Camper Together

A Model of Collaboration

Camper Together

Kengo Kuma

Kanagawa, Japan, 1954

The first Camper Together project with Kengo Kuma was created at the Via Montenapoleone store in Milan in 2014. The store was constructed according to the sensitivities of a shoe and multiplied to become a more complex construction, lending a new dimension to the space. In 2018, the designer returned with a new concept for the Paseo de Gracia store in Barcelona, using traditional ceramic tiles to draw attention to individual products and connect two distinct cultures – Spain and Japan.

Kengo Kuma is one of the most intriguing Japanese architects on the international scene. He has designed works in Asia, Europe and North America. He is responsible for numerous museums and cultural building projects including most recently the Suntory Museum and Nezy Museum in Tokyo, and the new FRAC building in Marseilles. Kuma studied at the University of Tokyo and Columbia in New York. His philosophy is based on finding links between the building and its location, using the local and natural materials available in each place. He has passion for wood and stone, aiming to recover both the warmth and tenderness of the architecture through them.