Location: Paris, France
Project Year: 2016
Area: 608 m2
Photo: Maris Mezulis
With 30,000 employees worldwide, it is one of the largest Uniqlo’s markets in France. Paris itself has five branches for the sale of Japanese casual wear, so it’s not surprising that Ciguë was intended to create a showroom and design studio for Uniqlo, located on Rue St Honore.
Ciguë and Uniqlo’s artistic director Christophe Lemaire renovated space at 608 square meters to create a showroom interior design for ‘Uniqlo U’. This research and development center explores Uniqlo’s lifewear collection which focuses on experimenting with advanced materials and techniques. With this, the Paris studio has recently been opened, the space based on the same level and organized through the L-shaped floor plan. Offices, studio clothes, working and dressing area all flow one by one and are designed with the same approach- giving a consistent character throughout.
The oak frame and glass walls are used predominantly throughout the project, adhering to the open-plan, while the focus of the creative office on the show. Emphasis was placed on the details and the promptness of materials, it is seen by neutral tones and polished concrete floors, keeping the interior simple and refined — as a Uniqlo clothing.
Partitions are used to quickly provide confidentiality when necessary, or open space, to maximize the natural light. As such, common areas that require light closest to the floor-to-ceiling windows, while the space requires privacy, such as a photo studio, located further.