Studio Janréji, in collaboration with Lemoal & Lemoal, breathes new life into the Moulin de la Galette . Paris’ historic windmill restaurant on the heights of Montmartre.
With his signature technique of juxtaposing and overlapping contrasting eras and styles, interior designer and founder of Studio Janréji, Régis Conseil, revives The Moulin de la Galette using contemporary design codes to respect but not erase not the restaurants’ colourful past.
Immortalised by artists such as Renoir (Bal du Moulin de la Galette), Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh and Picasso, The Moulin de la Galette restaurant had long since fallen victim to tourism, offering a kitsch reflection of Paris in a bygone era. Rightfully re-positioning The Moulin de la Galette as top-end address with a unique identity steeped in history, the refurbishments under the art direction of Studio Janréji involved a 360° make-over of the restaurant.
The brutal modernism of the restaurants’ newly exposed raw concrete ceiling, left in its simplicity, engage with the refined decorative wooden panelling of the walls; the lower wall in rich dark wood and the upper wall, a delicate shade of ivy. The conflicting materials overlap, contrast, yet complete. Creating harmony and giving overall direction to the interior of the restaurant. The generous yet sober lines of the soft velvet seating, in royal blue and taupe, culminate the blend of styles and materials.
The metallic Mondian-esque structure of the bar is crowned by the apparent interior wooden structure of the original industrial mill. The bold juxtaposition, rich in promise, invites the evening to roll merrily into the small hours.
The table frequented by actress-singer Dalida has been conserved, with a brass name-plate in her honour. Keeping its original place in the restaurant and above all bearing witness to The Moulin de la Galette’s extraordinary past.
Project undertaken in association with architects Lemoal and Lemoal.
Design: Studio Janréji // Lemoal & Lemoal
Photography: Julie Ansiau / Callejas Sevilla
About Studio Janréji
Thanks to a love for the decorative arts and design, Régis Conseil, interior designer and founder of Studio Janréji, has established a unique and bold identity distinguished by a combination of different eras, styles and materials. Each project is given its own distinct personality through close attention to detail, the designer’s first-hand knowledge of furniture design and bespoke art installations. With this creative sensibility in place, Studio Janréji’s restaurants, bars and retail design is characterised by its warmth and originality.
Régis trained in cabinetmaking at the prestigious Ecole Boulle, then in design at the Arts Décoratifs de Paris. Beginning his career in retail design at Jean Paul Gaultier, before making the natural move into bar and restaurant design.
Established in 2011, Studio Janréji works on a diverse portfolio of projects, distinguished by their creative and functional designs. Mixing contemporary technical innovation with an ongoing love of traditional craftsmanship, Studio Janréji has forged close working relationships with a skilled network of artisans and partners.