JUNZO SAKAKURA

1901-1969
Japan

Junzo Sakakura is a Japanese architect and designer from the Modern Movement. He is widely known and recognized thanks to his connections with the great figures of the movement and the famous buildings he designed.

After studying Art History at Tokyo Imperial University (now University of Tokyo), he goes to Paris : this educative journey will be the most significant of his career. Indeed, he worked at Le Corbusier’s workshop from 1931 to 1939, the year of his return to Japan. Close to the team and the master, he focused his skills on the social dimension of architecture and human needs for large plants. During his time in Le Corbusier’s office, he got closer to a main figure, Charlotte Perriand. And Junzo Sakakura is the one who allowed Charlotte Perriand to become the cultural advisor to the Ministry of Commerce in Japan. The design, both Japanese and French, was changed forever.

He is the most famous Japanese architect of the Modern Movement, especially because he is the creator of the Japanese Pavilion of the International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques, in 1937, in Paris. He awarded the Grand Prize for this production mixing Japanese tradition with elements of Modernity. This double side is a true pattern in his work and assure his success.
In 1950, he won the competition to build Japan’s first public museum of modern art, the Museum of Modern Art in Kamakura. With its stilts floating on stones in the water, he puts together the precepts of Le Corbusier without and some nippon marks. This museum dedicated a large retrospective to Junzo Sakakura in 2009, showing the importance of his contribution to Japanese architecture and world one.

Architect trained with Le Corbusier, social and human dimensions are omnipresent in his work. He made few pieces of furniture but the ones he designed are very accurate. He never forgot the precepts of his mentor and adapted them to Japanese culture, especially with lower seats, careful work on wood and a light and refined general design.

In 2017, the Maison de la Culture du Japon, in Paris, devoted a large exhibition to him, « Junzo Sakakura : An Architecture for Man », bringing to light how this artist never stopped creating to facilitate and improve life of human being •

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Pair of 5016 easy chairs

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5016 easy chairs

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