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The Maison Kistuné Franco-Japanese record label - now ultra-trendy ready-to-wear brand - launches its first café-bar-restaurant Place André Malraux, just a stone's throw from the Palais Royal (1er arrondissement). The new Café Kistuné, entrusted to studio ciguë, revisits the iconic Parisian bistro. A contemporary and minimalist decoration in the image of the House.

If today the architectural studio cigüe is internationally recognized, the agency was destined at the base to a carpentry activity. From the beginnings that finally push the founders to move towards a transdisciplinary and instinctive approach to design. A bias as visible in the Pavilion of Arsenal where the studio exhibits its prototype hotel room for tomorrow in the project Café Kitsuné.

The development of this new facility consists of the rehabilitation of the four lower levels of a historic Parisian building. The two levels in the basement spread over 100 square meters now house the kitchen and technical areas, while the upper floors spread over 170 square meters host the cafe and restaurant.

The ground floor is equipped with a monolithic stainless steel coffee counter to make the most educated amateurs blush with envy. The play of neons on the ceiling, the zinc track and the colored marbles revisit the typical interiors of Parisian brasseries. The room above, more intimate but more spacious, invites us to sip a cocktail leaning on the copper bar or share a meal comfortably on a velvet seat around a recycled plastic table. All with a breathtaking view of the Louvre.

Six years after the creation of the Café Kitsuné concept, the brand revisits the classics of the Parisian bistro by combining them with discreet American and Japanese influences. For the Louvre, Maison Kistuné thus played the card of the mix, from the refined interior to the simple and creative cuisine imagined by the Japanese chef Yuji Tani.

A carefully crafted fusion of French bistronomy and Japanese culture.

To learn more, visit the site of the architecture studio hemlock

Photographs: © Café Kitsuné, hemlock

Léa Pagnier



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