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The Danish Japanese Connection: Rogoba in Tokyo

By Susan Rogers Chikuba

What do textiles woven by the semi-nomadic peoples of Turkey, Iran, and Uzbekistan have to do with mid-century Danish chair and lighting designs? Visit Rogoba near Hanzomon Station to find out. A one-stop shop for classic pieces by Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, Poul Kjærholm, Ole Wanscher and Hans Wegner, this charismatic design shop sets off the minimalist aesthetic with kilim rugs, kaitag wall hangings, and cushions made of ikat and suzani panels—all crafted with handspun threads dyed with natural botanicals, and festooned with ancient talismanic symbols in pleasing geometric shapes. Imagine Nanna & Jørgen Ditzel’s Hanging Egg Chair smartened by a one-of-kind cushion made of old kilim.

Rogoba

1-3-14 Hirakawa-cho Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo +81 3 3221 8811

 

Fabric photograph: Susan Rogers Chikuba


We're starting 2015 with The Danish Japanese Connection—stories that celebrate the coming together of two very distinctive, design-driven cultures.

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