Formerly an old house, this historic space was recently converted into Boulanger Kaiti, a bakery in Fukuoka, Japan. Renovated by Movedesign, the new business retains much of its original flavor, establishing a domestic atmosphere to be enjoyed by both locals and traveling foodies.

From outside, a hungry passerby can peek at the days’ bread, visible through the long, front-facing window. One may also admire the combination of the sweet painted parlor; the rustic, timber-clad volume; and the pitched tile roof. All of these elements give the building more texture and interest, just like the crust heightens the appeal of a good loaf.

Inside, there are home-y accents such as parquet floors and colorfully painted walls, so that customers feel almost as if they are being welcomed into a friend’s home for a meal. Visitors can walk around the central table and pick out their favorite bread to take home or bite into while sitting at the window-side bar. Either way, the architecture suggests that buying bread should be a warm, relaxing experience, and creates just that for patrons of Boulanger Kaiti.

Photography Yousuke Harigane of Techni Staff

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Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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