The “Art Deco Petal Former Asaka Palace Interior Space” exhibition is open until December 25, 2016.
The main building of the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum in Meguro originally lived in Asaka Palace and has been open to the public since 1983.
This museum holds an exhibition once a year to introduce the building itself, and this time, we pay attention to the glass, stone, tiles, and metal fittings used in the interior. I am looking forward to taking pictures on weekdays (Monday to Friday) only during this session.
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Go through the forest and meet a winged female figure
The cream-colored building that appears when you walk through the forest from the gate is the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum Main Building (formerly Asaka Palace House).
When you enter the porch, a relief with a height of 2.5 meters will welcome you.Four female figures with wings are connected to the relief with festoons, and it seems that it will pop out at any moment.Designed for the Asaka Palace by René Lalique, who is famous for glass crafts, it is made by pouring glass into a mold.
Initially, this is the entrance, and the central glass door has a handle.See also the mosaic pattern on the floor made of different colored natural stones.The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum is an “Art Deco” style building that was popular in the 1920s and 1930s.
The Asaka and his wife were impressed by the Art Deco style, and asked Henri Lapin, who worked on many interior decorations for the pavilion at the 1925 Art Deco Expo, to design their own home interior.Lapin incorporates the work of French writers who were active on the front lines at the time.The basic design was performed by Yokichi Gondo, an engineer in the Imperial Household Dormitory.
Hospitality in large rooms
It is this “large room” where the best of Art Deco gathered.It features a linear, symmetrical design, radial, zigzag, and circular motifs, and was suitable for a functional, beautiful and modern city.
On the ceiling, there are circles and zigzag patterns made of plaster and plaster, and the gorgeous Lalique chandelier hangs down.At the top of the wall that surrounds the room is an oil painting depicting the forest by in-home decorator and designer Henri Lapin.
The pillar extending from the floor to near the ceiling is an Ionian type with spirals on the left and right of the upper part.
The semicircular shape on the upper left door is a curved pattern made of iron by the iron craftsman Raymon Shubu, and the door and the front sliding door are etched glass with a floral motif created by painter and glass craftsman Max Anglan. Is fitted.
There is also a flower motif on the radiator covers (heater covers) on the left and right of the long sofa.The sliding door over the long sofa opens, and you can see the white porcelain perfume tower in the next room.A fountain with water flowing to the side of the tower, and perfume was dropped on the top of the tower to entertain guests.
This is also a Lapin design.The vermilion-colored walls do not overlook the artificial marble infused with platinum foil and the floor mosaics.
The veranda on the 2nd floor was simple in black and white, and it was a place dedicated to His Highness and Princess, with a good view of the garden.The waist wall is made of light gray marble and the floor is made of white and black marble in a checkered pattern.
Unlike other decorative rooms, it has a modern feel.This white and black is the name of the museum shop.”Bran” in front of the main gate, “Noir” in the new building, and French means white and black respectively.
There is also a semi-circular balcony in the living room of the Queen at the back of the balcony, where the colored tiles that were restored in 2015 are lined up neatly.
Let’s stop for a moment in the glass passage from the main building to the new building.Does the glass look a little distorted? Light that passes through this glass can shape the floor.
The heart symbol as shown in the picture can be made only during autumn to winter sunshine.In the cafe “Cafe de Palais” (meaning the cafe of the residence) on the first floor of the new building,.You can enjoy original sweets with original tableware with Art Deco pattern, and you can enjoy tea on the terrace.
Get to know the history of the Garden Museum
The main building of the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum was completed in 1933 as the main residence of the Asaka Palace, and was used as the Foreign Minister’s Official Residence and Guest House after the war, and was opened as a museum in 1983.
The new building was completed after the renewal in 2014, and in 2015 the main building, tea room, main gate, etc. were designated as important cultural assets of the country.