ARCHIEE installs japanese ceramics onto facade for scene de la table in paris
ARCHIEE installs japanese ceramics onto facade for scene de la table in paris ARCHIEE installs japanese ceramics onto facade for scene de la table in paris
apr 01, 2014

ARCHIEE installs japanese ceramics onto facade for scene de la table in paris

ARCHIEE installs japanese ceramics onto facade for scene de la table in paris
all images courtesy of archiee




paris-based studio ARCHIEE has covered the façade of the ‘maison de la culture du japon à paris’ with an artwork of integrated japanese ceramics. the installation is the first project for discover japan, a japanese magazine which focuses on local culture and tradition, and is intended to help the promotion for its newly launched boutique in paris. the design is a reconstruction of the landscape created on japanese dinner-tables with ceramic dishes called ‘minou-yaki’. the 6m high façade of the building is concealed by a fabric surface with 282 minou-yaki integrated into it, as if it were a huge table standing up vertically. the pieces are fixed into the material to give the impression that they are floating, but are fully detachable so they can be resold at the store after the installation.



‘archiee – scène de la table, 4 – 15 feb 2014, maison de la culture du japon à paris, paris, fr’
video courtesy of archiee



the pattern created by the distribution of dishes is based on the essence of the japanese dinner-table. french and more generally western cuisine, presents various food types on a single dish, but in japan it is composed of many different plates, with each containing just one food type. the layout of the french dinner table is able to follow an obvious and beautiful order, while the japanese version appears seemingly chaotic. the composition is made of tableware that has different sizes, forms, and colors, but it does have a logic – it narrates the meal, its setting and the company. this difference becomes more obvious when viewed from above, by struggling against gravity it vertically expresses a typically horizontal element and connects the two cultures.

exterior view (day)


exterior elevation (day)


interior elevation (day)


interior elevation (night)


exterior elevation (night)


view of day and night


logo detail


pattern detail


view from mezzanine


ceramic detail


reflection detail



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