SIMPLICITY

  • Philosophy
  • Shinichiro Ogata
  • History

Philosophy

Knowledge and techniques cultivated over time
I have always felt a strong attraction to such things
Whenever I sense them fading,
I am overcome with impatience and sadness
It makes me feel as though a part of my body
Is being ripped away

To cherish tradition
Is to think of someone in the faraway past, someone who shaped me into who I am
Day after day
In the words we speak, in the food we eat, in the tableware we use,
There are many faceless people allowing me to be who I am
Within the vast flow, I too am merely a speck
The joy and sadness of this knowledge inspire me to create

By cherishing tradition, we give birth to a new era
Thinking of someone in the faraway future,
I am motivated to create something that can only be made at this moment
From Japan, brimming with tradition, to the world

SIMPLICITY

Shinichiro Ogata

When I was young and didn't know much about the world, I longed for Western design and travelled many countries to see them with my own eyes. However, from a certain point, I started to realize that the most amazing designs were actually those around me at home, not those overseas. Japanese culture has continually influenced Western culture and art. What could I possibly express without knowing this important fact? No matter where I went, I always came to the conclusion that I was nothing other than Japanese. This certainty became the core of my existence as a designer. To be on equal ground with the world, I realized that I needed to learn my own culture, as well as to feel compassion and be proud of my heritage.

Since then, my firm belief has never changed ? the certainty that I have a message to share. An acute sensibility and palate cultivated in an abundant yet severe natural environment; an aesthetic that can be generous or daring; an attitude towards craftsmanship that never spares any effort; wisdom of living a modest and simple life. The culture of Japan is indispensable in a world seeking balance between mankind and nature. I continually strive to express this in my own way, through food, tableware and space. It is also what lies at the core of Simplicity and its activities today.

I have only taken a small step, and there are still many things to be practiced.
Simplicity's mission is to express Japan as one way of how things can be done, and to share this with the world. Cherishing the past, the present and the future of Japan and the rest of the world.

Shinichiro Ogata

Shinichiro Ogata

SIMPLICITY Creative Director

Born in Nagasaki Prefecture. Established Simplicity in 1998. House brands currently include four Japanese confectionery shops, two Japanese restaurants and the product brand Sゝゝ[es]. Supervision of diverse projects including architecture, interior, product and graphic design.

Wasara, a project involving paper tableware, designed and produced by Ogata, won both the Grand Prize and the Gold Medal at the Design for Asia Awards in 2009. In 2010, he was named Art Director for the Takeo Paper Show 2010 “proto?” and was in charge of the venue layout. In 2011, Wasara was a finalist for the Index Awards 2011. Ogata has been an Affiliate Associate Professor of the University Museum, the University of Tokyo since October 2011.

History

To inherit the tradition and keep it alive,
Is simply to innovate and adapt it to the present era
Based on traditional methods and sensibility, which Japan triumphs,
Simplicity endeavors to create the culture of the next generation
By crafting items that fit the modern day lifestyle
And offering a high quality, plentiful life to the world

History

Oct. 1998
Established Simplicity Ltd.
Dec. 1998
Opened Japanese restaurant Higashi-yama Tokyo at Higashi-yama, Meguro-ku
Apr. 2003
Opened Japanese confectionery shop Higashiya at Aobadai, Meguro-ku
Opened the annex Sabo, which offers tea, desserts and alcoholic drinks
Apr. 2003
Established product brand Simplicity Super Studio
Feb. 2004
Entity conversion to Simplicity Co., Ltd.
Jan. 2005
Opened Japanese confectionery shop ori Higashiya at Nishi-azabu, Minato-ku
Sep. 2007
Opened Japanese confectionery shop Higashiya man at Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku
Feb. 2008
Renamed Simplicity Super Studio as Sゝゝ[es]
Opened furniture shop Kurabu at Himonya, Meguro-ku
May. 2009
Closed Higashiya at Aobadai, Meguro-ku due to termination of rental contract
Jul. 2009
Opened Japanese confectionery shop Baishinka at Yakumo, Meguro-ku
Aug. 2009
Opened Japanese restaurant Yakumo Saryo at Yakumo, Meguro-ku
Oct. 2009
Opened Japanese confectionery shop Higashiya Ginza at Ginza, Chuo-ku
Apr. 2010
Closed Kurabu, moved to the salon in Baishinka at Yakumo, Meguro-ku
Established press room at Himonya, Meguro-ku
Mar. 2012
Separated the Japanese confectionery section and established Higashiya Co., Ltd.

Restaurant

  • yakumo saryo
  • HIGASHI-YAMA Tokyo

Wagashi

  • baishinka
  • HIGASHIYA GINZA
  • HIGASHIYA man
  • ori HIGASHIYA
  • HIGASHIYA

Product

  • Sゝゝ
  • WASARA

Design studio

  • Architecture
  • Product
  • Graphic
GREEN FINGERS Interior design 2014 Retail store
Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills Interior design 2014 Hotel
Gourmet Shop by Mandarin Oriental Tokyo Interior design, Graphic design 2014 Retail store
BLOOM&BRANCH Interior design 2014 Retail store
OOTEMORI Interior design 2014 Commercial facility
Aēsop Shinsaibashi Interior design 2014 Retail store
Aēsop Kyoto Interior design 2013 Retail store
Ouen Architecture, Interior design, Graphic design 2013 Wedding facility
JP Tower Museum INTERMEDIATHEQUE Interior design 2013 Exhibition facility
yorozu Interior design, Graphic design 2012 Bar
thé théo Interior design, Graphic design 2011 Restaurant, café
Makimura Interior design 2010 Restaurant
Sasaki Interior design, Graphic design 2010 Restaurant
Takeo paper show 2010 [proto-] Art direction, Installation 2010 Event, Exhibition
Le Comptoir de Benoit Osaka Interior design 2008 Restaurant
Wasara Art direction, Product design 2008 Product
Sansuikaku Bettei Kai Interior design 2007 Hotel
Niki Club SIKI Package design, Graphic design 2007 Product
Sohenryu Graphic design 2007 Product
Kakitsubata Bekkan Interior design, Graphic design 2006 Retail store
J-Period Art direction, Installation 2006 Event, Exhibition
Kakitsubata Interior design, Graphic design 2006 Retail store
Murata CI, VI 2006 Product
40ct & 525 by Takeo Kikuchi Architecture and Interior design 2005 Retail store
Sansou Murata / Kyu, Gyou Interior design 1992 (Kyu, Gyou 2004) Hotel
artegio dining Architecture and Interior design, Graphic design 2002 Restaurant, Bar
Plaza Hotel Tenjin Interior design, Graphic design 2002 Hotel
Bassin Interior design, Graphic design 2001 Restaurant, Bar

Information

  • News
  • Press
  • Contact

News

Press

colocal / Jul. 2014 / Shinichiro Ogata / Magazine House / Japan
SANKEI EXPRESS / May 2014 / Shinichiro Ogata / The Sankei Shimbun / Japan
Stiletto / Mar. 2014 / Shinichiro Ogata / Stiletto Magazine / France
&W / Mar. 2014 / Shinichiro Ogata / The Asahi Shimbun Company / Japan
Discover Japan DESIGN vol.3 / Dec. 2013 / Shinichiro Ogata / Ei-Publishing / Japan
POS+ / Apr. 2013 / Shinichiro Ogata / POS / Japan
Confort / Feb. 2012 / Shinichiro Ogata / Kenchiku Shiryo Kenkyusha / Japan
Small & Eye-Catching Graphics / Nov. 2011 / SIMPLICITY / BNN / Japan
Shotenkenchiku / Sep. 2011 / HIGASHIYA GINZA / Shotenkenchiku-sha Publishing / Japan
Mrs / Sep. 2011 / yakumo saryo / Bunka Publishing Bureau / Japan
Shotenkenchiku / Jul. 2011 / yakumo saryo / Shotenkenchiku-sha Publishing / Japan
Vinocci Vo.11 / Dec. 2010 / HIGASHI-YAMA Tokyo / Yamaya / Japan
Eat Out! / Oct. 2010 / ori HIGASHIYA / Die Gestalten Verlag / Germany
Axis / October 2010 / Shinichiro Ogata / Axis inc,. / Japan
Design no Hikidashi / Jun. 2010 / Shinichiro Ogata, Printed Matter(Package, Shopcard, DM, etc) / Graphic-sha Publishing / Japan
Confort / Dec. 2009 / yakumo saryo / Kenchiku Shiryo Kenkyusha / Japan
Kateigaho International Edition / Sep. 2008 / Shinichiro Ogata / Sekai Bunka Publishing / Japan
Confort / Jun. 2008 / Shinichiro Ogata / Kenchiku Shiryo Kenkyusha / Japan
hinism No.4 / 2006 / HIGASHIYA / Wall / Japan
marketing eye / Mar. 2006 / Shinichiro Ogata / Itochu Fashion System / Japan
Wafu ga Kurashi-ii No.21 / Jul. 2005 / HIGASHIYA / Syufu-to-Seikatsusha / Japan
Wafu ga Kurashi-ii No.20 / Apr. 2005 / HIGASHIYA / Syufu-to-Seikatsusha / Japan
Wafu ga Kurashi-ii No.19 / Jan. 2005 / HIGASHIYA / Syufu-to-Seikatsusha / Japan
hike / Mar. 2005 / ori HIGASHIYA / hike / Japan
Nikkei Design / Feb. 2005 / Shinichiro Ogata / Nikkei Business Publications / Japan
Wafu ga Kurashi-ii No.18 / Oct. 2004 / HIGASHIYA / Syufu-to-Seikatsusha / Japan
Wallpaper* / Oct. 2004 / Shinichiro Ogata / Wallpaper* IPC Media / United Kingdom
I'm home No.12 / HIGASHIYA / Autumn 2003 / Shotenkenchiku-sha Publishing. / Japan
hike / May 2003 / HIGASHIYA / hike / Japan

Contact

Inquiries:
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to the following email address.
* There are currently no internships or job positions available.

Simplicity Co., Ltd.

4-10-3 Himonya, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-0003 Japan

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