Paris Restaurant >> Eclectic Glamour in the Fifteenth
Everytime I visit Paris, whether for the twice yearly Maison et Objet or just to visit friends, there is always somewhere new to try. Last month when I was in Paris with Veuve Clicquot I was heading back to London the day my friends had booked a table for dinner here, at Eclectic .
On 7, rue Linois in the 15th Arrondissement, the location was met with cries of “Where????” by my very glamorous fashion PR friend. Clearly she’s not down with this area noted for it’s homage to the 1970s brutalist architecture movement. Once le Cab were called she was fine, this isn’t St Germain darling.
The most recent design restaurant to arrive in Paris has been brought to us by Fabienne and Philippe Amzalak and Jean-Louis Costes, with the design of course by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio (there’s no prizes for guessing this is clearly his interior). It also happens to be the studios first flagship project in Paris following huge acclaim for their work in Hong Kong, Tokyo and London.
I tried to ban them from going without me but instead I was sent picture messages of the interior while I was on my way home on the Eurostar. “WE CAN’T BELIEVE YOUR’E NOT HERE WITH US!!!” one message read, not impressed yes I KNOW. So I was thrilled when I was recently sent a batch of images from their HQ. I’m a lover of all places shiny, so of course Eclectic is totally up my street. Londoners will know of his Dock Kitchen up on the canal in Ladbroke Grove, Eclectic is just as gorgeous.
Dixon’s Lustre Lights can be sourced here.
The Ceiling Pendant’s can be purchased here.
Dixon’s design began with the idea of making the restaurant “an integral part of it’s modernist surroundings. The technical areas of the building are exposed for maximum space, and concrete, the star of brutalism, is exploited in every possible texture.”
The curved lines of the upholstered banquettes and booths soften the industrial rough concrete used throughout, as well as the precision cut brass wall panels that throw off a beautiful ambient hue in the evenings. His use of lighting and furniture throughout, make for happy diners should they wish to install a bit of Eclectic glamour into their own homes. Most pieces are available via his online store.
Once I’ve been for myself I shall report back!
Images courtesy of Tom Dixon – Photgraphy by Thomas Duval