Name: Otsuka Gofukuten
Designer: Yusuke Seki
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Wakon is a minimalist interior located in Kyoto, Japan, designed by Yusuke Seki. This store is located at the feet of Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社, Yasaka-jinja), once called Gion Shrine which is a Shinto shrine in the Gion District of Kyoto, Japan. This building was constructed 70 years ago, and has been a Tofu (Japanese bean curd) store in the past. Gofuku (another world: Kimono) is a traditional cloth which has varying price, range, qualities, which can sometimes confuse the customer. Even Japanese people would wear Kimonos in everyday life in bygone eras, nowadays we only wear for special occasions, as it has a recent reputation as a garment reserved for high society to wear to special, formal events.
The store purpose is to re-introduce Kimono culture. It has a clear 3-step price system to allow new customers to choose the suitable product, and to compare to other pre-existing traditional kimono stores. On the second floor, it opens up as a gallery space with kimono related modern art and a design works exhibition.The main design concept uses aspects from the past and introduces new hand craft towards a new design for the future.