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Nature Factory by Makoto Tanijiri

Makoto Tanijiri of Hiroshima architects Suppose Design Office has completed an installation at the Diesel Denim Gallery Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan.


Called Nature Factory, the installation uses plastic plumbing pipes and joints to create a series of tree-like forms inside the store.


See our earlier story about this project.


The installation opened last week and runs until 31 January 2010.


More Dezeen stories about Suppose Design Office:

House in Minamimachi
House in Matsuyama
House in Nagoya
House in Saijo
House in Jigozen
House in Sakuragawa
House in Kamakura


More Dezeen stories about exhibitions at Diesel Denim Gallery:

Power Plant by Geneto
Heart of Shapes Keiko + Manabu
Boojum by Megumi Matsubara with Assistant
Arrojadoa by Jaime Hayon
Another Geography by Kimihiko Okada
Suspended Figure by Ayako Murata


Here's some info about the project, about Tanijiri and the gallery:


Diesel Denim Gallery Aoyama is presenting a store installation “nature Factory” by Makoto Tanijiri.


Denim as recognised work clothes formerly has, at times, shown different expressions as fashion items to the people. Equally, a group of plumbing, usually unnoticed, shows completely different expressions under the name of “Nature Factory”. The complex plumbing, trailing by the wall in all directions will cover all over the space. It is like a tree grown over a long time. An atmosphere like a natural arbor is created in the space covered with artificial plumbing.


New attractive scenery is presented with plumbing and fashion-items to show such primarily functional things actually are more diverse and also have higher value.


Artist Profile: Makoto Tanijiri

Architect. Born in Hiroshima in 1974. Established suppose design office in 2000. Has designed over 60 residences and his work sphere is broad including commercial spaces, set-ups of exhibition spaces and products. As of 2008, many domestic and international projects are in progress while based in Hiroshima and Tokyo.



2002 JCD Design Award
2003 JCD Design Award
2003 Good Design Award
2004 Hiroshima Town Planning Award
2004 JCD Design Award
2005 INAX Design Award
2005 JCD Design Award
2006 Good Design Award
2007 JCD Design Award
2007 INAX Design Award
2007 Danto tile Design Contest
2008 INAX Design Award
2009 Environment of House Design Award


Curator Profile: Masaaki Takahashi

Masaaki Takahashi is an independent writer and editor specialising in design, architecture, art and culture. He is a regular contributor to AD:Architectural Design, Interior Design, FRAME, and Mark magazines. His work also appears in other international publications such as environmental design at London Metropolitan University. Gained degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology at The State University of New York., at the same time he took courses at New York University.


He established his own editorial production company, Brizhead, in 1996. Authored: Japan The New Mix: Interiors, Architecture and More, Cardinal Rules of Architectural Presentation, Design City Tokyo, Sweet Shop Interiors & Graphics, etc.


About Diesel Denim Gallery

Only existing in Tokyo and New York, DIESEL DENIM GALLERY is the signature store for the most prestigious collection at Diesel, and it functions as a gallery space as well. It has been actively supporting talented rising artists by providing its space to exhibit their work.


DIESEL DENIM GALLERY AOYAMA holds art installations twice a year on the 1st floor, and art exhibitions four times a year, featuring different artists on each floor. Actual artworks can be purchased at the gallery. Experience our unique and innovative art space at DIESEL DENIM GALLERY.



Title: Nature Factory
Artist: Makoto Tanijiri / Suppose design office
Curation: Masaaki Takahashi (BRIZHEAD)
Date: 2009.8.14 (Fri) – 2010.1.31 (Sun)
Address: 6-3-3, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 81-3-64 18-5323
Hours: 13:00-20:00
Holidays: Non-regular Holiday