Monsieur Bleu Restaurant: The Palais de Tokyo Paris
Imagine this: inventing a character whom you wish to bring to life not as flesh and blood, but as an interior?
This is what French architect Joseph Dirand did when designing Monsieur Bleu the restaurant in new wing of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. And to fully appreciate the design, it is important to understand that the Palais de Tokyo is dedicated to contemporary art. And Dirand’s fictional character, Monsieur Bleu is “a true bourgeois gentleman, artist, gastronome and dandy that lives simultaneously within and outside the codes of the city, culture, conventions and everyday life.”
The interior of the restaurant is the epitome Paris chic: sensual fabrics, strong lines, quality materials and superb craftsmanship. The soft velvets in hues of greens and greys contrast both in colour and texture with the black and white tiled floors and smooth Carrara marble throughout.
It is stunning in a totally understated way. What I find particularly inspiring is Dirand’s creative process: the idea that a space is a person whom you are bring to life. It is interior designer as author or playwright. It tickles my fancy!