Rolls by Sinato


Diesel Denim by Chikara Ohno

Japanese designer Chikara Ohno of Sinato has installed coils of aluminium sheeting at the Diesel Denim Gallery Aoyama in Tokyo.

Diesel Denim by Chikara Ohno

The ends of the rolls have been draped from the ceiling and the middles of some pushed upwards, while glass surfaces on top of the rolls can be used to display merchandise.

Diesel Denim by Chikara Ohno

More installations at Diesel Denim Gallery Aoyama on Dezeen:

Labyrinth of Woods by Point
Nature Factory by Makoto Tanijiri
Power Plant by Geneto
Heart of Shapes by Keiko + Manabu

Suspended Figure by Ayako Maruta
Another Geography by Kimihiko Okada
Boojum by Megumi Matsubara with AssistantHeart of Shapes by Keiko + Manabu

Diesel Denim by Chikara Ohno

Photographs are by Toshiyuki Yano.

Here's some more information from the gallery:

DIESEL DENIM GALLERYAOYAMA present a store installation “ROLLS” by Chikara Ohno / Sinato.

Diesel Denim by Chikara Ohno

DIESEL DENIM GALLERYAOYAMA has a high reputation by curating featuring a lot of talented creators like video director Timothy Saccenti (Partisan) and an architect Makoto Tanijiri.

Diesel Denim by Chikara Ohno

Among other exhibitors are architect Kimihiko Okada whose work Another Geography was scaled up at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and artist Mark Jenkins whowas chosen by Time magazine as one of the Top Ten Artists.

Diesel Denim by Chikara Ohno

Now the gallery is known as a gateway to success for new artists and architects.

Diesel Denim by Chikara Ohno

Concept by the architect:

The characteristic of aluminium, the material used fro the installation, is its softness and thinness, yet harder than cloth or paper.

Diesel Denim by Chikara Ohno

Its possession of both soft and hard qualities makes it easy to be bent by hands.

Diesel Denim by Chikara Ohno

By winding and sometimesextending this single long strip of aluminium from the entrance to the back-end of the store, it creates a beautiful waving form, changing its function and features as the material strength changes.

Diesel Denim by Chikara Ohno

This flexible quality of the material represents a gentle connection between the softness of clothes and hardness of architecture.

Diesel Denim by Chikara Ohno

Title: ROLLS
Artist: Chikaro Ohno / Sinato
Curation: Masaaki Takahashi (BRIZHEAD)
Date: 2010.7.23

Diesel Denim by Chikara Ohno

Address: 6-3-3, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

See also:


Ayako Maruta at
Diesel Denim Gallery
Point at
Diesel Denim Gallery
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Posted on Friday July 30th 2010 at 2:30 pm by Joe Mills. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Anniko

    Reminds me of toilet paper.

  • I didn't look where I was walking and gave myself a nose-job, on top of it all I needed to pay for all the items I ended up bleeding on.

    On an aside, I like the creative use of materials here. I think they could have played with the aluminium more. The effect is quite striking, the lighting from the center of the rolls creates a great quality of light reflecting off the aluminium.

  • wpgmb

    the view from the street begs the question: is this an art gallery or an aluminium factory?

  • BEN

    Weird piece of modern art. Yet for some reason personally I love it. It is in a way very… Japanese

  • seth

    Nice… just hope no one falls

  • docggogi

    More and more this brandshop is going to be kind of art. Very weird and beautiful.

  • messy

    At least it’s Japanese and not white. Almost colourful…