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Brief Published: 22 Mar 2011

Salon du Fromage, Paris


Eschewing the more rustic aesthetics traditionally favoured by French delicatessens, a cheese shop in central Paris has embraced stark white minimalist interiors.

In massive contrast to its historic, 18th century host building on Rue de Richelieu, Salon du Fromage – designed by the Paris office of Japanese practice Kotaro Horichi Architecture – is an ultra modern, all-white space, with curved interior walls that delineate different sections of the store.

Witty lampshades featuring Emmental-style holes cast shadows into the store, and all the furniture has been custom-made in shapes that emulate blocks of cheese.

Continuing the cheese-lovers’ fantasy, an upstairs kitchen-cum-dining area creates a venue for customer events, including wine-tastings, cookery classes and seminars.