Immortalised by artists such as Renoir (Bal du Moulin de la Galette), Toulouse- Lautrec, Van Gogh and Picasso, the Moulin de la Galette windmill restaurant in Montmartre had long since fallen victim to tourism, offering a kitsch reflection of Paris in a bygone era.
Studio Janreji in collaboration with Lemoal & Lemoal were challenged to give new life to the historic venue. The architects worked on a complete make over juxtaposing and overlapping contrasting eras and styles to re-position the restaurant as a top-end address.
Below the Moulin de la Galette by Auguste Renoir (1876 – Musée d’Orsay, Paris), Vincent Van Gogh (1886 – Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin), Henry de Toulouse-Lautrec (1889 – Art Institute of Chicago) and Pablo Picasso (1900 – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York).
Studio Janréji combined the brutal modernism of the restaurants’ newly exposed raw concrete ceiling with the refined decorative wooden panelling of the walls. The lower part of the walls is in rich dark wood, the upper part is painted a delicate shade of ivy. Asymmetric doors brake the geometry of the interiors.
The generous yet sober lines of the soft velvet seating, in royal blue and taupe contrast with minimal tables. The metallic Mondian-esque structure of the bar is crowned by the apparent interior wooden structure of the original industrial mill.
The table frequented by actress-singer Dalida has been conserved, with a brass name-plate in her honour. Keeping its original place in the restaurant and above all bearing witness to The Moulin de la Galette’s extraordinary past.
“The conflicting materials overlap, contrast, yet complete. We aimed to create harmony and giving overall direction to the interior of the restaurant” says Régis Conseil, founder of Studio Janréji.
The bold identity of Studio Janreji is modelled around the love for the decorative arts and design of founder and interior designer Régis Conseil. The practice blends different eras, styles and materials and works with a skilled network of artisans to create restaurants, bars and retail design.