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Everyone has something to say about Joseph Dirand interior design projects. He is the man behind fashion stores – Balmain, Chloe, Givenchy – gave to Le Flandrin, one of most nostalgic Paris restaurants, a modern revamp making it a must-love amongst worldwide restaurant decor ideas.
Le Flandrin has occupied a historic railway station building since 1932, serving traditional French cuisine to some of the city’s finest clientele. Owned by the Malafosse family from its inception, the brasserie recently reopened after a short hiatus ordered by the dynasty’s current representative, Gilles Malafosse, so that it could undergo much-deserved refurbishments.
Following the wildly enthusiastic response to Monsieur Bleu, the impossibly chic dining room Malafosse opened in the Palais de Tokyo contemporary art museum in 2013 — and his well-received relaunch of 17th arrondissement luxury brasserie Petrus some years earlier — the restaurateur sought to restore Le Flandrin’s decor to its former glory.
By removing mezzanines added to increase floor space and restaurant capacity, Dirand has exposed Le Flandrin’s brick and limestone walls, restored the historic arcaded hall and re-established the symmetry of the original beaux-arts structure, opened in 1854 as part of the Paris–Auteuil line, France’s first suburban railway.
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The new restaurant interior design does not stray far from the winning formula Joseph Dirand applied for Monsieur Bleu – a clever combination of art deco and modernist hospitality interior design styles realised in materials that evoke classic, understated luxury with just a hint of decadence: rare marbles, dark woods, highly polished metal work, mirrored glass and plush upholstery. Khaki, mustard and smoky green tones bring warmth and softness to space and contrast with its graphic elements and sleek surfaces.
Dirand’s own 1930s-style brass-lipped, polished palmwood tables are teamed with Eero Saarinen’s curvy ‘Executive’ chairs for Knoll Studio and velvet banquettes framed with noir marble on the classic geometric-patterned tile floor of the dining room. The lounge, an ode to Czech cubism, features black lacquered wood paneling, a smoky mirrored ceiling and a bar topped with golden-veined white Calacatta marble. The subtle opulence continues in the terrace (which is open in summer and enclosed by glass screens in the winter) and al fresco dining areas, with concentric tables covered with pure white tablecloths, crystal, and silver.
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