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Hotel CLASKA is happy to make the announcement of 2 new rooms designed by Mike Abelson / POSTALCO, planned to be presented this summer.
We are celebrating the 15th anniversary since CLASKA opened after a renovation of an old hotel, as the first-of-the-kind design hotel in Tokyo. In 2008, we enhanced the facilty's purposes and opened CLASKA Gallery & Shop "DO", which makes it the 10th anniversary this year for the shop. The project of the new rooms is a superb news to commemorate this special anniversary year, and we will be updating the "Rooms in Progress" a few times til the completion.
POSTALCO has been an important partner, and a wonder for "DO", since the start of the shop. In 2009, just after we started the shop, we held "POSTALCO UP UNTIL NOW : A peek inside POSTALCO's head" exhibition.
I have always been fascinated by POSTALCO's craftsmanship. The secret, I think is in Mike's extraordinary observation skills. Mike's eyes on observing things is always unique, and pays the closest attention to details. The observation creates a hypothesis, carefully lead by verification and experimentation, and a POSTALCO product is finally born. Also, Mike never forgets the spice of a pinch of humor. I am ever so excited to see how the new rooms designed by Mike will become.
ー Takeo Okuma / CLASKA Gallery & Shop "DO" Director
POSTALCO's products born from observation, verification, and experimentation process varies from document holders to rainwear, notebooks and more. Even on your first encounter, they all have a warmth in them that makes you feel attached. Now beloved by fans in not only Japan but world-wide, and we stock many items in CLASKA Gallery & Shop "DO" shops too.
Also, now based in Tokyo for over 15 years, POSTALCO is dedicated to finding new ways to apply Japanese craft in daily life. In designing the 2 new rooms for CLASKA, their attentive process is implemented, along with their passion for Japanese craft.
For our first feature of "Rooms in Progress", is a sketch drawn by Mike Abelson, along with his comment in creating the rooms.
©2018 Mike Abelson / Postalco
One of the most important, but often neglected aspect of a hotel room, is the lighting. I'm excited to be working on two rooms inspired by the classic Japanese novel, In Praise of Shadows, by Junichiro Tanizaki. In the book he compares beauty of shadows of traditional Japanese interiors with the dazzling light of the modern age. The rooms will have an exceptional range of lighting: from very dim, to very well lit, so you can enjoy & experience the space in new ways.
ー Mike Abelson / POSTALCO
With this sketch (and many more), we are now in the process of planning the details. We`ll have a few more "Rooms in Progress" updates before the completion in summer, so keep a look out!
Founded in Brooklyn, New York we are now based in Tokyo. Postalco has a passion for everyday objects and our relationships with them. Our logo is the carrier pigeon inspired by communication on paper. We began with document holders and notebooks but since then have applied our point of view to many other items; including leather wallets, rainwear, pens, key holders and bags. Based in Tokyo for over 15 years, we are dedicated to finding new ways to apply Japanese craft in daily life. Postalco's products are created to be used by anyone - male or female, young or old, people from all walks of life worldwide. What sets Postalco's designs apart are their supreme utility and ineffable warmth blended with the beauty of understatement.
Born in Los Angeles, California. Studied product design at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Moved to New York in 1997 to design the Jack Spade product collection and brand concept. He is based in Tokyo for over sixteen years. In addition to designing Postalco products he has worked with other clients including Calder Foundation, Sunspel, The Conran Shop, Issey Miyake, and Maison Hermès.