Restaurant Boulevard Saint Germain
When Left Bank Design was called in to this project involving an important space facing the storied café Les Deux Magots in Paris, it was foremost a matter of crisis management. The restaurant’s owner had clashed with the original architect after communications had broken down and he felt he was being railroaded. The initial designs were heavy-handed, too expensive, and did not reflect the owner’s vision. The budget had gotten out of hand and was clearly going up. The space had been gutted and the clock was ticking as each day of delay cost the owner in lost revenue.
Left Bank Design helped the owner articulate a plan for the restaurant that was simple, elegant, and distinct from the famous neighbor directly across the street. They revised the floor plan to maximize a flexible seating arrangement upstairs and created an intimate bar and lounge area in the vaulted wine cellars below. The design elements chosen were simple, modern, and timeless so as to not too quickly date the renovation. They were also in-stock and available immediately to expedite the already behind-schedule project. A trio of George Nelson pendants and long ivory banquettes were used to anchor the space. A sculptural iron handrail was created for a spiral stair leading to the downstairs lounge.
Once underway, the project was completed for a fraction of the cost projected by the original plan.