For the Pigment Store in Tokyo, Kengo Kuma Thought Like An Artist

Panels of coated steel backdrop paintbrushes for sale at Pigment, a Tokyo store by Kengo Kuma & Associates. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

An installation of washi paper greets shoppers at the entry. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

Suspended in front of the installation is an oversize horsehair calligraphy brush. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

This brush is made with pheasant feathers. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

Wire attaches the bamboo canopy to the ceiling. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

Painting workshops take place at the studio’s bamboo tabletop, lined with Kuma’s chairs. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

LED fixtures illuminate the bamboo shelves. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

Two brushes combine goat’s hair and rosewood. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

The bamboo canopy extends outside to a portico. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

Floorboards are oak. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

Glass jars hold the store’s 4,200 pigments. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen.

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