Located on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Maison du Danemark is not just a cultural centre, but is also home of two renowned restaurants, one a high-end brasserie named Flora Danica, and a second fine-dining experience named Copenhague.
The space was completely renovated by the Danish-Italian design duo GamFratesi, who chose materials and colour schemes to create a classic Danish environment fused with a Parisian aesthetic.
The Flora Danica has been designed in the style of a contemporary Danish brasserie with touches of French sophistication. Green dominates, with a sculpted bar in emerald green marble and matching fabrics on the chairs. A grey palette and black and copper décor on the furniture add to the precious, exclusive character of this place. The floor tiles are a graphic blend of Carrara marble and green marble chevrons, leading visitors towards the bar and patio. The ultimate in sophistication, re-issues of geometric and botanical designs from the establishment’s archives delicately decorate the wall panels.
To enjoy this uniquely designed brasserie at its best, take time to install yourself in one of its alcoves, or on the patio or terrace in summer, savouring a peaceful moment away from the hustle and bustle of the Champs Elysées.
GamFratesi is Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi, two professionally trained architects with a passion for materials, whose focus has naturally turned towards the design of furniture, objects and lights.
The delicate Balance mobile produced by Capellini, the Beetle chair manufactured by Gubi or the Cheshire lamp by FontanaArte are all iconic pieces designed by the duo, leaders in Scandinavian style who seek to emphasise simplicity and functionality, without forgetting emotion.
As with all their designs, the Copenhague and the Flora Danica express an indescribable intimacy, underlined by a genuine focus on detail. To step inside these establishments is to embark on a unique visitor experience in different spaces that possess their own specific atmospheres.
The Copenhague has a more subdued ambiance, with its palette of deep blues, expressed through dark blue leather, deep blue tablecloths and textiles created by Raf Simons, the fashion designer. White porcelain plates specially produced for the restaurant by the Royal Copenhagen manufactory are the ideal showcase for the recipes devised by Andreas Møller.
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