Step Inside The Paul Smith Café Vert At Printemps Paris

Now open in the iconic Parisian department store, the new Paul Smith café is inspired by the colours of the instantly recognisable Signature Stripe. Go behind the scenes on the making of the café now.

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As you’d expect from anything Paul turns his hand to, there’s hardly a detail that hasn’t been meticulously considered in designing the space, the starting point of which was Brutalist architecture and mid-century domestic interiors, especially those of Ray Eames and Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi.

Set against a colour palette that references the Paul Smith Signature Stripe, inside you’ll find a selection of custom and vintage furniture that reads like a whistle stop tour of design’s greatest decades: Carlo Ratti Italian dining chairs from the 1950s, Frantisek Jirak for Tatra lounge chairs from the 1960s and Bauman Halfa French chairs from the 1970s. Outside on the terrace, you can also find shade under the custom Signature Stripe parasols which sit alongside artisanal Maison Louis Drucker dining chairs – yes, those iconic Parisian rattan café chairs.

The menu, conceived with Café Vert, is filled with quintessentially British twists on dishes alongside traditionally Parisian fare, patisserie, and drinks. You’ll be able to order up smaller dishes like eggs and soldiers or toast with marmalade as well as dig in to larger meals like ‘Paul’s picnic plate’ (a spin on the French dish assiette anglaise) and a modern take on fish and chips. Or, if you need a pick-me-up while shopping, there’s always the ‘Tea Time’ afternoon tea.

And if you’re after a keepsake of your visit, you’ll also be able to pick up a special selection of trinkets and objets, some available exclusively at the café. If you’re in the neighbourhood, we hope you’ll pop in soon.

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Published: 04.23

Words: Molly Isabella Smith