Located at 7, rond-point des Champs-Élysées and housed in a 19th-century mansion now the Beaux-Arts building, Cafe Artcurial has undergone a chic renovation by architect and art collector Charles Zana. Situated in the renowned Parisian auction house of the same name, art enthusiasts can now dine on fine Italian cuisine in high-style after bidding on antique books, contemporary art, vintage photography and jewellery.
Rich appointments in deep wood, marble, leather and textiles complement the tonal shades of beige, brown and black which encompass the elegant, modern restaurant. Geometric, diamond patterned wall panels (created by Zana) and exposed masonry share this same serene color palette, enhancing the airy space.
One point of distinction is the shelving by Pierre Bonnefille which was specifically built to effectively display an array of fine art and objects from the continuing auctions, creating an interchangeable exhibition space for diners.
Natural light cascades through the pitched skylight roof and vast, classic windows with black wood frames, while chained pendants of vintage glass globes and oversized bubble-shaped wall sconces by Luigi Caccia Dominioni for Azucena contribute a warm glow as evening falls. The matte black leather banquettes, marble-topped tables and chairs were custom-made by Zana, whose inspiration was derived from the designs of Gio Ponti and Ettore Sottsass. A Carrara marble bar dominates the space, and transitions the adjacent dining room which overlooks the surrounding private gardens.
The fresh, sophisticated interiors of Cafe Artcurial by Charles Zana magnificently blend contemporary design with historical beauty and intrigue.