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‘Layers of History’: Dersou in Paris, Distressed Surfaces Included

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‘Layers of History’: Dersou in Paris, Distressed Surfaces Included

July 12, 2018

Designed by Tokyo firm Daikei Mills, Parisian restaurant Dersou is named after the title character in the 1975 Akira Kurosawa film. According to Daikei Mills, the project “began with an email from Amaury Guyot and chef Taku Sekine, who came to us with a potential location and an idea for a restaurant open to eclectic influences and bouts of inspiration, centered on a nightly tasting menu paired with cocktails.”

Located near the Bastille, the original restaurant space was centuries old and had “layers of history,” as the designers say. “We were inspired to adapt our ideas on-site to achieve the kind of space we aspire to create—one that feels ‘undesigned,’ with no unnecessary frills.”

Here’s a look.

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Above: One Yelp reviewer notes that the restaurant has a “Brooklyn, Tokyo, Paris vibe.” The ceiling pendant is similar to the Industrial Chandelier from Brooklyn/Charleston–based Workstead, and the live-edge bar is made from a single piece of wood.
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Above: The designers installed a metal backrest against one wall; it’s an “inserted element that quietly punctuates the space, which is otherwise filled with natural materials,” they say.
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Above: Hand-shaved ice, used in cocktails.
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Above: The designers stripped away layers of wallpaper to reveal the original walls.
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Above: An informal flower arrangement in a recycled jar.
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Above: Japanese ceramics.
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Above: Japanese-born chef Taku Sekine and restaurateur Amaury Guyot.

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