In comparison with the energetic buzz of Tokyo, the town of Kyoto nonetheless operates at a satisfyingly measured hum, retaining rather more than a veneer of the nation’s deep seated traditions, crafts, and historical past. It’s a metropolis the place heritage nonetheless survives regardless of the encroachment of latest conveniences and applied sciences, and the place the historical past of many companies could be measured in a long time…or even more than a century.
MAKHNO Studio, a Ukrainian studio devoted to modern Ukrainian structure, inside design, and ceramics, was tasked to thoughtfully replace a bit of a century-old home in Kyoto in respect to this enduring spirit of historical Japanese tradition – to fastidiously add “a drop of Ukrainian coloration to the Japanese context.”
Owned by a household with youngsters, the century-old KYOTO HOUSE nonetheless wears a discernible diploma of its conventional heritage as exhibited by the rooms’ textured clay wall surfaces, authentic tatami mats, shoji screens, and a flooring plan optimized for furnishings located nearer to the bottom. The household makes use of this part of the house to stage conventional tea ceremonies and accommodate for in a single day company. The problem introduced to MAKHNO Studio was discovering the gentlest path towards restoration, using solely touches of modernity with a conscientious care to take care of its historic atmosphere.
A pair of Wassily Chairs by Marcel Breuer for Knoll on paper could seem incongruous with the standard Japanese components, however positioned thoughtfully as visible bookends, the seamless tubular body and black leather-based blends pleasantly into its launched setting.
The inside is characterised by its “shoin-zukuri” or “examine type” detailing with origins spanning again to the dwellings of Zen monks and samurai of the fifteenth to sixteenth centuries, an architectural modus vivendi recognized by rooms incorporating rice paper partitions and shoji sliding doorways.
New components of Ukrainian aesthetics had been launched to interaction with the unique components, together with Ukrainian zoomorphic ceramics, plates, and earthenware by MAKNO Studio’s personal Slavko Odarchenko, work by artist Oleksandr Babak, in addition to conventional and fashionable Japanese graphics. The additions are delicate, with the sum of its impact upon everything of the house speaking the house operates not as a museum, however as a usable house conscious of the current.
The waves of time left traces on [the home], making it distinctive. Subsequently, when reconstructing it, it was vital to not destroy these emotions, however reasonably to refine and improve them by including a drop of Ukrainian coloration to the Japanese context.
A “roji,” or small tea backyard, welcomes company with poetic landscaping adorned with Japanese ritual stones and Ukrainian DIDO artwork sculptures from the MAKHNO workshop. The small items are positioned as protecting totems, shielding occupants from unhealthy vibes and undesirable company.
The KYOTO HOUSE embodies the harmonious convergence of two distinct cultures, inviting people to immerse themselves within the serene simplicity of savoring tea, connecting with our senses, and in appreciation of Japanese heritage. Or as succinctly acknowledged by MAKHNO Studio’s founder, Serhii Makhno: “It is a residence for tea and life.”
Pictures by Naoki Miyashita.