Having opened in January during Maison et Objet in Paris, the design-forward Eclectic has quickly become one of the hottest restaurants in the City of Lights.
Designed by Tom Dixon of London and his interior design consultancy, Design Research Studio, this restaurant serves as a living showcase of sorts for the latest lighting, furnishings, and accessories by the British design impresario. The 160-seat restaurant, located in the Beaugrenelle Centre in the 15th arrondissement, is Dixon’s first interior in France.
Parisian restauranteurs Fabienne and Philippe Amzalak gave Dixon artistic freedom for Eclectic, after doing the same with Philippe Stark for the restaurant Bon in 2008. In Eclectic, interior influences from the free-form 1970s are a marriage of Parisian chic and British eccentricity.
Hexagonal forms, including polished brass hexagons adorning at least 32 linear feet of interior wall, recall the geometric and modular concepts of the 1970s. In some ways inspired by Brutalism, floors are concrete, either unfinished or waxed, interspersed with areas of thick carpet.
Illuminated by Dixon’s latest lighting fixtures
Dixon is renowned as a lighting designer, and Eclectic includes many of his recent lighting products artistically arranged. Most notably, a central chandelier is composed of 124 Cell Tall Pendant lights clustered together for dramatic impact (see front cover). The Cell Tall Pendant light, which has a hexagonal opening at its base, is designed to mimic cellular growth with layers of digitally etched polished brass that filter light for a soft glow.
Other light fixtures in the space include the designer’s Base Floor Light with an industrial-looking cast iron base and minimal copper shade. And still more Dixon light fixtures in bronze and copper finishes are featured in the restaurant.
Among the furnishings, an upholstered Pivot Chair by Dixon—debuting for the public and design trade at Salone del Mobile in Milan this month—is a highlight of an Eclectic lounge area overlooking the Seine. Dixon’s Scoop chair, clad in a custom fabric, is placed adjacent to custom banquettes. Verner Panton’s Cone Chair is implemented at smaller tables and is one of the few Eclectic furnishings not designed by Dixon. The attention to detail extends into the bathrooms where, beneath Dixon’s Etch Shade Brass lights, custom copper bathroom sinks appear like oversized chalices.
Eclectic is intended as a brasserie, a restaurant for business meals, as well as a post-work meeting place. The overall impact is sumptuous, sculptural, elegant, warm, and inviting—eclectic, yet beautifully composed.
- Designer: Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio
- Client: Fabienne and Philippe Amzalak
- Where: Paris
- What: 3,200 total square feet on one floor
- Cost/sf: Withheld at client’s request
Key Design Highlights
- The overall design concept is a modern interpretation of a freewheeling French and British 1970s vibe.
- Nearly all interior lighting and furnishings were designed by Tom Dixon in this, his first interior in France.
- Cell Tall Pendant fixtures in etched, polished brass are clustered over the dining room.
- Chairs designed by Dixon in the restaurant include the Pivot Chair, which is new this year, and the Scoop Chair.