Sou Fujimoto for Canaan Hong Kong 2016 - 2017
Canaan had a brief stint in Hong Kong between 2016 - 2017 and opened a semi-permanent pop up inside Potato Head Hong Kong in the city’s dynamic Sai Ying Pun district. Designed by Sou Fujimoto, Potato Head Hong Kong is spread across 750 square metres space, with an all-day dining space and bar, a discreet audiophile listening space and the first outpost of Kaum — a restaurant that serves dishes from across the Indonesian archipelago. Sou Fujimoto graduated from the University of Tokyo and established his own office, Sou Fujimoto Architects known for his permeable enclosures and distinctive design, one of his most well known project is the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London.
For Canaan retail space, Sou has designed a similar distinctive patterns of ‘stacking’ that he is renowned of by using metal shelvings that would stacked within each other. The facade when closed became a full enclosed mirror box and when open projected a transparent look that he is famous for.
Canaan Hong Kong was a fun explorative study of retail outside of Indonesia. We met many aspiring designers and artisans like ourselves who believes in slow craft producing their products in China and Hong Kong with similar ethos of working together with craftsmen and women. Our space was an extension of Canaan Bali showcasing Indonesian textiles, ceramics and homewares.