Lizée-Hugot uses leather and tubular steel to channel 1970s in Paris eatery


Materials typical of a classic Parisian brasserie such as wood, marble and a lacquered ceiling are teamed with tubular steel furniture reminiscent of the 1970s in the Abstinence restaurant.


Called Abstinence, the restaurant is the first project completed by Parisian studio Lizée-Hugot, which was founded earlier this year by Stéphanie Lizée and Raphael Hugot after some years spent working together at different studios.

Wood panelling and green leather bench in Abstinence restaurant
Traditional wood panelling runs along the perimetre of the restaurant

The studio was asked to create a classic Parisian brasserie on Rive Gauche near the École Militaire with a “wine cellar spirit”, a “chic dining counter ” and an open kitchen wrapped by a large central bar for dining.

In response, Lizée-Hugot conceived the interior as “a new take on a classic style” to create “an elegant and intimate space”.

Wood panelling with leather booth and spherical lights in restaurant interior by Lizée-Hugot
Booths provide seating for four

The interior integrates materials and features typical of a brasserie, such as a lacquered ceiling, wood panelling, leather and marble.

These are blended with materials, colours and forms associated with the 1970s, such as birdseye maple, olive and tan leather and tubular steel furniture.

Tubular steel and green leather chairs in Abstinence restaurant interior
Green leather features across chairs and benches

“We revisited the classic materials – wood, marble and a lacquered ceiling – by contrasting them with more contemporary materials such as stainless steel,” the studio told Dezeen.

“And we mixed the interior design with modernist-inspired furniture, always in search of a balance.”

The result is an inviting interior with a cinematic ambience reminiscent of the 1970s.

Seating 55 inside and 30 on the terrace, all of the restaurant’s furniture was designed by Lizée-Hugot and made especially for the restaurant.

Furniture includes tall chairs and stools with cognac leather seats on tubular steel frames, a large bevel-cut sculptural bar made of Sarrancolin marble and polished stainless steel, and tables with enamelled lava stone tops.

Wood panelling with green leather bench and stool Abstinence
Spherical lights are mounted to the walls

Other restaurants that channel 1970s interiors include this pizza restaurant in Montreal, where Ménard Dworkind’s used green ceilings and white pine wall panels to create the feel of a restaurant interior from 1970s New York.

Photography is by Francis Amiand.



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