A bulwark of the brasserie tradition in Paris since the Malafosse family first opened its doors in 1932, Le Flandrin has more recently assumed increasingly cosmopolitan allures, up to the present day as it reopens redoubled, a restaurant and bar in the classic tradition but of entirely contemporary tone.
In a continuing collaboration with architect Joseph Dirand (Monsieur Bleu), Le Flandrin proprietor Gilles Malafosse sought to recover the smoky glamour of the site’s original époque, “in pursuit of an international clientele, pleasure seekers and business people alike, Parisian or otherwise.” says Le Flandrin. “Joseph Dirand’s architectural scheme sees the mezzanines disappear and cascades of pink brick and limestone emerge, restoring the historic arcaded hall, whose rhythmic symmetry re-establishes the integrity of the original building.”
“The entry, through one such archway, achieves a sense of monumentality, yet the intimate lighting of suspended glass lampshades softens the lively spirit so peculiar to the Parisian brasserie and its traditionally deep volumes. The banquettes buck the brasserie tradition, chocolate hues of wood and mohair velvet upholstery in khakis, mustards and smoked greens, assembling the atmosphere of a private club. The elemental curves of Eero Saarinen chairs share the floor with the architect’s own designs: polished palm wood and brass lipped circular tables evoking the prevailing styles of the 1930s. The lounge is a veritable ode to Czech Cubism with black lacquer-gilt trim wood panelling and a smoked mirror ceiling enframing an imposing bar in yellow-veined white Calcutta Gold marble.”