Cibreo Restaurant, Tokyo

ザ・ウォール – Nigel Coates’ ‘The Wall’, Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo


Stained glass executed by Brian for Cibreo, a restaurant on the top floor of architect Nigel Coates’ building ‘The Wall’ in Tokyo - intimate in scale, and filling the room with a wash of restrained colour, a latticework of blue makes up the gridded base of the subtly-canted wall, the majority of which is milky, opalescent mouth-blown glass, interrupted by a brilliant rectangle of red, across the whole of which play the amorphic forms which were Clarke's visual fingerprint through much of the 1980s and 90s. The hand-cut and painted, collaged design has three figures from fashion shoots at Brian’s 80s New York studio, where sitters included Miles Davis, Alan Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Annie Leibowitz, Tony Shafrazi and Brian himself, photographed by Yoshihiko Ueda. The 516 sq ft wall of stained glass uses a mix of daylight and concealed lighting to function through an 18-hour day.

"The top floor of a five-storey Nigel Coates building in Tokyo, the Cibreo restaurant is, in comparison to other Brian Clarke projects, very intimate in scale. Responding to the limited space Clarke designed a work passive in colouration, interrupted by very restrained dynamic elements that recall his earlier painterly interest in Japanese screen painting and calligraphy.." – from the 1993 monograph Designs on Architecture.

Architect: Nigel Coates; interior architect: Naoki Iijima. 48 square metres (516 sq ft) of stained glass.