Sou Fujimoto: Futures of the future

Presenting a satellite exhibition by renowned Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. In collaboration with Japan House London and TOTO GALLERY·MA in Tokyo and London Festival of Architecture.

OTO hosts an exhibition entitled FUTURES OF THE FUTURE by the influential Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. This exhibition will run alongside the inaugural exhibition at Japan House in London’s Kensington High Street and part of London Festival of Architecture. Both exhibitions will be seen for the first time in the UK.


Architecture is Everywhere
Architecture, I think, is something that is first found and then made.


Just as our ancestors found their habitat in caves and woods, nowadays we discover ours among the many things we encounter in this immense built jungle. And it is discovery like this that leads us to conceiving new architecture.


In this exhibition, I am presenting this concept of what I call ‘Found Architecture’. By placing small-scale human figures next to ordinary objects found in everyday life, or in contexts that first seem coincidental, if not fortuitous, we can soon start to read these objects as architectural spaces. The discrepancy in scale in these pairings is serendipitous, and what lies beyond them is a prelude to new architecture.


Within this concept there should be the underlying dialogue of discovery by chance vs. creation with intent.


Architecture could come into being from anywhere. I believe fostering that architecture-to-be into real architecture itself is also architecture. Onward architecture continues.


Sou Fujimoto


Exhibition details
Private View: 22 June 2018 by Invitation only
Dates: 22 June to 3 August 2018
Address: TOTO, 140-142 St. John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4UA Web: Hours: Monday- Friday, 09:00-17:00 (Closed weekends) Admission free

About TOTO
TOTO focuses on people and their well-being, developing products that combine modern design and extensive expertise. The Japanese company perfects its technologies over decades, incorporating them into innovative products in an understated, easy-to-use way. Established in Kitakyushu, Japan in 1917, TOTO has been developing, producing and marketing its comprehensive high-end bathroom concepts for the European market since 2009. The company aims to create a new attitude towards life through regeneration, comfort and hygiene.


TOTO products integrate technologies into their designs in a smart, nearly invisible way, while prioritising hygiene, resource conservation and comfort. Japan’s leading manufacturer in the sector, TOTO offers a comprehensive range of products including ceramic sanitaryware, faucets and accessories. TOTO employs 30,000 people worldwide.


TOTO GALLERY·MA is a gallery specialising in architecture and design that is operated by TOTO as part of the company's social contribution program. The gallery takes its name from the unique Japanese concept of ma-ai, which describes the spatiotemporal intervals or connective voids that are perceived between people, time, and space. Since opening in October 1985, TOTO GALLERY·MA has remained devoted to organising solo exhibitions of architects and designers from across the world.


About Sou Fujimoto
Born in Hokkaido in 1971, he graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1994, and established his own office, Sou Fujimoto Architects, in 2000. Noted for delicate light structures and permeable enclosures, Fujimoto has designed several houses, and in 2013, was selected to design the temporary Serpentine Gallery pavilion in London.


About Japan House
Part of a global initiative led by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan House is a new cultural experience offering Japanese innovation and creativity over three floors in London. The Chief Creative Director of the Global Japan House project is leading Japanese designer Kenya Hara, President of the Nippon Design Centre. Japan House London will be home to social retail space, a travel area, Restaurant, exhibition and event areas. Japan House is also located in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Los Angeles, California, USA.


SOU FUJIMOTO: FUTURES OF THE FUTURE Exhibition at Japan House London
Exhibition runs from: 22 June to 5 August 2018
Address: 101-111 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA
Email: info(at)
Web: Admission Free