BOTTEGA VENETA CREATIVE DIRECTOR TOMAS MAIER HONORED BY WORLD MONUMENTS FUND

Bottega Veneta's Creative Director Tomas Maier has been honored for his relevant contribution to the protection of Japanese Modern Architecture with the 2016 Watch Award at the annual Hadrian Gala in New York hosted by World Monuments Fund.

    Photo Credit: World Monuments Fund/Sophie Mathewson

    Brief yet powerful remarks from Tomas Maier:"Good evening,I would like to thank the World Monuments Fund for this recognition. This is my first experience in historic preservation and I learned an important lesson - everything deserves a voice.As tonight we are in the presence of one of the greatest singing voices of our time - I am pleased to join you in giving a voice to the voiceless.Whether they be Japanese mid-century masterpieces as the Okura, brutalist structures, African modernism or simply examples of architecture not yet appreciated by today's world - the voiceless need our voice.Thank you!"

    In 2014, Tomas Maier, a lifelong art and architecture enthusiast, learned about the destruction of the Hotel Okura in Tokyo, one of the finest surviving examples of Japan’s Modern Architecture. Like other country’s significant post-war buildings, Okura was at risk of being demolished. Through various initiatives involving leading architects, designers and artists, Tomas Maier and Bottega Veneta promoted awareness of the issue.