Coffee, Design, Japan
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Home, Atelier, Cafe ー a space for inspiration

“It is rather the building fits our lifestyle than we fit the building.” – with this kind of approach Takeuchi family designed a space where they can live every day with happiness and inspiration. The aesthetic world of two people are not shut between white walls. They are a big part of community through a cup of morning coffee and a love for art. The space is a combination of studio, cafe, living space and even museum, which they recall as ‘Museum of Art’.

Large windows overlooking a park and cherry blossoms feel like a part of interior. In urban and over-stuffed city like Tokyo, Takeuchi house fulfills Japanese beloved minimalistic, clean, aesthetic space with a wabi-sabi inspired idea “as simple as possible”. Even if it does look simple, the location of every piece of furniture has been thoroughly thought of while decorating the house.

“I get a lot of influence from the environment for my art, and the layout of a space is very important.” ー Mrs. Takeuchi

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Sense of beauty and perfection applies to everything from the design of elliptical shape walls to a saucer and a little wooden spoon. The couple have chosen coffee beans from Peru and every morning after grinding and pour-over brewing the smell of fresh coffee fills the air. Both Takeuchi studied one year about coffee before opening a cafe, named ‘Oeuf’. The taste of their chosen coffee is exceptional with never felt before ‘airy’ and ‘clarity’ taste that comes from a brew.

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Photos from: 100% Life

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  1. I lived in Japan for almost a year. Now I was in the military, but I lived out in amongst them, as it were, most of my time there. I also did not hang around the area of the base on my time off, You do not get the true sense of a country around a U.S. military installation for reasons I won’t go into. I was in Iwakuni and made friends with my Papa-San in the Quonset Hut I was assigned to, we became friends and he invited me to his house. I may be mistaken, but I think I am the only person to be awarded this distinction. He had a two tiered garden, fenced in by rock walls of natural rock. Very rare in Japan, house was exquisite. I later found out it had been in the family for generations. I also started adding up what my friend was making taking care of Marines, it was a veritable fortune! He had been the commanding officer of the very base I was stationed at during WWII. When I first asked what he did in the war, he looked me right in the eye and said “I kill Marines!”

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