DESIGN CRUSH: JOSEPH DIRAND

MonsieurBleubarA few weeks ago, on a quick family visit to Paris, I met up with some great Brazilian friends (who always seem to know the best places to go) with whom I had dinner at the fabulous Monsieur Bleu restaurant. Situated in the Palais de Tokyo, Paris’ edgiest contemporary art venue, Monsieur Bleu was designed by the award-winning French architect Joseph Dirand. 

Dirand, who is known for his minimalist yet glamorous interiors, took some inspiration from the Art Deco movement in designing Monsieur Bleu. It’s there in the velvet green banquettes and in the vert-de-gris upholstered Saarinen chairs, the towering structured walls in burnished bronze, original Lalique glass panels and the cool marble-and-wooden floors. The lofty, over-sized geometric lamps suspended from the ceiling were originally designed by Michel Boyer for the French Embassy in Brazil and are ah-may-zing!!

And then there’s the food! The brasserie-style menu includes the most amazing Girolles avec Oeuf I’ve ever tasted (don’t ask me to explain, just try it if you ever visit) as well as great oysters (not a fan myself, but I’ve heard it said). Benjamin Masson, formerly of Petrus, is the chef.

Fun fact: although the name Monsieur Bleu is apparently a reference to artist Yves Klein’s iconic blue, there isn’t a trace of it in the entire restaurant! Go figure!

Monsieur Blue

Monsieur Blue

Monsieur Bleu

Monsieur Bleu

 

I’ve also included some shots of Dirand’s work for private clients and stores such as Balmain and Pucci. So gorgeous!

 

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Balmain store in Paris

Balmain store in Paris

Balmain store in Paris

Balmain store in Paris

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Pal's restaurant in Paris

Pal’s restaurant in Paris

Pucci store in New York

Pucci store in New York

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Images from Pinterest and Joseph Dirand Architecture

 

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