Eames Spotting in Shanghai Posted December 1, 2006 by Daniel Ostroff
We salute the editors of LINO: “Australia & New Zealand’s Premier Design Lifestyle Magazine” for giving renowned Japanese architect, KENGO KUMA a forum in which to describe his acclaimed new Shanghai, China building, known as “Z58.” His article, which starts on page 36 of the Summer (remember, their climate is the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere’s, if this were a Northern Hemisphere periodical, this issue would be the Winter issue) 2006/2007 issue, illustrates and defines the building by framing two Eames 670 lounge chairs in the signature room.
“The structure faces the Fanyu Road in the east portion of Shanghai, and a beautiful garden that was owned by the Sun Yat Sen family is located on the west side. The client is one of the largest international lighting companies in China, and wanted a multi-purpose building that integrated offices, a studio for lighting designers, and a guest house for overseas guests.”
In some ways, Kenzo Kuma’s Z58 reminds us of the Eames House in Pacific Palisades, where studio work space and living spaces are combined elegantly.
You can learn a lot about the Eames House at http://www.eamesfoundation.org/
For our Eames Spotting purposes, we are flagging this for the way in which Eames 670 chairs signify and define the good taste of the architect and the building’s owners. When we did a google search on the building and the architect, the very first “hit” also showed not the building’s exterior, but rather, the same interior, with the same two Eames 670 chairs highlighted! The Eames 670 chairs and their central placement in this one room are the defining characteristic of this new Shanghai landmark when photographers and journalists visit.