noguchi + UNIQLO
The run to NYC yesterday was a quick one so every minute had to be well worth ! Limited minutes could only mean one thing: I would have to stick with a theme. I picked Japanese and decided on the Noguchi museum in queens.
Isamu’s Noguchi’s sculptures are beautifully natural and innovative at the same time. Each piece deserves attention, the space and high commercial brick walls are completely non-descript from the outside and offer some great shelter from the hustle of NY: think slate and wooden interlocking sculptures in a zen garden. I plan on going back when I can spend some more time taking in the pieces and relaxing in the garden, well worth the trek to Long Island City !
The next and last stop given lack of time was UNIQLO . A trip to NY these days is not complete without a stopover at what many call the (better?) Japanese version of the GAP. Tailored cuts, quality craftsmanship and collaborations with everyone from JIL SANDER to Jun Takahashi are what you will find. The 89,000 store in midtown happens to be the largest retail location on 5th, I prefer SOHO and 34th, less overwhelming !