Paris based ARCHIEE has created an installation inspired by Japanese dinner-tables and ceramic dishes called “minou-yaki” for Japanese culture and tradition magazine Discover Japan for their newly launched boutique in the city of light.
The project was realized on the facade of the Maison de la Culture du Japon a Paris (MCJP) building. The six meter high facade of the building is covered by a fabric surface with 282 integrated minou-yaki, “as if it were a huge table standing up vertically.” says ARCHIEE. “The ceramic dishes are fixed in the fabric to give the impression that the dishes are floating, but are fully detachable in order to be able to resell them at the boutique after this installation.”
The pattern created by the distribution of dishes is based on the essence of the Japanese dinner-table. French cuisine, and more generally Western cuisine, presents various food types on a single dish. But a characteristic of Japanese cuisine is many different dishes, with each one containing just one food type.
“The layout of the French dinner-table is thus able to follow an obvious and beautiful order. The Japanese dinner-table, however, appears to not follow any particular order. But for the Japanese, the composition made by dishes of different sizes, forms, and colors does have a logic: it narrates the meal, its setting and the company. This difference becomes more obvious when seen from above. This artwork, by struggling against gravity, expresses vertically what is usually horizontal and connects the two cultures.”
Organized by : Discover Japan
Directed by : ARCHIEE / Yusuke Kinoshita and Daisuke Sekine
Collaborated with : Yasuhiro Kaneda (engineer), Kei Toyoshima (designer), Kunihiko Takano (architect)