Electric – Paris by Mathieu Lehanneur with Ana Moussinet

Electric, a new sprawling dining and entertainment venue has sprung up in Paris. Driven by lighting design from Mathieu Lehanneur in collaboration with interior designer Ana Moussinet, this ultra-chic penthouse has simultaneously taken the form of both a restaurant and upscale nightclub with its stylish modern commercial design.

Perched high above the City of Light, Electric spans almost 12,000 square feet including an outdoor terrace and is rooted with a sophisticated sound system which literally grows from massive black braided trees. Thick wire and cabled branches bear “fruits” of high-tech sound and lighting, which casts a magical aura and vibe after sunset. Video projections and orchestrated LED light displays entertain the cosmopolitan club-goers. By day, Electric is a popular restaurant serving lunch.

Soaring glazed walls in the multi-level ballroom, as well as framed glass geometric protrusions in various lounges, offer fascinating panoramic views of the city and its Eiffel Tower from within the monumental, minimalistic space. Metal mesh stair railings lead to an elevated main lounge area of the ballroom. Soundproof mini-lounges feature undulating graphic wall designs and plush carpeting or solid wood flooring. A deejay booth and floating bars (one a sculptural, sliced tree trunk) cater to the clientele. Most whimsical is the futuristic, padded pod lounge featuring a soft quilted textile–very cool!

At first glance, the enticing, chill space seems almost monochromatic, bathed in tonal greys. This neutral scheme is an excellent background to the colorful lighting performances during the nighttime hours. Hexagonal abstract trunk stools are dotted across the floors of these connecting, flowing spaces, flanking the colossal tree bases. Low-set contemporary sofas scattered throughout are ideal for engaging in conversation when not dancing.

The modern commercial design of Electric seems to offer exactly what the hip Parisian scene is craving–an edgy, influential perspective of the club-meets-culture concept.

Images courtesy © Felipe Ribon

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