Fresh and vibrant interiors created by Paris based design studio.
Located a stone’s throw away from the Arc de Triomphé, Restaurant Caius offers a new sensory experience, where décor and cuisine are in unison. Paris-based Studio MHNA, owned by business partners Marc Hertrich and Nicolas Adnet, state that the culinary inspirations of chef Jean Marc Notelet have guided the Studio in its choice of moods and materials. One could easily imagine the designers carefully matching materials and paints with the spices in the kitchen, it’s a vibrant interior. Bespoke carpets and restyled cement tiles lie in harmony on the floor, delineating the spaces. The seats are lined with various upholsteries in orange and dark purple tones. Pillows accentuate comfort. Sheathed in patinated leather, the tables skilfully add a touch of sophistication. This interior is somewhat typical of the style that Studio MHNA bring to their projects.
The Paris Studio has been imagining, optimising and designing scenarios for over twenty years. Via the medium of interior architecture and design, it offers a certain vision of elegance, a cultured, respectful and approving look at history, but which is also serene and hungry for new technologies, arts and crafts and culture which transcends all barriers. Situated somewhere between a laboratory for ideas, a study on functionality and a piece of momentary poetry, the two artists tell stories from around the world in the hotels, spas and restaurants which they invent.
The reason why Marc is naturally passionate about design is because precision and refinement is a “family affair”. Five generations of cabinet makers have led him to know how to look at, appreciate, compile and choose among the effects of materials, starting with wood varieties, their different colours, their rhythms or the design of a cross-section.
Nicolas acknowledges the multiple influence couture has had on his decorative thinking, starting with the spirit of creation “A piece of clothing is meant to enhance, not to disguise” he says. He applies this principle of simple access to beauty, clearly relevant in the studio’s work, adding a pronounced taste for attention to detail, another by-product of “Couture”. Together, they personalize their accomplishments with the natural richness of the places which they inhabit, being inspired not only by local culture, traces and traditions, but also by the unsurpassable talent contributed by craftspeople, true partners in design.
Restaurant Caïus, 6 rue d’Armaillé – 75017, Paris
Studio MHNA www.studiomhna.com