Philippe Starck has just redesigned his own rooftop restaurant, Kong, incorporating a mural by his daughter Ara, who is an artist. The renovation follows Starck's Ma Cocotte, the first sophisticated bistro at the Clignancourt-Saint Ouen flea market, and a delirious explosion of Asian kitsch at Miss K?.
India Mahdavi has just completed the makeover of the venerable Café Français at the Bastille; architects Bruno Borrione and Caroline Lory—after three-star chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s Paris outpost La Dame de Pic—have elegantly gentrified the lovely Chalet des Iles on its lake island in the Bois de Boulogne; and Joseph Dirand has turned an empty corner of the contemporary art chaos at the Palais de Tokyo into an oasis of calm.
For sweet things, chocolatier Patrick Roger’s new boutique and workshop by Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières of X-TU Architects opens an intriguing street window on Roger’s witty and sometimes monumental chocolate sculptures—and X-TU Architects's own office is pretty sweet, too.
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