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.
July 22, 2017–August 13, 2017
Born in Kagoshima, Japan, Shori Morinaga started out as carpenter and furniture maker, and opened his atelier Crate in 2007. There, he developed a passion for woodturning. In 2010, he met American sculptor Alma Allen in Joshua Tree and soon became his apprentice. Shoji continues to make turned wood objects and custom furniture at Crate, and shows his work around the world, from Playmountain Tokyo and Dieci in Osaka to Tortoise in Los Angeles.
Join us for the opening preview on Friday, July 21 from 5 to 8 pm.
June 10, 2017 – July 16, 2017
The next in Playmountain’s series on Japanese-influenced artists and makers: TEMBEA canvas bags and SOLS canvas sneakers.
TEMBEA means “to wander” in Swahili, so these canvas beauties made in Tokyo are meant to be your everyday companions. Whether carrying baguettes or biking to work, each bag softens over times and becomes part of your life.
SOLS is manufactured in Kurume, Fukuoka, a city well-known for its rubber industry. Created with a slight inward curve often seen in old canvas sneakers, and a vulcanization process to ensure durability, SOLS delicately expresses the traditional craftsmanship with a new point of view.
A small selection of handmade leather goods from RHYTHMOS will also be featured, made in Japan and crafted for everyday use.
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.”
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.”