As the French capital’s most iconic thoroughfare, the Champs-Élysées comes with grand Haussmannian-style architecture, prestigious offices, and flagship stores of a handful of global brands, but it isn’t exactly the first place that comes to mind when planning a cozy dinner for two. Well, that was yesterday. The Maison du Danemark, a prestigious cultural outpost of the Scandinavian country since the 1950s, has been fully revamped by acclaimed Copenhagen-based design studio Gamfratesi, including the venue’s dining establishments Flora Danica and Copenhague. The latter is situated on the second floor and a tad more formal, while Flora Danica is more accessible in more ways than one, and actually our fave. Situated on the ground floor, it comes with a sunny terrace smack on the Champs-Élysées. Given the cultural stature of the premises, the interior obviously needed to reflect Denmark’s renowned design sensitivity, featuring a palette of colours and materials that oozes an understated chic innate to Nordic design.
A focal point of the design is an expansive bar, captured by luxurious green marble, and a zigzag marbe flooring to match. And as with all good design, attention is in the detail, and the designers took on board a number of brands that complement the overall aesthetic. Danish design brand Gubi manufactured a special series of furniture pieces, mixed and matched with designs by other brands from the homeland, such as Royal Copenhagen, Carl Hansen & Søn and Louis Poulsen. The setting is interspersed with lush green plants that evoke a subtle sense of the Scandinavian outdoors. Flora Danica is conceptualized as an informal brasserie, and headed by chef Guillaume Leray. The menu lists a wide variety of light contemporary Danish dishes, all masterfully tweaked with a slight French twist.
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