Monsieur Bleu at the Palais de Tokyo

Set across the Eiffel tower in Paris, the Palais de Tokyo hosts the Museum of Modern Art of the city of Paris as well as a center dedicated to modern and contemporary art. Since the end of April it is also home to “Monsieur Bleu” a brasserie whose menu was elaborated in collaboration with Alix Lacloche. Named after a fictional character imagined by the French architect Joseph Dirand, the restaurant is the perfect example of understated modern elegance. Joseph Dirant created a masterpiece bringing seamlessly the original Art Deco features of the room into the 21st century.

The decor is mainly based on black and white marble with only the velvet covered upholstery adding various shades of green, not blue like the name of the place would suggest, in a very subtle color palette from moss to celadon; Those nuances are otherwise found in the unique green Conemara marble used throughout the space. I love the gold bar and the brass accents of the table edges and lighting fixtures. The round edges of the mid-century inspired armchairs soften the square lines of the marble and create an interesting contrast in this stark environment. I definitely need to check out Monsieur Bleu in person next time I’ll be in Paris (preferably without the kids though).

It’s Monday and I wish you a great start into the week.

* All photography is by Adrien Dirand

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