During milan design week 2015, acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has collaborated with Kitchenhouse to produce ‘Irori’, a contemporary kitchen space that represents a new way of living.
Working from the starting point that human beings have always lived around the elements of fire and water, Kengo Kuma’s design places the stove and the sink at the heart of the pavilion, surrounded by ancillary amenities.
The pavilion, which is conceived as a ‘white cocoon’, has been constructed using 1 millimeter thick vulcanized paper that has been twisted and woven to form the arched structure. Internal components are composed of modular bamboo boards and steel pipes, which can be used to make a table, a bench or a shelving unit. Consequently, as the inhabitants life expands – so does the kitchen.