A structure in bamboo and steel, around a hearth, represents the evolution of the kitchen in a shaped space enclosed by a cocoon of vulcanized paper

Tradition and innovation meet in the installation Irori, created by the famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma: he has focused on the ancient hearth (irori, in Japanese) built into the floor, used to warm the house and for cooking.

The focal point of historic Japanese dwellings, in the installation by Kuma with TJM Design, becomes the nucleus of a new convivial space that is both kitchen and living area, a fulcrum of domestic energy.

The furnishings system composed of steel tubes and bamboo can be creatively expanded or reduced, based on the needs of the family. The installation is enclosed, as if in a shell, in the hall of the Aula Magna, by a wrapper of vulcanized paper, strengthened by a special chemical treatment.


The Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, with his studio, has created the installation Irori, in collaboration with the Japanese company TJM Design, which with the brand Kitchenhouse produces high-profile component kitchens distributed in Japan and China. Lights by Viabizzuno.

Kengo Kuma ph. Pey Inada

Kengo Kuma ph. Pey Inada