tokyo: viridian march

© hermès japon / photography: satoshi asakawa

there's hardly any other place on the planet where hermès' artisanal excellence resonates as well as in japan, and it's no wonder that the luxury brand makes quite an effort to continue mesmerizing its following there. next to an elaborate range of meticulously crafted products, hermès is known for its engagement with the arts and collaborations with leading creatives. it so happens that maison hermès ginza, as one of its most prestigious flagship stores on the planet, also serves as a brand showcase. the store boasts a gallery space on the 8th floor where interesting art shows are regularly held, but aditionally stuns with beautifully conceptualized window installations. currently on display is a lush, nature-inspired installation by japanese artist sakae ozawa, entitled viridian march, and which draws on the concept of metamorphosis. portrayed is a quiet room interior, against the backdrop of a tranquil autumn setting. the wallpaper, window glass and floor become the embodiment of lush green leaves and sturdy young branches, immersing the window space in an intensely procreative power that's seemingly ready to explode from within the room. the installation is right up the alley of ozawa, who as it happens, is known and admired or paintings that comprise unique colour schemes and rich and powerful narratives [on through sep 18]. location: maison hermès ginza, 4-1-5 ginza [ginza].

© hermès japon / photography: satoshi asakawa