Graines du Jour marks a new stage in the career of architect Charlotte Vinet, who specialises in Parisian wine cellars and bistros. Located in the famous rue Mouffetard, it is the first tea room designed and built by Charlotte, who opted for clean lines and light colours.
Thomas Chen, the founder of Graines du Jour, wanted to set up a workshop to manufacture and sell soya milk in Paris. A Taiwanese and a great consumer, he could not find what he was looking for in France, where nothing corresponded to the true taste of this type of milk. Graines du Jour is a real novelty in the space and in the offer of Parisian shops.
Beyond the novelty of the design and the welcome, the challenge for Charlotte lay in the complexity of the practices and customs to be integrated from the Taiwanese culture. She therefore carried out extensive research and specific technical plans for this installation.
Located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, and more precisely in the famous rue Mouffetard, the space includes 52m2 of indoor and 5m2 of outdoor sales space. Charlotte was immediately influenced by the brightness accentuated by the high ceilings. This naturally guided her in defining the colours and materials.
She explains: “The graphic identity was very strong. The colours, patterns and designs were a source of inspiration. We had to work on a bright, airy space concept, while integrating custom-made furniture. The client wanted to incorporate a Parisian aesthetic, while keeping the lines simple in the design of the furniture.”
For example, the opening of the window by guillotine requested by the customer for direct outdoor sales or the integration of the cold display cabinets in the furniture was a great challenge. With these different requests and a very precise specification, the project turned out to be quite technical. Technical, which the architect shared with various craftsmen, such as Atelier François, who took care of all the joinery.
The lighting gives the space a cheerful and elegant atmosphere. In terms of furnishings, Charlotte opted for varnished light oak furniture, solid oak worktops and almond green painted furniture. With the Graines du Jour project, the architect Charlotte Vinet proves her ease of adaptation and her great technique for a new universe and another clientele.
Used to the Parisian landscape, Charlotte has created a modern and elegant place. She has once again succeeded in making a client’s dream come true with a new concept and great energy.