Ode to Art gallery is a key industry player when it comes to
providing art consultancy services for corporate and hospitality projects, both
locally and internationally.
Our recent project was based in Tokyo Japan, for the Ascott
Marunouchi Tokyo serviced apartments. Located in central Tokyo the building is
situated a stone throw away from Ginza and other cultural hotspots. Built for
both business and leisure travellers, this serviced apartment aimed to create
an urban oasis. Tying this in with Japan’s deep-rooted appreciation for the
notion of Zen, peace and relaxation in a first world economy now known for its
rush hours and busting crowds, this was
to be a place where one can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city
life to rest and rejuvenate.
It was an absolute delight
working alongside the brilliant design team at Ascott Tokyo, and we would like
to extend our congratulations to them for winning the Best Interior Design
category for Ascott Marunouchi at the Serviced Apartment Awards 2019. We at Ode
to Art are honoured to be the art consultant and art supplier for such a
prestigious hotel project in central Tokyo. Just like Ascott’s international
brand, the curation of this art story proudly showcases an international
spectrum of artists with a knack for Japanese sensibility, whose works complement and add a new
aesthetic dimension to the overall presentation of remarkable interior design.
As the art consultant for this exclusive project, working
alongside the talented Ascott interior design team, we embellished the walls
and spaces of the apartment facilities with breathtaking works of contemporary
art. From bold sculptures to unique wall accents and interior decorations, every
aspect of the facility’s feel, aesthetics and spaces were taken into account to
ensure the art completed the room and made it feel wholesome without clutter.
Our team began building on the prominent concept of Zen, a
philosophy and lifestyle widely recognized and practiced in Japan. We also
focused on the concept of nature and the four seasons, which while common place
around the world in terms of occurrence, is especially well commemorated in
Japan. For the Japanese, the celebrations of a renewed spring is marked by the
blooming cherry blossoms, followed by the warm summers bringing with it
promises of rain. Autumn brings the relief of cooler winds, and Winter is
hailed as a time of peace and silence for all. Traditionally, the seasons are
associated with Japanese folk religions as ‘Kami’ (gods and deities), and even
have remarkable shrines to acknowledge the changing of seasons and the passing
Along with this, our team was especially conscious of
Japan's integral concept of aesthetics, and sought to infuse the global spirit
of contemporary art with a dash of Japanese sensibility. Hence, the curated
works in the rooms and public spaces of the facility focused mainly around 3
main Japanese philosophies of Wabi-sabi, Miyabi and Shibui.
Condensing these 3 concepts for the benefit of our readers,
1. Wabi-sabi refers to a conscious and mindful approach to
daily life. It involves the practice of finding beauty and meaning in the
mundane and simple which takes cultivation.
2. Miyabi which is less well known as wabi-sabi is equally
as important. Known as "courtly elegance", it refers to the
appreciation of things with the possession of knowledge, sophistication and
understanding beyond the superficial.
3. Shibui refers to a beauty of simple, subtle, and
unobtrusive beauty. Shibui objects appear to be simple but in fact possess
intricate and subtle details upon closer inspection.
With a mix of Japanese, Korean and international artists -
the interior was delightfully transformed into a sublime, contemporary space.
With works ranging big to small, our installations featured warm colour schemes
and simple, elegant designs and patterns,
which, again, highlights the subtlety and simplicity of Japanese
aesthetic; a subsection of Minimalism.
With 15 years of valued experience, our gallery is able to
develop, design, and procure artworks according to a project’s needs, curating
personalized, individualistic spaces hallmarked by our contemporary art pieces
from our vast collection of global artists.