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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

JETRO’s exhibition booth for the Maison&Objet international trade fair in Paris, France by Torafu Architects

 
February 7th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Torafu Architects

We organized the space of JETRO’s exhibition booth for the Maison&Objet international trade fair held twice a year in Paris, France. The “J STYLE+” joint exhibition booth sponsored by JETRO gathers products from 16 companies selected by members of the Japan-France selection committee. Under the concept “Everlasting: Miscellaneous everyday use goods whose existence shines in our daily lives,” and strived to make a booth with a presence that will stand out even in a different culture by following Japanese qualities and keywords, such as the “Spirit” of the time, “Ease” and “Elegant Cuteness.”

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura 

  • Architects: Torafu Architects
  • Project: JETRO’s exhibition booth for the Maison&Objet international trade fair
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Photography: Takuji Shimmura
  • Principle use: EXHIBITION SITE 
  • Production: Claritas 
  • Credit: Planning・Concept: TRUNK / Graphic design: TAKAIYAMA 
  • Building site: Paris Nord Villepinte, France 
  • Total floor area: 153m2 
  • Design period: 2012.09-2013.12 
  • Construction period: 2013.01.12-01.17 
  • Production period: 2013.01.18-01.22

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura

The layout ensures that an extensive and varied line of products can be displayed in a way that’s easy to understand by placing the exhibition fixtures in layers. The disposition of the environment, which stands in a separate section, can exhibit frontality from one direction, or, from a different direction, can easily guide visitors all the way inside by giving them the impression of engaging in an alleyway.

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura

Also, the booth makes use of its height to attract the sight of visitors from afar in the middle of the crowded exhibition floor. Like a bold interpretation of Japanese borrowed landscaping, the 4-meter-high fixtures create a humorous skyline with its lighting in the shape of the sun and its mountains, clouds and trees which become the expo’s landmark.

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura

While the booth carries a presence in the distance, the color of the fixtures and its shape itself become its signature, making it possible to recognize the booth intuitively. Since miscellaneous goods are the center of the exhibition, the booth plays two roles while bringing a sense of unity to the whole, as the wall surfaces with large fixtures become, at closer distance, a background on which various products can shine.

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura

The layered fixtures are like a stage set, creating a space where visitors can discover products, as if on a treasure hunt, by inviting them to wander evermore further inside the booth while changing their perception depending on the standpoint.

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura

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