Dominique Bouchet restaurant by NAO Taniyama & Associates, Tokyo – Japan

June 9th, 2017 by retail design blog

Creating a space based on my memory of Paris. 2006 was my first visit to Paris for work and I visited many famous restaurants day and night. I am not sure how great my taste buds were back then yet I thought that the French cuisine in Japan was better. “Restaurant DOMINIQUE BOUCHET” was the restaurant I visited in my latter half of my visit. Two white asparagus were laid on the center of the white plate and I had it with just salt and pepper.

The taste had depth, the time and meticulous procedures to make this asparagus was obvious. Within a span of time after tasting the asparagus, an old man with an old dog walked in the restaurant. The old man took his time to dine while giving a bite of the food to his dog. This restaurant was filled with the spirit of profound elegance of French food.

Touched deeply, I gave my gratitude to the Mr. Dominique Bouchet who signed his own book as a present right before my eyes. 6 years after my visit, Mr. Enomoto, my long known graphic designer asked if I would be interested to design Dominque Bouchet’s first oversea restaurant in Tokyo. I still remember how surprised and nervous I felt. Dominque, a man with a beautiful history requested for the restaurant to have an “Espirit of Paris” – a simple request.

Memory of taste never lose its freshness despite the time, therefore, I knew exactly what I had to do. Basement 1 is used as a café/bar lounge space with a walnut table located in the center. This space can be used as a “Salon” for Dominique to invite his guests for a private dinner as well as acting as a waiting lounge. Here, over 400 wine can be stored.

Dominique Bouchet’s history are randomly displayed on the wall. A view to the Basement 2 dining room from the window can be seen. In contrast with the waiting lounge, the dining area is filled with light enabling guests to forget that they are in basement 2 with no natural light. Two private rooms can be provided with the soft curtain which envelopes the rooms for privacy.

Design: NAO Taniyama & Associates
Photography: Sato Shinichi / masahiro GODA

Muji store, Tokyo
The products are displayed in such a way to emphasize the design, rather tha...
Diamond tile Pavilion at Bangkok Architect fair 2011 by Apostrophy’s, Bangkok
To describe the main structure, wall, huge lamp ceiling, it’s like we sketc...
Food & Forest park restaurant by YOD Design Lab, Poltava - Ukraine
The restaurant is part of the relax park "VERHOLY" located in a pi...
LollyPop Restaurant & Café by Creativ Interior Studio, Bucharest - Romania
The challenge of the concept was how to convert the idea of the lollipops in...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *