140 years old! Find a "favorite" contemporary artist in an old folk house
Kanagawa Gallery Sanpo
( Shino Yamamoto / Galerie Watts)
This time, we are walking in the direction of Mt. Jinba, which straddles Sagamihara City in Kanagawa Prefecture and Hachioji City in Tokyo.
A short trip to enjoy a drive rather than a walk. I got off at the Sagamiko Interchange on the Chuo Expressway, and on the way up the mountain, I encountered a lot of people who enjoyed climbing. Mt. Jinba is said to have been selected as one of the "100 Views of Fujimi in Kanto" and "50 Scenic Views of Kanagawa".
The green layer becomes thicker as you go deeper, and while you drive the car while enjoying the phytoncide with the windows fully open, you will discover a nice horizontal old folk house between the trees across the river.
If you don't know "in the mountains like this!", You will be surprised to find a modern gallery here.
We arrived at gallery studio fujino after passing through a gate that was once used as a stable.
This is the gate seen from the gallery side. It seems that the stable was on the right.
The old wooden Japanese house is nostalgic and reminds me of my grandpa's house. When you open the sliding door and enter, the dirt floor is a cafe corner.
The owners of gallery studio fujino are art director Yuko Higashikawa and Mr. and Mrs. Hitoshi Fujisaki, a woodworking furniture craftsman.
It's been 10 years since I lived here, but before that, I've lived in Milan for 7 years.
Mr. Higashikawa is involved in the visualization of various brand images and design of exhibitions at the Italian design office cerri & associati, while Mr. Fujisaki is involved in the production of custom-made furniture and the production of designers such as master Enzo Mari. I did.
"I used to work as a freelance woodworker, but in Italy, the design, craftsmen, and manufacturers are independent and can live separately, so it was an environment where it was easy to work even if I was free. It was also an interesting job to decorate the private bank. "
They were able to continue living in Italy as they were, but laughed, "I couldn't imagine how they would live permanently in Italy in the future."Mr. Fujisaki.
It's a wasteful story.
When I returned to Japan, it was difficult to make furniture in Tokyo, so I was looking for a suburb, and I heard that I came across this property, but at the beginning there was a raccoon dog living in the attic.
Restoring a 140-year-old house over two years. It's too wide and I'm still working on it little by little.
The cafe table and simple blue sofa are original by Mr. Fujisaki. Next to it is the rattan chair of interior designer Isamu Kenmochi, which is collected at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The frame on the wall has the art of a used coffee filter! I was suddenly grabbed by the modern space that I couldn't imagine from the outside.
By the way, when you go up inside the store, you can see the works of the artist such as pottery and ornaments everywhere, and it is so exciting that your eyes will swim.
Simple beauty. Coexistence of laughter and coolness. Delicate handicrafts ... I feel the selection of two people in the world of design. Most of the furniture and fixtures are made by Mr. Fujisaki, and you can also consult about custom-made furniture.
Going further back, there is a corner room that the landlord, who is over 60 years old, was given in the study room when he was little, and it is a luxurious space that captures beautiful scenery. Mr. Higashikawa and his colleagues use it as a gallery space for contemporary art.
The works gathered here have a dignified presence, such as an object that can be mistaken for a stone by a young artist, Shiho Hayashi, and an object by Guido de Zan, an artist that Fujisaki was involved in in Italy. The object that Mr. Fujisaki enjoys making recently, with a tin-based expression on the wood, was also really beautiful. A small sculpture that changes the space just by placing one in the house. After all it is good, Toshimi.
I am very happy to meet new writers with my favorite taste.
At first, we only had our own atelier, and we didn't think about the gallery in particular.Two people.
"But it was a murderous scene with only furniture, so when I put my friend's pottery work, the number of creators gradually increased, and this time," I'm sorry to let you come back to such a distant place. " I decided to start a cafe (laughs) "
At the cafe, you can enjoy Higashikawa's handmade cakes and paninis. The plate, which was originally made with antique details for a French event, is now a symbol of Mr. Fujisaki.
A gallery in the deep mountains.
A river runs down the garden. Slowly enjoy the forest bath and thoroughly touch the works of contemporary artists.
When I come here, my sensibility seems to be sharpened.
gallery studio fujino
768 Sanogawa, Midori-ku, Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture 252-0181
* Opening hours: 12: 00-17: 00
* Opening of the corridor Basically, only on Saturdays and Sundays every month. It changes when there is an event
(Because it may be closed, please check. Info@studiofujino.com)
* Parking lot is nearby
▶ ︎Get off at "Fujino Station" on the JR Chuo Line. Get off at the last stop of Kanagawa Bus bound for Wada, 3 minutes walk
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