The Jules Verne restaurant, a Parisian institution since 1983, has just re-opened after a complete renovation. Located in the heart of the Iron Lady (otherwise known as the Eiffel Tower), the restaurant has been operating at the top of the gastronomy food chain since it's inception.
Now, under the guide of Michelin star chefs Frédéric Anton and Thierry Marx the restaurant is set to take a leap forward in the new decade. To help prepare the restaurant for the world-class cooking of Anton and Marx, the owners enlisted acclaimed interior designer Aline Asmar d'Amman.
D'Amman has done just that. In stark contrast to the previously dark and modern design of Le Jules Verne, the designer has created a traditional yet chic interior that pays homage to Paris.
Using cool, grey tones - similar to the ones favoured by Gustave Eiffel himself - for the chairs, contrasted with dark woods and marble the settings radiate elegance and style. Leaning into the natural light allowed by the restaurant's one-of-a-kind views, d'Amman has used shades of white for the floors, ceilings and walls. Circular sculptures are also featured in the ceiling, adding a beautiful touch of symmetry above the circular tables.
It is clear that d'Amman took inspiration from the city around him, using dashes of silver, blue and green he created a subtle representation of the river Seine which runs through the heart of Paris' periphique. Likewise, the black and gold offer a nod to the beauty of the City of Love's narrow, cobblestone streets.
The artistic decorations in the new restaurant also lean on icons of Paris' past, screen prints alluding to fashion icons Jeanne Lanvin and Sonia Delauney adorning the walls.
All in all, the Jules Verne restaurant is site to behold even if you don't look out the window. Now, it's just about trying to secure a reservation. Bonne chance.
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