La cinenega and cafe

‘la cienega and cafe’ is located in the center of matsumoto, a city in nagano prefecture, japan. the existing building was designed in 1998 by the architect hideo yasui to house a fashion boutique. more recently the client requested designs for furniture and the interior of a new cafe situated in the loft, with a provision for displaying lots of small objects and accessories.


‘pata pata’ wall-display furniture was designed like outdoor playground equipment for children. ‘pata pata’ (w: 6,000mm, h: 1,400mm) comprises 84 doors, each of which is an easily detachable element of a simple structure or can be folded out to obtain a display unit. ‘pata pata’ is onomatopoeia for the opening-and-closing sounds. shop staff are easily able to create and change display arrangements by exploiting these features of ‘pata pata’.


‘waku waku’ units (with shelves, or used as a simple clothes hanger) are made of steel pipe plus plywood as required. ‘waku waku’ expresses a feeling of fun, although ‘waku' simply means ‘frame’ in Japanese. we gave this elegant frame it a tense atmosphere, while the installation of floating shelves lightens its overall feeling and appearance. another pipe-made clothes hanger attached along the concrete stair leads customers downstairs to the shop’s clothing section. 


at the center of the building, a tree formerly located in the garden of the client’s house is illuminated by a skylight, with additional surrounding pendant lights.  

project info:

location: matsumoto, japan

team: saeco kobayashi, taishin shiozaki, mayumi ito

furniture: neu furniture works/go sato

construction: asupia 


all images by ioto yamaguchi