Dining Room Once Hidden From the Nazis Marries Art Nouveau With Red Meat

Restaurant Porn is a regular column of daydreams presented as a means to introduce BC diners and designers to concepts, looks, and fully-formed ideas that they might draw an inkling of inspiration from.

(via) Ricardo Giraudi’s Beefbar in Paris appears entirely one of a kind, but the Monaco-born restauranteur has seven other iterations of it either planned or already open around the world (eg. Monaco, Mexico, Hong Kong, Dubai, Mykonos).

This one is obviously special. Located in what used to be ‘La Fermette Marbeuf’ – the atrium dining room of the old Hotel Langham on Rue Marbeuf in Paris’ 8th arrondissement – it boasts a stunning interior recently restored (and modified) by Humbert & Poyet. Its beautiful bones were first revealed in 1898 by the eminent architect/decorist Emil Hurtré, while the rich, colourful Art Nouveau wall panels were painted by a young Jules Wielhorski (1875-1951).

The magnificence of the space had been lost to history, the art languishing behind protective walls that hid the work from the outbreak of World War II to the 1980s, when the work was rediscovered and registered as an historical monument, only to be largely forgotten again.

Today, as we can see in these images, it looks like something out of a dream — fresh yet frozen in time. Its original style has been remarried to more modern furnishings and finishings, and its purpose – an elaborate, escapist dining hall dedicated to the enjoyment of meat – doesn’t feel discordant in the least. Take a look…

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