From October 11th to November 6th, INTERSECT BY LEXUS – TOKYO hosts its first collaborative event with INTERSECT BY LEXUS – NYC, which opened last November.
Located in the highly cosmopolitan city of New York, INTERSECT BY LEXUS – NYC is a LEXUS brand space that presents luxury lifestyle choices through the intersection of food, design, art, and technology. This exhibition in Tokyo features popular selections from the INTERSECT BY LEXUS – NYC food and drink menus as well as CRAFTED FOR LEXUS items usually available exclusively at the New York venue and the custom Coil Bench installed in INTERSECT BY LEXUS – NYC ever since its opening.
The strikingly ambitious food menu at INTERSECT BY LEXUS – NYC is inspired by dining concepts that rotate every 4–6 months through the Global Chef-in-Residence program, which partners with innovative culinary talent from around the world. The current menu in New York showcases the food on offer at Mishiguene (pronounced “muh shu guh’nuh”), a modern Jewish restaurant in Buenos Aires. From Executive Chef Tomás Kalika’s menu of traditional Jewish cooking from Eastern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East combined and reconfigured with contemporary Argentinian cuisine, his creative and inventive flavors are here reproduced for guests in Tokyo.
The INTERSECT BY LEXUS – TOKYO ground floor Garage features items original to the New York venue and artworks by New York artists. Guests can enjoy viewing and purchasing six items available at INTERSECT BY LEXUS – NYC: a flower vase by Andrew O. Hughes, a leather ball by Moses Nadel, sunglasses by Lowercase Sunglasses, an aroma candle by Joya, a bottle opener by Craighill, and a sunglasses case by AVO. All American-made, these items offer the sophisticated appeal of something handcrafted exclusively for LEXUS by local designers.
The customized Coil Benches at INTERSECT BY LEXUS – NYC are the stunning work of renowned American furniture designer Tim Miller. He created the seating installation especially for the New York venue’s opening, each bench comprising 30 lacquered frames with LEXUS leather on top and inlaid brass on the sides.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience these highlights from New York all together in Tokyo.
■Available Highlights from the INTERSECT BY LEXUS – NYC Menu
ibbeh 1,700 yen (incl. tax)
Bulgur and wagyu roast beef tartare, labneh, tomato coulis, laffah crackers
This dish features wagyu roast beef and bulgur wheat, the ancient and highly nutritious wholegrain, complemented by spicy chili paste and lime juice. This is offset by a sweet tomato sauce and a Japanese Greek yogurt sauce, and paired with homemade flatbread crackers.
Bulgur (or bulgar) is a traditional type of wheat from the coastal regions of the Mediterranean. Considered the oldest example of an additive-free processed food, it is known for its distinctly nutty flavor and crunchy texture.
Flower for a Mishighune 2,000 yen (incl. tax)
Roasted cauliflower, chicken jus, yogurt, fried herbs
A ras el hanout mix of over ten types of spices, in particular turmeric and cumin, is sprinkled over a whole cauliflower gently boiled in milk and then roasted in an oven at a high temperature. Balancing a crunchy outside with a moist texture on the inside, this dish is prepared with a sharply spicy green paprika salsa, tahini (sesame paste), and a demi-glace sauce simmered for over five hours.
Chermoula Quail 2,700 yen (incl. tax)
Beans, Swiss chard, harissa, matbucha (matbukha)
Quail is marinated in a sauce accentuated by herbs and spices with preserved lemon chermoula. The quail skin is grilled to crispy perfection and the whole dish is then paired with roasted black beans gently cooked with tomatoes in a demi-glace sauce that really brings out the chermoula.
Malabi 800 yen (incl. tax)
3 types of figs, kataifi
Malabi (or muhallebi/mhallabiyeh) is a milk pudding made by people near the Arabian Sea since the 10th century. It is a simple recipe of milk with sugar, rice flour, and cornstarch, all boiled together and then chilled to set. Mishiguene’s chef Tomás Kalika says his grandmother often used to make it. This version is preserved in syrup to accentuate the fresh and spicy flavors, and served with pickled figs and kataifi (kanafeh), a Turkish dessert made with ultra-thin noodle-like pastry fried in butter.
Dates 800 yen (incl. tax)
Caramel sauce, almond ice cream
This cake is made with dates, a fruit so renowned for offering excellent nutritional benefits (not least, its high levels of magnesium and dietary fiber) that it is called the “fruit of Eden” and the “tree of life.” The accompanying ice cream is made with milk extracted from fresh almonds still in their hulls that were left to soak overnight in water. The inside of the cake is richly moist, superbly complemented by the crunchy texture of the exterior.
Wanashi-Yohnashi Cocktail 1,000 yen (incl. tax)
This original frozen cocktail is a seasonal Japanese and Western pear compote featuring a special spice, finished off with a splash of SelvaRey Rum and vodka. It comes in a strikingly photogenic cup.
■CRAFTED FOR LEXUS INTERSECT BY LEXUS – NYC Exclusive Items
Price: 44,000 yen (incl. tax)
A hand-worked leather creation that exemplifies a modern, refined aesthetic
Moses Nadel is a family-run, Brooklyn-based bespoke atelier specializing in leather products. Their work balances a love for aesthetics and function, and their process pays extraordinary attention to detail while maintaining elemental purity and simplicity. Inspired by the luxury leather in the LEXUS LFA supercar, the Perisphere Ball is as beautiful to look at as it is fun to play with. It is a modern, hand-stitched and hand-stuffed object that is constructed using the tried-and-true techniques of classic performance goods.
Andrew O. Hughes
Price: 45,000 yen (incl. tax)
A hand-blown vessel that highlights the elegance of transparency and light
Andrew O. Hughes is a Brooklyn-based designer specializing in hand blown glass objects. Hughes explores the many forms glass can take—liquid to solid, strong to brittle. He not only hand-blows his glassware, but cold-works it as well—grinding and polishing every piece to a precise finish. The Glass Vase is frosted all the way around, except for a single, vertical, flat facet—a nod to the sleek lines that form the iconic LEXUS Spindle Grille. The transparency draws attention to the intersections of light within that creates a piece with a timeless sense of luxury.
Rose Gold Sunglasses
Price: 35,000 yen (incl. tax)
A design inspired by innovation
Lowercase is a Brooklyn-based eyewear brand whose mission is to localize the eyewear trade by designing frames that tell a story inspired by New York’s iconic history. Each frame is crafted through a mix of modern technology and traditional human techniques resulting in a quality frame unlike any other. This style is the first women’s frame made with a custom, hand-polished acetate finish, and is a nod to LEXUS’ past as an innovator and pioneer at the forefront of new ideas. Available in rose gold with tortoise shell interior.
Price: 8,000 yen (incl. tax)
Scented artifacts with an ethos of balance and beauty
Joya is a New York City-based fragrance design studio that creates distinctive scented artifacts with an emphasis on simple, locally sourced raw materials, sustainable packaging and design, and ethical production practices. This hand-poured candle takes inspiration from the hinoki cypress—a tree native to Japan that symbolizes tranquility and tradition—and gives it a surprising, urban spin. Each candle comes in a ceramic vessel with a custom design featuring the LEXUS Spindle Grille that reveals itself as the wax melts away.
black & brass
Price: 7,500 yen (incl. tax)
A sleek and refined take on a classic bottle opener
New York-based design studio Craighill creates objects that marry efficiency and exploration. The bottle opener is a reimagined classic with an inviting wavelike profile that nests comfortably in hand. Along the back of the opener is an etched LEXUS Spindle Grille inspired by the Naguri Aluminum trim found in the LEXUS LS 500 F SPORT. Available in carbon black and solid brass.
Price: 16,000 yen (incl. tax)
A hand-crafted leather sunglasses case
AVO is a creative studio that uses color, pattern, and material as tools for storytelling. This hand-stitched case is a stylish yet practical approach to functionality, featuring a concealed magnet for secure closure that allows for both ease of use and durable protection. The sleek form and pattern is a celebration of luxury craftsmanship and movement, influenced by the LEXUS Spindle Grille. The rich brown exterior is lined with a technique that is a nod to the leather stitching of the LEXUS LC interior.
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