There are some certainties that come with an India Mahdavi design; one is that you are going to get a stunning space unlike any other and that the space is going to be pulled off with complete panache and grace – the newly re-imagined Café Français on the Place de la Bastille is no exception to this having been reborn by Mahdavi in grand Parisian style.
The restaurant is a sea of voluptuous red and blue leather and velvet seating with an incredible articulation of a traditional tiled floor, the pattern of which has been repeated throughout other elements of the design. The ceiling for me however is the scene stealer. Conceived of gold leaf with a custom light fitting taken from the design of the tiled floor moving through to a tromp l’oeil fresco with silver orb light fitting and then out to the glassed in terrace. In every sense, it should be garish, but here it elegant and refined.
As we’ve come to expect from Mahdavi, every single surface has been considered and addressed with the detail it deserves. Of the whole design, my favourite part is the sweet little nickel plated custom wall sconces whose design is taken again from the tiled floor and not that I’d ever need a good reason to visit Paris, but interiors like this certainly give me one.
Story by Brendan Guy . To see more by India Mahdavi Images courtesy of India-Mahdavi