Maison Wa is a tasteful fusion of Japanese aesthetics and Parisian vibes
Maison Wa is a multi-functional space intended to showcase Japanese culture in a Parisian setting. The name itself already is suggestive of the mission: maison in French means home, while Wa is a Japanese world that can be read both as Japan and as harmony. The duality posed by the content and location was the key principle leading the design of the interior; Japanese and Parisian influences surface throughout. Which is no wonder: Maison Wa is the work of Paris-based studio ARCHIEE, that covers the duo of Yusuke Kinoshira and Daisuke Sekine. The architects made only minimal, if none at all, changes to the gallery as it was handed over to them.
As it is a large, continuous space, it reflects Japanese composition principles perfectly that follow simplicity and flexibility. For the sake of keeping things minimal, almost the entire space is kept white. Upon closer inspection, however, it turns out that is purity is seasoned by the application of various textures. After observing typical Parisian interiors, the architects concluded that playing around with surfaces is a local thing. Thus, to bring in some authentic vibes, the Maison Wa’s interior features a plethora of textures from concrete mouldings through cracked cement to oak, steel, copper, and more. The reference to local design aesthetic is so subtle that it never oppresses Japanese sense of style, and space organisation remains essentially Far-Eastern.
The four functions are divided between four adjacent spaces: Maison Wa includes an event space, a gallery, storage, and a conference room. The latter one, as situated at the back of the space, has a gloomier ambiance. To counterbalance it, the overall whiteness of the gallery is broken by a glossy copper finish, that leaves a luminous impression. This makes the back area look like a courtyard; to further elaborate on that reference, the architects used several lined up doors to isolate it from the rest of the space.
Source: Retail Design Blog
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