TOMAS Maier, Bottega Veneta’s Creative Director, was this week honoured by the World Monuments Fund for his commitment to the protection of Japan’s modern architecture. At the organisation’s annual Hadrian Gala held in New York city, Maier became the honoured recipient of its 2016 Watch Award.
In 2014, Tokyo’s Hotel Okura – regarded a modern architectural marvel – was under threat of demolition amidst extensive reconstruction plans making way for the 2020 Olympic Games. Unlike the city’s older, more traditional architecture, the Hotel was exempt from national protection. But Maier – whose interest in arts and culture extends well beyond fashion design and into the architectural domain – initiated a number of campaigns involving leading architects, designers and artists which sought to promote awareness of the issue, and ultimately, prevent Okura’s destruction.
Bottega Veneta has long been committed to the protection of local heritage, recognising its importance to the development of future generations and has, over the years, taken part in a number of international projects supporting preservation schemes.
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