Starting in February 2017, the Boiler Room will host Playmountain East, a year-long series of programs featuring Japanese and Japanese-influenced artists and makers in a pop-up style shop operated by Tokyo’s Landscape Products. The year will include work in a variety of media, including iron, wood, ceramics, and fashion; a spotlight program on regional craft; and a special series on the work of Japanese women artists and artisans.
Acclaimed designer and owner of multi-faceted design firm Landscape Products, Shinichiro Nakahara opened Playmountain in Tokyo in 2000. A tightly curated edit of simple, beautifully hand-crafted objects (mostly created by Japanese artisans), from children’s toys to furniture, Playmountain has gained a significant following and is on the "must see" list for design enthusiasts visiting Tokyo. Heath has partnered with Playmountain several times in the past, including a pop up at Heath Ceramics LA, and the Dashi pop up shop at Heath SF.
April 21, 2017 – May 14, 2017
Exhibition statement from Shinichiro Nakahara:
I have been pursuing the work of Japanese and American Craftswomen for several years. Fascinated by the viewpoints presented by their creative activities, I find beautiful the particularly deep involvement I see given to the work. The tradition of Craftsmen in Japan is extensive and has produced fine work, but it has also been based on a certain stoicism. In recent years this has gradually changed along with an increasing number of Japanese Craftswomen who create with great freedom of thought. Seeing not only the work of these Craftswomen, but also their processes, has given me a glimpse into their lives. I had anticipated feeling connected to their perspectives and their pursuit of beauty. I discovered not only did I appreciate the completed object but also the landscape surrounding its creation.
We are presenting a total of 10 Japanese female artists — Akiko Oue, Fumi Sako, Hiroyo Masuko, Masae Mitoma, Momoca Usagi, Nutel, Reimi, Rino Akihiro, Tomoko Wada, and Yumiko Iihoshi — who are artists, product designers, ceramicists, metalsmiths, paper artists, illustrators, rug makers, and glass sculptors.
The opening reception is Friday, April 21, from 5–8 pm.
February 24, 2017 – March 19, 2017
On a Japanese map of the Pacific Ocean, California is located to the east of the Japanese Islands. East is West, and West is East.
Since its inception Landscape Products has been inspired by California: its architecture and design, arts and crafts, music, and films. In other words, we have always been excited by the cultural breeze that blows from there.
This is why we have named our new retail venture in San Francisco Playmountain East. Even though we are across the Pacific from each other, we are close neighbors of heart and mind. Please keep watching kindly over us as we begin our journey "East.”