Harajyuku MTG point by Upsetters Architects



Japanese studio Upsetters Architects have completed a meeting room interior for a design agency in Tokyo, Japan.


A large, angled table with a glossy, white surface dominates one end of the room, which is situated on the top floor of the building.


Painted plywood shelves provide storage.


Photographs by Yusuke Wakabayashi.


Here's some more information from Upsetters Architects:


Harajyuku MTG point

It is a meeting space for a design agent's office in Harajyuku, Tokyo.

The location is on the top floor of a building, which looks as though modernism had a deep impact in it. Its design had a rich environment by effective planning and openings toward an exterior.


Given this factor, we wanted to create a space which changes, taking in the exterior environment by "minimum manipulation = just adding the function of meeting table".


The table top is curved in the shape of the plan to maximize the flat space on the table in the small room. And subtracting the function of the table top, appears the foot space.


Eliminating the existing element of a table - table top and legs - even though it is minimally manipulated, we aimed for it to appear not only as a piece of furniture but a presentation of the total space.


The table-top is painted with a blue-white burnished paint. Subjected to light, as time passes, it dazzles.


The foot part mirrors and reflects surrounding, gradually changing the expression along with changes in the surrounding atmosphere.


The bookshelf is made from material that is patchworked with plywood in three different colors.


This unintentionally created random crosscuts and shadow dropped from surrounding lights creates subtle fluctuation.


It always creates freshness in an atmosphere that is suitable for meeting space, from the tension created by its form and the changing expression of space reflecting surrounding environment.


Shuzo Okabe (upsetters architects)
Project name: Harajyuku MTG point
Date: 2008.11
Type: Interior
location: Harajyuku, Tokyo, JPN
Total floor Area:25.4 sqm
Photos: Yusuke Wakabayashi


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Posted on Wednesday March 25th 2009 at 2:28 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • wow!! is it safe to have that very sharp edge???

  • collins

    Pardon me, but I think the meeting table is not practical at all. Firstly, one would have great difficulty in the sitting position with the legs and feet either akwardly placed side ways or spread embarrassingly apart to avoid hitting the sides of the table. And the sharp pointed end is just plain hazardous for the users. I think the designers have carried the aesthetics too far with scant consideration for the practical aspect and ergonomics of users.

  • cheerful charlie

    about as inspiring and comprehensible as a comment from Prof Zuy. It’s naff……..

  • modular

    Today at Gun’r’Us featuring a new weapon: the table.

  • rude

    this table is for people without leggs????

  • Sergi

    I would not like to hit that corner ;-)) surely designed by a woman that has something against men

  • Beautiful form for the table, but how do your legs fit under it?

  • joris

    Very, very expensive words for something that look just totally uncomfortable and awkward. Is this really a working/meeting room? I don’t understand this, your knees would be cramped against the slanted sides. It’s an object, not a table. Uncomfortable room layout as well. Maybe it’s because I’m not a design snob? A meeting room needs a good normal table and great chairs, not a beautifully executed ‘designed’ object that gets in the way.

  • davids

    nicely done. the table really fits in to the room, it looks attractive. but still i thing it has too little space under the table

  • Rory

    Were this firm named after the excellent ska group with the same name,

  • O.

    For facet shaped knees only, sorry…

  • Enough said about it.

  • Pablo

    everything about the table is painful.

  • modular

    Remember people… this was designed by architects and not by designers. No wonder the table “looks good” but “doesn’t work at all”.

    Vive la revolution!

  • aut

    no feng shui at all…
    although i like hot the atmosphere of the room changes when you take a seat at the table.

  • Lee Perry

    A table…. that’s it, that’s all? Van dam…

  • Xit

    The castration table is extreme, but I love those Morrison chairs, Aalto 65 crossed with Eames DCW.


    the whole space already feels dated.

  • Pablot

    Thy who wont pay shall meet the table

  • moocow

    Japanese are crazy so from a Japanese perspective it makes sence.