Project began with an email from Paris. The bartender / entrepreneur Amaury Guyot and chef Taku Sekine came to us with a potential location, an idea to have a “pairing system” where each course of the nightly tasting menu is served with different cocktails, and the name of the restaurant, taken after the wise & intelligent master of the wilderness from the 1975 Soviet-Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa – Dersou Ouzala.
Amaury and Taku – celebrated figures in the Paris scene as owner / bartender of Sherry Butt and chef of culinary gems like Beige, Fish and Saturne respectively – had a vision of a restaurant that is open to eclectic influences and bouts of inspiration.
In many ways, being involved in the creation of Dersou became a poignant experience for DAIKEI MILLS. Throughout the project, Amaury and Taku gave us full confidence in providing the disign direction, and be inspired to adapt our ideas on-site.
Once we saw the over-century-old site near Bastille, we had an idea of making full use of the inherent layers of history.