June 29, 2012
Three days ago I returned from a week as a guest at Domaine de Boisbuchet, an idyllic design retreat in the rural area of Lessac, France. On site at Boisbuchet is a late Edo period (ca. 1860) guest house from Shimane Prefecture, Japan, which is beautiful–and beautifully sited on the grounds of a chateau, whose age is the same as the guest house.A view of the chateau from the Japanese guest house is shown, above.
The contrast between traditional Japanese vernacular architecture with French style is striking. Above is another view onto the chateau from the Japanese house.
Domaine de Boisbuchet is a heaven-on-earth and I urge you to peruse their website to learn more. The summer workshops they offer to students and professionals are unparalleled in the quality of the content and in the world-class design professionals who lead the workshops. And the feeling of camaraderie between the participants is a joy to behold, as is the spirit of innovation and critical thinking that abounds at Boisbuchet. You may want to consider taking a workshop next summer.
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