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Shigeru Ban Awarded Pritzker Prize 2014

Tokyo- born architect Shigeru Ban was announced the receipient of the 2014 esteemed architecture Pritzker Prize. With offices in Tokyo, Paris and New York, Ban’s impressive reputation  is not only due to his innovative work for private clients, but also to his extensive humanitarian efforts: “For twenty years Ban has traveled to sites of natural and man-made disasters around the world, to work with local citizens, volunteers and students, to design and construct simple, dignified, low-cost, recyclable shelters and community buildings for the disaster victims.”  Some of Ban’s celebrated projects include the Curtain House, (1995), Itabashi, Tokyo, Japan; the Naked House (2000), Kawagoe, Saitama prefecture, Japan; Paper Dome (1995), Nantou, Taiwan; the Cardboard Cathedral, (2012–2013) Christchurch, New Zealand and the residential complex Metal Shutter House (2011) in Chelsea, NY,  which its penthouse furnishings include several pieces by Brazilian designers – both modern and contemporary – which can be found exclusevely in the US at ESPASSO.  Seen in the project are Sergio Rodrigues‘ classic Cantu dining chair, originally designed in 1959, the Parker dining table, from 1978 and his 2002 Diz armchair, as well as Claudia Moreira SallesPratica desk, Tam Tam side table and a custom version of her striking Domino bench. Check out more about the Pritzker prize and this year’s laureate here.

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