Following the success of its Parisian counterpart, Frenchie Covent Garden marks the return of head chef Gregory Marchand to the British capital, joining forces with the acclaimed multi-disciplinary decorator Emilie Bonaventure. The collaboration appears to be an ideal partnership, with Emilie’s extensive background on design projects in the gastronomy scene. The interior designer talks to Bazaar Interiors on what ignited her passion for culinary cuisine which has played a focal point in her interior design practice. She says, “My parents were restaurateurs. I developed a taste for gastronomic restaurants since I was three years old. I was nine when my grandfather took us to Marc Veyrat’s Auberge de l’Eridan. The food was unbelievable, so I asked to see the chef. He came to the table and sat with us. This remains one my most beautiful and unforgettable childhood memories.”
Emilie’s foray into the culinary scene continued from designing the interiors of Le Square Trousseau to Rose Bakery Culture in Paris to Frenchie Covent Garden in London. The design concept of Frenchie in the British capital fuses elements from the Parisian venue with Emilie’s signature style. Featuring natural light, white-washed walls and exposed brickwork accented with brass, copper and zinc elements, providing a contemporary and sophisticated décor to the venue. The inspiration for the London branch was a collaborative effort between the designer and Gregory and Marie Marchand, Emilie says,
She adds, "Some elements had to refer to Frenchie Paris, but we wanted it to have its own identity. We wanted it to be more international, spacious and more vibrant.” On what makes the design aesthetic unique to its counterparts, Emilie explains, “We started from scratch. This two-level space gave me the opportunity to design a very theatrical staircase – very French, as a reference to the great stairs of the Opera Garnier in Paris. As its open for lunch and dinner, it had to be gorgeous during the day, adorable during the afternoon and trendy at night.”
Upcoming projects which Emilie will debut this autumn include the renovation of three new Rose Bakery venues in the 9th arrondissement of Paris and Chef Franck Baranger’s restaurant, Belle Maison across the street, which sets to be the next culinary hotspot in the trendy Parisian neighbourhood.
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