30 January 2015
In the most romantic and chic city in the world, inside of the magnificent Louvre museum, there is a café that pays tribute to the French capital’s magical atmosphere. It is located on the first floor of the Denon wing, above the XIX century French Artists’ galleries, where the Orazi and Curiazi by Jacques-Louis David, and La Libertà che guida il popolo by Eugène Delacroix, are located. Cafè Mollien is the perfect place to have lunch or dinner while visiting the museum. The indoor dining room has decorated ceilings, and a terrace that looks out to Cour Napoleon and le Jardin du Carousel. The café’s interior and exterior parts were designed by famous French artist, Mathieu Lehanneur. The elegant spaces and architectural details are the highlight of Mollien, as the simple white furnishings and small changes to the interior fall into the background. The fulcrum of the project are the three chandeliers, 4.5 meters each, that run along the staircase leading to the café. Mathieu Lehanneur describes them as, “three, large pale-pink eggs; luminous and translucent, floating in space and inhabiting the void that separates us from the ceiling, and act as a signal in the Parisian perspective”.