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Title-Kuma’s Marumarushikaku: Honoring Sakamoto

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In the world of design, where innovation meets tradition, Japanese architect Kengo Kuma continues to push boundaries with his latest creation, the Marumarushikaku modular wooden shelf. This project not only showcases Kuma’s design prowess but also carries on the legacy of his friend and collaborator, the late Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Architectural updates are constantly shaping the design landscape, and Kuma’s Marumarushikaku is a testament to this. Inspired by the circular partition plates and rectangular boards that divide its levels, this modular shelf is not just a piece of furniture but a work of art that reflects Kuma’s deep connection to nature and craftsmanship.

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The Marumarushikaku modular wooden shelf is more than just a functional piece of furniture; it’s a tribute to Ryuichi Sakamoto’s vision and design legacy. Sakamoto, the founder of More Trees, a design company focused on creating wooden products with local craftsmen using wood from Japanese forests, was set to unveil a new wooden piece before his passing. Kuma, who has supported More Trees’ activities and was a close friend of Sakamoto, has taken on the role of continuing his friend’s work as the new leader of the company.

Kuma’s Marumarushikaku marks his return to More Trees, following his previous creation of the stackable and modular triangular pieces known as ‘Tsumiki’. With Marumarushikaku, Kuma once again showcases his commitment to incorporating nature into his works, using wood from Hokkaido and manufacturing it in Shimokawa-cho. The result is a modular wooden shelf that not only serves as a functional piece of furniture but also as a statement of design and craftsmanship.

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Architectural updates like the Marumarushikaku modular wooden shelf highlight the evolving nature of design. With its rotating plates and multi-leveled tiers, this shelf allows owners to customize and style it according to their preferences. Whether used to display plants, books, or other items, the Marumarushikaku’s light wood color and airy design add a touch of elegance to any space.

Kuma’s Marumarushikaku will be unveiled for the first time at the Ace Hotel Kyoto, an accommodation he designed himself, in collaboration with More Trees × Pearl+. The event falls on the day of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s passing, serving as a fitting tribute to the Japanese composer and artist. Visitors to the hotel can see the Marumarushikaku shelf stacked up to eight levels high at the lobby from March 28th to April 14th, 2024. This event not only celebrates Kuma’s latest creation but also honors the legacy of Ryuichi Sakamoto, showcasing the power of design to transcend time and space.

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