Café Français:
India Mahdavi

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Latest creation and flagship of the Beaumarly group, Café Français has opened on the Place de la Bastille, Paris, a part of the city currently undergoing significant change. A contemporary brasserie, backing onto the Marais and facing the Opéra, Café Français dominates the scene, and has become one of Paris’ largest establishments.

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From morning to evening, all facets of Parisian life are incorporated into the venue, including a brasserie, a bar, a veranda and a terrace.

The Place de la Bastille is suffused with history and a highly contemporary republican symbolism. The location of the Café Français, standing partly on the vestiges of the former prison is central to this.

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The Beaumarly Group note: “Artistic design was placed in the hands of India Mahdavi and the M/M (PARIS) studio, who have jointly imbued the Café Français with a graphic density articulated at different levels and permeating its different spaces, materials, furnishings and props.”

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‘With its comforting symmetry of two rooms topped by the bright blue sky of an illuminating dome, the spaces are unified by a densely marbled and terrazzo inlay. The walls — their semicircular arches and alcoves creating segmented spaces — are gilded with copper leaf and feature black marquina marble and brass finishing. A few handcrafted and antiqued mirrors reflect and accentuate the surroundings. Throughout, the radical geometry is toned down by the softness of the furniture and lush materials. France’s three national colours blend in with a range of other tones and colours.”

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“Following on from the two dining rooms, the veranda is the final step before the terrace and the view over the Genie. The glass roof reveals pieces of furniture decorated with burl inlays, wood and black rattan depicting a contemporary and graphic winter garden, with a discreet passage leading to the bar, also accessible through an entrance on the square. In contrast with the brasserie’s sparkling city vibe, the bar is glamorous and muted, ideal for an evening drink after the opera or theatre.”

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“The brass counter creates a mellow and intimate atmosphere, and finally, the sheltered and lushly planted terrace offers a haven of peace in the city centre, with a sunny view over the whole square.”

Images © Matthieu Salvaing

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