Known for his clothing line and art, Kenzo Takada channeled his creativity into his Parisian home.
Tucked away in the busy streets of Paris is a house that exudes tranquility. The late Kenzo Takada’s Parisian home is a breath of fresh air. Like the late designer’s designs, his home is also a fusion of Japanese aesthetics and Western influences.
The four-story, 13,778-square-foot home is hidden from plain sight in the courtyard of an 18th-century residential building. The house is located in the history-filled Bastille district, an enclave on the southern bank of the Seine in Paris.
The tranquil home is now on the market for the third time since its construction. It was first listed in 2007 when the designer wanted to downsize. It was put on the market in 2015 valued at €13.2 million (₱800 million). As of the latest listing, the price is available upon request.
The mansion was built in 1993. It was Takada who first made the designs for his home, but in 2018, renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma redesigned the place. The home’s aesthetic blends traditional Haussman architecture—including the high ceilings and bay windows—with Eastern-influenced furniture and fixtures that pay homage to Takada’s roots.
Aside from the architecture and design, the most notable feature of the house is the authentic Japanese garden. Christie’s International Real Estate, the firm handling the home, explained Kuma’s vision in upgrading the house and the garden. “In keeping with Kenzo’s vision of an authentic Japanese house and garden—with its serene koi pond and the cherry tree, Kuma reconfigured the layout, bringing that transparency to each room and orienting all views toward the garden,” they said.
Banner photo via Christie’s International Real Estate.