he heart of the Marais in Paris is dispersed with several tiny cones made of wooden slats, inspired by the traditional tepees of the nomadic Indians of the North American prairies. On display for a further week, they create an unusual, peaceful nest sheltered from the constant hustle and bustle of one of the busiest neighbourhoods in the centre of the frenetic ville lumière.
It’s called Hut and until the 29th of September they are located in several of the tiny courtyards that connect the BHV, the Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville (a department store that sells furniture, DIY and high-fashion, the longstanding neighbour of the Paris town hall) to the brand new branch of Eataly, the renowned chain of stores/ restaurants that sell top quality Italian produce and that here, is subdivided into eight thematic islands (that includes Pasta and Pizza as well as Osteria del vino) with Italian delicacies on offer.
Part of the exhibition “Design Italia”, held at BHV that illustrates Italian creativity, Hut is designed by the Italian architect and designer Marco Lavit, who in 2014 started his own studio in Paris.
For the installation project, the iconic Italian manufacturer of outdoor furniture Ethimo attracted this young up-and-comer on the interior design scene, who thus describes the inspiration for his tiny, comfortable islands surrounded by a shell:
"Hut is an unusual human-sized nest, a space for your personal well-being in the open air. The rhythmic nature of the wood allows the perception of the surrounding environment to filter through. A place to rest and meditate that consists of two main elements that can coexist or live independently: a comfortable platform to lie in the sun on or a shaded space for pleasant moments in the open air. “
The structure is composed by long wooden slats, slightly over 3 m high, made of Accoya® (a type of wood that’s especially suited to outdoors) and metal, surrounds a circular seat with a diameter of 3 m, covered in enticing cushions. A welcoming, protective invitation to relax, on a human scale, for a peaceful moment outdoors in the midst of the metropolitan confusion that we hope to find soon on the streets outside the exhibition too.
Where: 36, Rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris, France
When: 28 August - 29 September 2019