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Kenji Muro

Senior Managing Director, Overseas Operations Division, General Manager, Design Director

He was in charge of the master design (including full business support) for the entire renovation of the HAN GUANG DEPARTMENT STORE in Beijing. Since 2016 he has been in charge of design as well as providing leasing services for the Kuala Lumpur Quarza Mall. He also has experience in hospitality with projects such as the Dalian Shangri-la Hotel and the JEN Hotel in Shenyang for which he did the concept and schematic designs, as well as the hotel Royal Park Hotels & Resorts, which opened in in Ginza in 2019.


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Christopher Brooks

International Design Division, General Manager, Design Director,American Institute of Architects (AIA), Master’s degree in Architecture.

He has experience in retail, office and residential design in the United States, Japan, and other parts of Asia. His key projects are the restaurant ADD in Marco Polo Hotel Hong Kong, Bandai Namco Studios Headquarters, adidas Japan Headquarters (Asia Pacific Property Awards 2015), and MetLife Japan Headquarters (Herman Miller Liveable Office Award, IDA Gold & Silver awards 2018).


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Wataru Ishikawa

Planning&Development Division, Senior Director, First Class Architect

He joined GARDE after working in Italy. In 2014 he made a success of the renewal of the Doota! shopping center in Seoul, for which he was the design director. In 2015, he did the environment design for Barneys New York in Roppongi and Hyundai City Outlets Dongdaemun in South Korea. In 2016 he designed the office of the world-famous video game creator Hideo Kojima.


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Yukio Ishiyama

President of GARDE Italy, Senior Architect, First Class Architect certified by the Italian Republic

In 2011, he won the International Property Awards Europe Best Retail Interior for the concept store EMPORIUM in Baku, Azerbaijan. He has been involved in the interior design of many fashion brand stores and restaurants in Florence and Milan, and in 2014 he was involved in the schematic design and construction document of SUSHI B, a fusion Japanese restaurant that opened in the Brera district in the center of Milan, where museums and galleries are concentrated.


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Masayasu Suzuki

Vice President, GARDE U.S.A, Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)

He joined GARDE after working as a Creative Director for the construction of the Universal Studios in Japan. He is specialized in theme parks and residential projects. He has been responsible for several projects in Japan, the US, and South-East Asia, such as 40/40 Club Jay Z in Macao, and the Far East Department Store in Taiwan.


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Yoshikuni Onodera

Planning&Development Division, Senior Designer

He specializes in shared spaces environment design, exterior and facade design of shopping centers, residences, and department stores. Starting mainly from projects in Shanghai, he has now extended his activities throughout Chinese territory. In 2016, he was in charge of the environment design for the Food Paradise food court in Shanghai, the restaurant floor in Joy City shopping centers, and the Garden Park in Sunshine Paradise Fuzhou shopping center. In 2017 he came back to Tokyo and has been working on design works in a wider range of fields since then.


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Masashi Kagawa

Planning&Development Division, Senior Director

In charge of the design direction for the Candeo Hotels, he also specializes in business supervision and the production of projects related to commercial facilities. He has recently been coordinating with famous designers to take part in residential projects such as Yabu Pushelberg for the SKYZ TOWER & GARDEN project and Alan Chan for BAYZ TOWER & GARDEN.


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Yutaka Yamamoto

Design Division, Design Department, Senior Designer

Active mainly in the design and direction of large commercial facilities such as department stores, he was in charge of sales floor environment design for the Hankyu Umeda Main Store reconstruction project, overall direction for Nishinomiya Hankyu, and design of the 3rd and 4th floors for the entire Ginza Mitsukoshi store renovation. Overseas, he was in charge of the renovation of the entire DOOTA building in Seoul, the new PARKSON store in Johor Bahru, etc. In 2019, he was in charge of the design of the watch area on the 5th floor of Isetan Shinjuku, and he was the general design director of Ningbo Hankyu, which opened in 2021.


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Masahito Kamekawa

Design Division, Large-scale Facility Design, Senior Designer

He has had many achievements in large commercial facilities such as department stores and shopping malls, both in Japan and overseas. He was involved in the concept design of the Hankyu Umeda Main Store rebuilding project (1F-3F) and the concept design and schematic design of the Shinsaibashi Daimaru rebuilding project (4F-5F and B1 Fashion Sundries). He was awarded the Asia Pacific Property Award 2016 for "Joy Yard" in JOYCITY, a commercial facility in Beijing, and a special award in the Architecture and Branding category of the Architizer A+ Award 2017 for the shoe department on the 2nd floor of JOYCITY. His recent achievements include the concept design of Suzhou Joy Breeze and the concept design and schematic design of Beijing Joy Breeze.


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Arata Saito

Design Division, Design Department, Design Director, First Class Registered Architect

After working mainly on brand-name design and construction projects in Tokyo, he joined the Asia Pacific Division of the Hong Kong office in 2013. Mainly working within China and Southeast Asia, he designed the VIP area of K11 in Guangzhou, China, The Royal Park Canvas – Ginza 8 etc. He was involved in a wide range hospitality spaces as well as commercial spaces. In 2020, he returned to the Tokyo Head Office and continues to work mainly on overseas projects.


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Yu Ohata

Design Division, Design Department, Chief Designer

After being involved in the design and site supervision of large-scale commercial facilities in China for a long time, he joined the Hong Kong office and the Asia Pacific Division. He has been involved in a wide range of projects from conceptual design to supervision, such as the renovation project of Grand Shopping Center in Harbin, China, the environment design of PARKSON Department Store in Malaysia, and food and beverage design.


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Keikoku Takei

International Design Division, Singapore Office, Director

As Design Director of the Singapore office and Kuala Lumpur branch, he creates designs and customer experiences that are ahead of their time. For the Tokyo Skytree Project, he was awarded the Asia Pacific Property Award in the retail category, for the "Select Shop P+" he was in charge of. He was then stationed at the Hong Kong office for five years. He was involved in a retail facility of a VIP lounge and an Office Clubhouse project in Guangzhou, and the renovation of a department store in Beijing. Since 2018, he has been stationed in Singapore, where he is the main designer for projects in the ASEAN market, including Rasapura Masters at Marina Bay Sands, KL East Mall, Pearl Point Shopping Mall, Gurney Food Hall in Penang Island, The Sail Retail Mall, Galleria at MET1, and Nautilus Resort Hotel in Langkawi, etc.


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Toru Yokomatsu

Brand Operations Division, Design Department, Chief Architect

In addition to working as a local architect for the DOLCE & GABBANA Osaka Midosuji store, the BOTTEGA VENETA Ginza store, and many others, he was involved in a wide range of Tasaki Ginza store, including store concept planning, schematic design, construction document, basic conceptualization of VMD tools and rebranding work from 2007 to the opening in 2010. He was also charge of the work from schematic design to supervision at the Tokyo Midtown.


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Kyoko Takano

Brand Operations Division, Design Department, Chief Architect

She works as a local architect for import luxury brand stores and in-shop stores inside department stores, such as SEE BY CHLOÉ. She also designs large-scale boutiques, such as the SAINT LAURENT store in Omotesando. In 2016 she worked as a local architect for the BOTTEGA VENETA store in Kobe.


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Shunji Sakuta

Design Division, Brand Design Department, Director, Senior Architect

He has long been engaged in local architect work mainly for overseas luxury brands. He has worked on a number of projects spanning several years, including flagship stores for overseas luxury brands such as GUCCI GINZA and VALENTINO GINZA in 2018, GUCCI AOYAMA in 2019, and GUCCI GINZA NAMIKI in 2021, as well as large-scale projects that require coordination of architecture and facilities. In 2020, he will cooperate in the design of the flagship store for the jewelry brand NIWAKA Ginza and is involved in a wide range of activities for both domestic and international brands.


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Yuka Tsuchiya

Brand Operations Division, Design Department, Chief Architect

She has been involved in local architect work for several import brands, and since 2015 has been involved in coordination and design work with the home country for VALENTINO Kobe Daimaru, JIMMY CHOO Ginza Mitsukoshi DFS, JIMMY CHOO Nagoya Matsuzakaya, and DIESEL Okayama Sun Station.


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Hiroki Niimi

Design Division, Design Department, Architect

He has been involved in many large-scale commercial facility and hotel interior design projects in Japan and overseas, including the interior design of the Royal Park Canvas Ginza 14F restaurant in 2018 and the interior design of the Shinjuku Isetan 5F watch department in 2019. In addition, he has participated in a wide range of projects both in Japan and overseas, including the interior design of the sports section of Joy City in Beijing, China. He is also engaged in creating image perspectives for many competition projects.


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Francesco Ristori

International Design Division, Office Department, Architect, Designer

After achieving a master’s degree in architecture at the University of Florence, he specialized in Italy in housing and retail projects, as well as heritage buildings restoration. Since 2014 he has been involved as designer at GARDE, operating in Japan and Korea, China, and south-east Asia, involved in several project scales, such as corporate offices, hospitality, residential, commercial facilities, and department stores.


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Maiko Tanaka

Brand Operations Division, Design Department, Assistant Designer

Since 2016 she has been involved as local architect for GUCCI including the Women Hankyu Umeda and Isetan Shinjuku stores. She is also currently involved the renewal of the GUCCI Ginza store.


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Raymond Siu

Overseas Operations Division, Design Department, Designer

After achieving a bachelor’s degree related Interior design, he participated in project management in local architectural firm. In GARDE, his involved in several design projects which based in China and Southeast Asia region such as Shangri-la Services Apartment in Dalian, Hotel Jen in Shenyang, K11 Office Clubhouse in Guangzhou, Rasapura Master in Singapore Marina Bay Sand, Quaza Mall and Jaya Grocer in Kuala Lumpur...etc.


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Anna Nishigori

Design Division, Large-scale Facility Design Department, Designer

After studying interior architecture in the UK and obtaining MA, she joined GARDE in 2017. She was involved in the concept planning, schematic design and construction document of Kyoto Candeo Hotel and Osaka's new hotel. Utilizing the interior architecture technology she learned in the UK, she has been involved in various projects both in Japan and overseas with the focus on hospitality design.


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Leonard Sukendar

International Design Division, Singapore Office, Senior Designer

He graduated from Parsons School of Design in NYC with BFA in Interior Design. With over 12 years of professional experience, he has been specialising in his passion for F&B design for South-East Asia clients, rebranding for large enterprises such as Hai Di Lao, Paradise Group, Crystal Jade, Minor Food Group, Koufu and CapitaLand. He has recently completed Capitaland’s first Food Hall in Penang, Malaysia, and he is currently working on the design concept for one of Hilton hotel in Langkawi, Malaysia along with Westfield’s Japan Food Hall in San Francisco, USA.


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Makoto Otani

Design Division, Large-scale Facility Design Department, Designer

After joining the company in 2016, he worked in the PM Section of the Brand Business Division, where he managed the interior design work for imported brands opening stores in Japan. In 2019, he joined the Design Section of the Brand Business Division, where he worked as a local architect for imported brands ranging from apparel to cosmetics. In 2021, joined the International Design Division, where he works as a designer on a variety of projects in Japan and abroad, focusing on apparel stores, large-scale commercial facilities, and hospitality design.


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Nagisa Miura

International Design Division, Office Department, Design Associate

After achieving a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design at the Savannah College of Art & Design, she worked in an interior/architectural firm in Atlanta, GA where she specialized in workplace design and hospitality design. Since joining GARDE as designer, she has been involved in several workplace design projects based in Japan.


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Akihisa Wakayama

Design Division, Large-scale Facility Design Department, Chief Designer

After working on the design of large-scale commercial facilities at a domestic design firm, he joined Garde in 2021.While designing mainly large commercial facilities such as department stores, he has also worked on many specialty stores. He is currently working on a wide range of projects mainly in Asia.


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Onuki Hayato

Design Division, Brand Design Department, Architect

After graduating from interior design school, he spent more than 10 years specializing in commercial interior design, working on a department store renewal project in Shinjuku, environment design for a large-scale commercial facility in Shibuya, and environment design for other shopping malls and major building complexes. Since joining GARDE in 2020, he has been working on retail design in the brand division and has also participated in many large-scale commercial projects using his previous experience.


CORPORATE PROFILE

Company Name
GARDE Co., Ltd.

Headquarters
5-2-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062, Japan

Founded
April 1985

Capital
JPY 80 million

Chairman
Takeshi Fuwa

President
Guido Tarchi

Employees
98

Member of
American Chamber of Commerce in Japan
French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan
Italian Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Italy
Overseas Fashion Brand Association
Taiwan Council of Shopping Centers


Register
First Degree Architect Office No. 45736
Special Construction License, Interior Finish, No.83715 in Japan

OFFICES

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HISTORY

1985 Apr
Established GARDE 21 in Tokyo

1990 Sep
Opened Osaka Office

1991 Jul
Started publishing “Tensojouhou”, a specialized book on interior design trends in Japan

1995
The company name changed from Garde 21 to GARDE U・S・P

1995 May
Established G.H.A. Design Co., Ltd. in Tokyo

1997 Jun
Opened Design Office in Milan

1997 Sep
Opened Design Office in New York

1998 May
Won the Visual Merchandising and Store Design (VM+SD) award for International Store Interior Design

1999 Apr
Established GARDE USA

2001 Apr
Established GARDE Italy

2006 Sep
Opened Los Angeles Office

2009 Feb
Opened Paris Office

2009 Feb
Opened Singapore Office

2010 Apr
Won 3 awards for Best Interior Design at The Asia-Pacific Property Awards 2010 in association with Bloomberg Television

2011
Opened Hong Kong Office

2012
Won 2 awards for Best Interior Design at the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2011

2015
Won 3 awards for Best Interior Design at the Asia-Pacific Property Awards 2012 in association with Bloomberg Television

2016
Nominated finalist at Architeizer A+Awards

2017 May
Won 2 awards for the Retail Interiors category at the Asia-Pacific Property Awards

2018 Jan
The company changed its name to GARDE Co., Ltd.

2018 Mar
Established GARDE SDN. BHD. in Kuala Lumpur

2018 Mar
Won the Workspace Design Award at Herman Miller Liveable Office Awards 2017-2018

2018 May
Won 2 awards at International Property Awards

2018 May
Won Gold&Siliver Prize at the International Design Awards 2017

2018 Aug
Won 1 award at Nikkei New Office Awards 2018

2019 July
Won the Jury Winner award at Architizer A+Awards 2019 by the Drape project

2020 Jan
Won the Silver Prize at INTERNATIONAL DESIGN Awards 2019

2020 Feb
Won the award at iF DESIGN AWARD 2020

2020 Apr
Won 3 awards at the Asia-Pacific Property Awards

2020 May
Won 3 Plutinum awards at MUSE DESIGN Awards