Designed by Paris architects Marion Dumazer and Emmanuel Lafallisse, The Galerie de Lunettes remains faithful to the space’s former role as an art gallery only these days the art is in the spectacle frames that line the walls. Shown on a natural, pale-coloured wooden display unit, the glasses are arranged like individual artworks.
La Trésorerie, which changed of use, thanks to Elsa Coustals, Lino Landau and Denis Geffrault, became a modern day bazaar that is packed with useful gadgets: forks, bistro cups, Iittala and Duralex glasses, linen dishcloths, Basque table settings, brushes of all sizes, black soap and beeswax, cast-iron and enameled cooking pots and even paint.
The Huf ngton Post puts Artazart, the emblematic bookshop on the Canal St Martin in the top ten art and design bookshops in the world. Since 2000 its founders Carl Huguenin and Jérôme Fournel, in partnership with the fashion designer Serge Bensimon, is a space for creation in all its forms. The selection of books, reviews and objects is punctuated by the latest in design, the graphic arts and photography.
Next to the department stores and theatres, this hotel designed by Dorothée Meilichzon in response to a commission from Julie and Adrien Gloaguen takes its inspiration from a quote from Jules Renard: ‘Just add to two letters to Paris and your in Paradis[e]’.
The professional Showroom En of La Boutique Scandinave (founded in 1954) is open by appointment. The Swedish born Andreas Granqvist, agent and distributor, renews his collection permanently with a selection from the Scandinavian designers and brands, as Secto Design (Finland), Watt&Veke (Sweden) and Essey (Denmark). Only the best !
In the biggest train station of Europe with 700 000 travelers a day and 200 millions a year, the chef Thierry Marx transforms the traditional station buffet in a design and contemporary restaurant. Under a metal roof, the internal design constitutes mainly of dark wood and glass.
Mur.Mur. has renovated this space as it would have been in the 14th century by incorpora- ting a series of elements in their basic state: geo- metric wooden structures and a bar made from Burgundy stone. The parquet is original, the walls in Paris stone and redbrick brought back to their original state.
With a past that included being head pastry chef for the Grande Épicerie de Paris, at the Costes groupe and for Hélène Darroze’s restaurants, Benoît Castel has branched out on his own with a pair of bakeries-patisseries (the other is in Menilmontant). The bright, modern boutique on the rue des Vinaigriers was designed by Mur.Mur. and includes a gargantuan marble counter, neon lights and the original painted glass ceiling that has been restored.