Pas de Calais,x Paris

— 2015
patwork wood floor lava stone pas de calais store in paris photo by Adrien Dirand

Pas de Calais is a young Japanese brand
created by Yukari Suda in 1998 and named
in homage to the famous Calais lace,
which is renowned for being the finest
and most delicate in the world.
Inspired by the rich heritage of Northern France,
its outdoor lifestyle and magnificent landscapes,
Pas de Calais is the reflection of a pure essence
tinged with nostalgia and combined with modern,
relaxed design. The brand develops its own textiles,
elevating cotton, linen and silk by using
a combination of traditional dyeing methods
and state-of-the-art techniques.

white pins wall in pas de calais store in paris photo by Adrien Dirand patchwork wood floor in pas de calais store in paris photo by Adrien Dirand
patchwork wood floor with white pins wall white coat on free standing rack pas de calais store in paris photo by Helene Hilaire dao wood table on patchwork wood floor in the background white pins wall in pas de calais store in paris photo by Adrien Dirand

Following a first New York store,
the brand’s traveling spirit has settled
in a first Parisian boutique located at
15 rue de Poitou in the 3rd arrondissement.
Conceived as an echo of the Pas de Calais
DNA, the 75 square-meter (807sq.ft.) space
is informed by arte povera
and the simplicity and authenticity of natural
materials within a mineral setting.

The space celebrates the natural character
of fissured wood, corroded metal and limestone
that is as powdery as chalk.
Each material is worked naturally according
to authentic artisanal methods,
creating an ode to nature that has been
caressed by time.

dao wood naked floating over two lava blocks in the making of pas de calais store in paris

Dracontomelon dao also known as New Guinea
walnut/ Pacific walnut is a tropical canopy tree
distinguished mostly by its height (reaching up to
about 45 metres) for its greyish-brown trunk which
is branchless up to about 20 m It is native to the
riverine and limestone forests.

The seed surface typically displays an intricate
pattern with an approximate five-fold symmetry,
and its five rhombic protrusions are reminiscent of
primitive Buddha images. It is revered and called
"Five Buddhas" in the North-East of Thailand and
in Laos.

The furniture is a collection of abstract shapes
that underscore the imperfect precision of Pas
de Calais clothing. The principal tableau is
anchored by untreated exotic wood posed on
two blocks of washed lava stones.
The floating dao piece finds its counterpoint in
wooden flooring in an organic patchwork of
hand-cut blocks.

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All elements were selected, developed and
produced in collaboration with local artisans
whose work blends traditional know-how with
new technologies and special attention to the
to the inherent nature of each piece. In a savvy
geometrical triangulation, the dominant colors
of sand, chalk white, dove gray and charcoal
resonate with the colors of clothes displayed
on metal threads. Together, the ensemble
creates a singular and delicate whole.

Lava rock selected and sliced
at Clermont-Ferrand volvic quarry
The city is famous for the chain
of volcanoes, the Chaîne des Puys.

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The floor of the entire store is an organic
patchwork of different end-grain wooden
blocks (bois debut), hand cut and
positioned in a free flow.

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On the walls, charcoal black alternates
with chalk white in an irregular pattern
studded with wooden anchor pins.

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All metal work and lighting developpment
were custom made to this project.


pas de calais
le marais
15 rue de poitou
Paris 75003