Shigeru Uchida - Important Design London Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the designer by the present owner, 2016

  • Exhibited

    ‘Pastoe at 90’, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, 15 September-12 October 2013

  • Literature

    Shigeru Uchida, Ikuyo Mitsuhashi, Toru Nishioka and Studio 80, Interior Design, Vol. II, Cologne, 1996, pp. 40-41, 170
    Phyllis Richardson, XS: Big Ideas, Small Buildings, London, 2002, pp. 29, 31

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot is accompanied by a Isamu Noguchi table lamp, model no. YA2.

    ‘Gyo-an’ was designed by Shigeru Uchida for the 'Yu-ni arazu, Gei-ni arazu' exhibition in 1993, as part of a series of three, including the tearooms ‘Ji-an’ and ‘So-an’, each respectively, associated with three of the five aggregates of Buddhism: mental formations, sensation and perception. Made from a bamboo and cedar frame, this portable tearoom features a cubic space with geometric screens, which creates an intimate space surrounded with a patterned shadow effect. Informed by the rituals of the Japanese tea ceremony, the work is a celebration of the spirit of mindfulness, creating a modern meditative space in which the mind can contemplate and focus on the light and shadows created by the transparent walls.

    ‘Gyo-an’, ‘Ji-an’ and ‘So-an’ have been exhibited extensively internationally including at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; the Metropolitan Museum, New York; and the Carnegie Museums, Pittsburgh. The present lot was exhibited in 2003 at ‘Pastoe at 90’, Central Museum, Utrech before returning to the studio. Additionally, the present model was recently included in exhibitions at 'Wander from Within', Villa Necchi Campiglio, Milan and 'Recalling Shigeru Uchida', Ippodo Gallery, Tokyo, in 2017.


'Gyo-an' tearoom

circa 1993
Japanese cedar, bamboo.
202.5 x 248 x 248 cm (79 3/4 x 97 5/8 x 97 5/8 in.)

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £43,750

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Important Design

London Auction 18 October 2018