Yamagata Dantsu first crossed paths with Kengo Kuma with the construction of the New Kabuki-za in 2013. He came to visit our factory while we were making the carpet for the main lobby. He was impressed with out craftsmanship and thus started our collaboration.
His first design was the simple nature design, Koke, or moss, which was delicate yet bold and thought provoking. His next two designs were Ishi and Mori and served to expand on his first.
His take on ‘A Warm Welcome for Every Foot’ is still continuing to expand.
Born in 1954 and graduated with a masters in architecture from the University of Tokyo, he established his own office Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990. In 1997, he won the Architectural Institute of Japan Award for his “Noh Stage in the Forest”. Then in 2000 he won two more awards for “Stone Museum” and “Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art”. In 2010 he won the Minichi Geijutsu Award for his “Nezu Museum”. His recent works include “Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center” and “Nagaoka City Hall Aore”.