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Japanese inspiration for an apartment in the heart of Paris

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A kitchen with feminine touches thanks to its japonizing windows.

Antoine Baralhé

In Paris, near the Canal Saint-Martin, the apartment of the Japanese artist Kimiko Yoshida is the image of its owner. In this old factory, his works are in the foreground. Upon entry, the Japanese world of the owner makes us travel. Kimiko Yoshida mixes colorful art and sleek design to achieve a surreal result. Visit in photos.

In the heart of Paris, the Japanese artist Kimiko Yoshida has created a very personal universe in a former garment factory. A place of life and work, where his works belong to everyday life. Immaculate and straight out of her imagination, the place hosts a beautiful part of her work.

A photographer and a multi-faceted visual artist, Kimiko Yoshida's work has focused mainly on self-portraits, embracing the form of journey through cultures, ethnicities, eras and art history, but also permeated with its origins. . The artist exhibited in the whole world, made his glass works in Murano, but his point of attachment remained Paris.

Kimiko Yoshidaassise on a table "Hanamatsuri", in front of the mirror "Facing the Future", 2005, self-portrait, in which are mirrored "Sakura", photographs serigraphed on glass and mirror in the studio Jérôme Arcay, Pierre-Alain Challier Gallery .

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Why the choice of France and Paris?

Kimiko Yoshida: I was born in Tokyo where I studied art history. After a few years as a fashion designer, I chose to leave Japan because I had a difficult childhood, to resume photography studies in France. Since then, I live and work in Paris.

In the dining room, table Eero Saarinen, Knoll, and chairs Verner Panton, Vitra. "Rezzonico" chandelier from Murano. On the pillar, a sculpture "Senza Imagine" by Kimiko, Pierre-Alain Challier Gallery.

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How did you organize the place?

Kimiko Yoshida: it was a three-storey factory in a 1927 industrial building. I separated the space according to my activities. The basement has become my photo studio, the ground floor is reserved for the reception rooms and the first floor is the private part. I kept the elevator necessary to transport to the studio crates photos leaving for exhibitions, galleries.

In the living room, under the sculpture "Tombeau de Verre", a unique piece, the glass floor illuminates the photo studio. On the table, "My Death will not know anything of it" in Murano glass, Kimiko. On the furniture, heads of the series "Asleep, in the memory of Brancusi", self-portraits of Kimiko glass blown by Fabiano Amadi in Murano. "LC3" armchair by Le Corbusier, Cassina. Photos "Perfect" Kimiko.

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What was the biggest intervention?

Kimiko Yoshida: the place was dark. It took cheating to bring brightness. That's why I added my mirror sculptures that generously reflect the light of day. All walls as well as marble floors are white, color with the highest reflection of light. I created a glass floor in the living room to catch the light of day in the photo studio. And most importantly, I installed neon lights at 5,400 Kelvin which diffuse a white light on all the floors. You wished a double lighting. To contradict this very rigid concrete industrial building, I realized this double ellipse composed of fifty neons, around a baroque chandelier. This installation brings us a complement of daylight and in the evening, the chandeliers of Murano take over for a warmer and warmer atmosphere. I proceeded in the same way on the floor.

Are Japanese influences found?

Kimiko Yoshida: yes, with the installation of mirrors and tables around sakura - cherry - which is the symbol of ephemeral beauty and is closely associated with samurai whose life was considered beautiful and short, like a cherry blossom. At first, I installed a gradient of pink neon as if the cherry blossoms in the spring in Kyoto fade over time and also the "Sakura" transparent on the glass.

Mirror "Who are you?" of Kimiko.

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You have minimized furniture and decoration?

Kimiko Yoshida: I wanted an ideal place to exhibit my works, "my little personal museum". I imagined the overall design of the place and chose some sober furniture and design. The pieces are naturally imposed as the game of mirrors that multiplies as a kaleidoscope colors and self-portraits. The title of one of my exhibitions was "Art is where I live". I said it and I designed it. Kimiko Yoshida. kimiko.fr

Projects in 2015

Patrice Trigano Gallery, Paris. galeriepatricetrigano.com. I Love my Job Gallery, Paris. ilovemyjob.eu. M.I.A Gallery, Seattle. m-i-a-gallery.com. Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach. holdenluntz.com

The addresses of Kimiko Yoshida

For the perfection of his serigraphies Atelier Arcay, 80, rue du Chemin Vert, 75011. Tel. 01 53 36 72 44.

For its remarkable selection of art editions. Pierre-Alain Challier Gallery, 8, rue Debelleyme, 75003. [email protected]

For its excellent choice of design The Italian house Moroso, moroso.it

For his expertise and mastery of Murano glass Fabiano Amadi, bestmurano.com

The kitchen is the beginning of a bespoke furniture, a spiral of twenty-seven meters ending in storage in the living room, paintings "self-portrait painting", gallery Pierre-Alain Challier, and stools Konstantin Grcic, Magis.

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Under the paintings "Rorschach", the series "Self-portraits with the comma".

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Office "Campo d'Oro" by Paolo Pallucco and Mireille Rivier, De Padova. Chair "Bella Rifatta" by William Sawaya, Sawaya & Morini. Bookshelf library by Shiro Kuramata, Cappellini.

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On the stairs, "Monogold self-portrait" and a series of heads "Tokyo Air" by Kimiko Yoshida.

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"Sakura" on the glass, the radiator turns into a railing, lamp "Arco" of Achille Castiglione, Flos, and kitchen "Minikitchen" of Joe Colombo, Boffi.

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In the steam room, benches, Arne Quinze, Moroso, shower, Hansgrohe.

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Next to the elevator, a series of "Tondo" and ceiling, a light box Kimiko Yoshida.

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Rest beds, Swiss Comfort, and "Pipe" wall lamps by Herzog & de Meuron, Artemide.

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In the bedroom, paintings by Kimiko and suspension "Fractal Cloud" by Arik Levy.

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Kimiko Yoshida sitting on a table "Hanamatsuri", in front of the mirror "Facing the Future", 2005, self-portrait, in which the mirrors "Sakura" are reflected, photographs screen printed on glass and mirror in the workshop Jérôme Arcay, Pierre-Alain gallery Challier.

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