Located in the Denon Wing of the Louvre Museum, Café Mollien reopens its doors. The top interior designer Mathieu Lehanneur signs the modern design of the Café, a new link between the gardens of the Carrousel and the Tuileries and the masterpieces of the museum.
In front of you, a long row of rooms of paintings. Behind you, an endless view overlooking the Jardin des Tuileries. At your feet, a double monumental staircase of stone and bronze In the air, the floating soul of the Mona Lisa… What should be added in this case? “This was the question that Mathieu Lenhanneur asked to himself before starting the interior design project.
The 150 square-meter settled under its vertiginous ceilings and marbled tiled floors that are punctuated by massive columns, become softer with the designer intervention by bringing some human scale in this monumental context.
The Café Mollien consists of an “L” room and a 230 m² terrace with the best view of the Pyramid of the Louvre. The interior space is organized around monumental and custom-made fixtures in brushed brass and acrylic which extend their structures to the vegetable undulations up to 4,5 meters height.
The designer describes them as, ‘three, large pale-pink eggs; luminous and translucent, floating in space and inhabiting the void that separates us from the ceiling, and act as a signal in the Parisian perspective.’
Wooden benches, lacquered in the color of the woodwork and fabrics, take up places in the niches of the historic windows, white matte modern furniture rhythmic space, as a light punctuation. The white is also found in the marble of the 10-meter long bar that welcomes guests.
Photography: Michel Ggiesbrecht