Like Kenzo, who moved from Japan to Paris in 1964 to start his career in fashion, the designer's house reflects a convergence between eastern and western cultures. Traditional Japanese building materials, including ceramic, stone, bamboo, and wood are combined with French oak louvers and beams to complement the property's original wood finishings.
Property of the Week: The Kenzo House, Paris
5th June 2023
The legendary, late fashion icon Kenzo Takada had a love affair with Paris. For the first time, the iconic Japanese designer's property, created in partnership with architect Kengo Kuma, is available on the market, and it's a Zen love letter to city.
The enormous (13,778-square-foot) 18th century villa is tucked away in Paris' quiet, yet fashionable Bastille district. With landscaped terraces sweeping around the property, cherry trees, bamboos, junipers, lichens, mosses, and waterfalls add to the serene Japanese landscape.
Takada opened his first boutique in Paris in 1970. Twenty years later, the celebrated designer collaborated with esteemed architect Kengo Kuma to construct the tranquil oasis.
In addition to a music and fitness room, the four-story villa boasts beautiful sun-soaked patios, an authentic koi pond, and a Japanese-inspired spa.
Kuma, known for grand projects such as Japan National Stadium and Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo, is famous for other residential designs including the Stone Roof home in Nagano, Japan.