September 9th, 2013 – Westerners have an undeniable desire to reach a respectable comprehension of Eastern culture. We do so through observing their customs, and through observation, hopefully, comes understanding. Some say, that the best way to engulf oneself in another culture is through food. Enter, the Matsuri Boetie restaurant in Paris, France. Designed by Moreau Kusunoki Architects, this Japanese food-bar concept appears simple, albeit beautiful, at first glance. However, once you begin a bit of introspective examination, you may notice a few unsuspected happenings.
The designers have given thought to this space that will possibly go unnoticed to the reluctant observer. For instance, we all know that wood can provide a certain acoustic ambience, but by using softly worked rough wood, assigned in a harmoniously vertical pattern, you’re able to create a wonderful sense of calmness and serenity.
In keeping with the theme of tranquility, Matsuri Boetie also houses several black fiber panels, which assist in the absorption of noise. It’s with these simple, yet highly technical design methods that the architects were able to create such a conscious space in the heart of Paris. From the furniture, to the lighting, the firm of Moreau Kusunoki has managed to keep traditional Japanese sensibilities as the central theme. This can surely be appreciated from a Western standpoint. Through allowing customers to experience a feeling of intimacy while they eat, the aim is to bring forth a better understanding of the Japanese culture itself.
Look for Moreau Kusunoki Architectes (Matsuri Boetie) as they compete for Best European Restaurant in the 2013 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards on September 12th in London.
Photography Courtesy of Moreau Kusunoki Architectes
Writing by Jordan Bailey