A few years ago, JAPAN Style posted an article about a popular Japanese home-remodeling TV show, “Gekiteki (=dramatic) Before After”. In the recent episode, one of the “takumi (= grandmaster artisans) flies out of Japan for the first time in the series. The takumi this time is Mr. Sakata, an architect. Sakata works on a poorly maintained 153 year-old, apartment in Paris. The client family a French father and Japanese mother, with their three sons, currently live in a tiny apartment (40m2) and recently purchased the 153 year-old apartment as the boys are growing bigger. The new purchase is more spacious than their current modest residences, but still too small, at 55m2, for each boy to have his own room. The key points this time are; 1) how takumi provides the boys their own rooms, and 2) how he creates a additional storage space. Let’s see the dramatic transformation as takumi goes to work on this apartment!
[ Entrance hallway ]
After: Japanese style entryway, “genkan“, with rise and fall system shoe closets.
[ Toilet ]
[ Bathroom ]
[ Living room ]
[ Kitchen ]
[ Bedroom ]
After 4: Japanese “fusuma” style window shade with beautiful crescent moon. (There is a yellow blind behind the fusuma.)
[ Kids’ room ]
[ Budget ]
Total ¥10,250,000 (US$99,163), excluding the fee for the Takumi.
It seemed like it was much more difficult for Sakata, the takumi, to work on this home because each little thing, such as tools, machines, materials, and the way to proceeding, was different from Japan. However, Sakata and French artisans accomplished the project, taking advantage of each other’s merits. No matter where they are now, or no matter where they are from, the spirit of artisans must be common all over the world 🙂
Author : Junko
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