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Beefbar steakhouse in Paris occupies an art-nouveau atrium

Posted on 30 September, 2017 by Arthur
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Beefbar steakhouse in Paris occupies an art-nouveau atrium

The ornate wall panels of a previously hidden 19th-century atrium informed the transformation of this steak restaurant by design duo Humbert & Poyet.

Beefbar Paris has been decked out in sumptuous jewel tones to complement the art nouveau wall panelling that appears in the main dining atrium, creating what Humbert & Poyet describe as a "game between sobriety and eccentricity".

Despite the atrium being heritage listed in 1983, Humbert & Poyet found it to be in a severe state ruin and in need of a complete restoration: several of the surfaces were crumbling away or had been covered up with air conditioning services.

Beefbar Paris: Interiors of Beefbar restaurant in Paris, designed by Humbert & Poyet

The room is now centred by an olive green and navy blue seating bench, echoing the hue of the foliage depicted on the wall panels. Contrast is offered by red velvet dining chairs that have been placed around brass-edged tables, matching the room's carved gold pillars.

Monochromatic carpet with a sprig-like motif has also been installed in the atrium, intended as a visual nod to the sunflowers seen on the walls and leafy branches that have been drawn on the ceiling.

Beefbar Paris: Interiors of Beefbar restaurant in Paris, designed by Humbert & Poyet

This runs through to Beefbar's adjoining rooms, where the lower half of walls have been clad in dark green marble. Arched doorways lined in glossy emerald tiles lead through to a mirrored bar area, where guests can grab a drink at more casual high tables and blue leather stools.

Greenery-filled planters have also been installed between seating booths.

Beefbar Paris: Interiors of Beefbar restaurant in Paris, designed by Humbert & Poyet

Millimeter Arkitekter opted for a similarly decadent aesthetic when completing the interiors of Stockholm's L'avventura restaurant, which is set inside an old cinema – it features stucco ceilings, classical wall murals, and even a pair of olive trees at its centre.

Photography is by Francis Amiand.

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