Tadao Ando designs Georg Jensen boutique

Interior of Georg Jensen boutique

Photo by Art Gray

It’s a minimal match made in heaven: Tadao Ando, a pioneer of modern Japanese architecture, and Georg Jensen, one of Denmark’s best-loved design houses, joined forces in the creation of Jensen’s new Rodeo Drive boutique in Los Angeles.

According to an interview with Interior Design, Ando describes his vision for the 2,500 square-foot space as an aquatic environment with Jensen’s quintessential Danish design pieces emerging like “fireflies on the sea.” Ando designed the two longitudinal walls of acrylic tubes, punctuated by recessed display areas and backlit by over 100,000 LED lights to imbue the rectangular space with a cool sapphire glow. An oak floor connects the two walls with a series of simple white pedestal stands and spot lighting.

Ando is perhaps best-known for taking the most fundamental of geometric forms — whether it be a circle, square or triangle — and utterly transforming the shape with a razor-like precision which captures light, materials, and unusual spatial programming in a strikingly simple plan. He often refers to materials by their spiritual qualities, and some of his best works reflect a zen-like simplicity: his Water Temple in Hyogo and the Church of Light in Osaka are excellent examples. Ando has also won several awards, including the Pritzker Prize of Architecture in 1995.

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