Private Home Gallery
Knowing that the client was building a new home, we asked if he was planning a separate space for his extensive art collection purchased from a partner gallery. At that time, the purpose of all the rooms had already been determined, so the collaboration did not work out. A year and a half later, however, the client asked us to correct the mistake of the author of the main project and to think about placing a small private gallery on the underground floor.
The main requirement was that the room must be completely designed and made by Japanese artisans using Japanese materials. For him, the main value is not the cost, but the provenance – the history of creation and past owners, the energy of objects, and space. The objects in the collection are not linked by the same theme, so for a proper demonstration we have provided a special multimedia system and lighting programs.
When visiting the gallery, the viewer selects works of art by species or authorship in the media program, then the top lighting is dimmed, and miniature lights illuminate only the selected objects. At the same time, an accompanying video sequence appears on the screen in the tokonoma: either a video of the author of these objects with a story, or views of Japanese nature, setting the right mood for contemplation of the art. So, we were able to solve the issue of the disparate nature of the collection and its presentation.
Japanese-style rooms rarely have direct lighting devices: most often the room is illuminated by soft, reflected light from outside. Japanese works of art are made for this type of illumination, so in this gallery we have brought in soft indirect lighting.