Creation / Joseph Grappin
Design engineering / Fabrication / Installation / Métalobil
Contracting owner / Mark’Style Tokyo
Photo Credit / François Guillemin et Marie Janiszewski
Japaneese shop Mark’Style Tokyo moves in “le Marais”, famous quarter in Paris. Joseph Grappin creates the concept store layout, Métalobil designs and manufactures it.
“Fanning out around the entire space, a shelving structure in light-coloured olive ash provides a warm contrast to the serene storefront. Installed along the walls and reaching as high as the ceiling, the components of this structure cleverly fit into each other, seeming to spring from nodes like the roots and shoots of a rhizome but in a geometric grid, an effect intensified by the mirrors on the ceiling.
This mechanical assembly system, requiring no nails or screws, using instead a complex version of a mortise-andtenon joint, draws on and adapts traditional Japanese wood joinery techniques. The system employs an innovative type of wood wedge, developed specifically for this project in collaboration with a team of design engineers at Métalobil, used with the wood planks to fix their positions at each shelf height.”