The Molitor

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The Molitor is a private sports club in Paris with a luxury hotel, spa, restaurant, and rooftop bar. The interior design by Jean-Philippe Nuel has been conceived as a journey through time, charting the building's history. From post-war pool for fashionable society, to 20 years of closure when it became an internationally famous site for 'street art', the Piscine Molitor has been an emblematic part of Parisian life for a large part of the 20th century. The conversion charts this journey by preserving historic features including the mosaic floors, the ceiling in the restaurant, and the colours of the exterior, and thoughtfully complementing them with modern elements. The restaurant, characterised by the 1930's ceiling, includes large scale photographs by Thomas Jorion showing the graffiti-covered walls before demolition, which become like abstract paintings. Diners enjoy the comfort of Butterfly Bar Stool designed by Autoban and manufactured by De La Espada craftspeople.

Photo credit: Gilles Trillard

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The timber backrest wraps around this elegant upholstered bar stool as the wings of a butterfly.