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Paris’s Nolinski restaurant harnesses a golden 1970s style

Diners are immersed in gold hues at Paris’s Nolinski, a 1930s restaurant with an art deco meets 1970s look.

British designer John Whelan has created the interior, which intends to create a sense of warmth while honouring the building’s art deco heritage.

The fine-dining Paris restaurant lies close to the Louvre art gallery in the first arrondissement of Paris. It takes cues from historic brasseries and features brass elements, mirrored panelling, parquet and a curved pine drinks bar.

Rounded edges, a rich material palette and a minimal colour scheme are inspired by art deco design of the 1930s while its use of caramel hues and velvet corduroy upholstery recall stylings from the 1970s.

Nolinski restaurant fuses art deco and 70s styles
Photography: Victor Stonem

Banquettes and cane dining chairs are arranged around yellow Siena marble tables. Meanwhile, a central pillar clad in strips of mirrored glass and topped with a gold-hued plaster sunburst forms its focal point and a Japanese-style fresco depicting clouds and mountains features on its walls.

The restaurant’s atmosphere has a cinematic quality created in part through low lighting, layered monochromatic scheme and weathered and trompe l’oeil paint effects that include faux marble panelling.

Set within a five-star hotel of the same name, Nolinski offers contemporary Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, and its menu highlights include burrata cauliflower with pesto and a poultry kebab and crispy ravioli dish.

16 Avenue de l’Opéra, 75001 Paris, France

Nolinski restaurant fuses art deco and 70s styles
Photography: Victor Stonem
Nolinski restaurant fuses art deco and 70s styles
Photography: Victor Stonem
Nolinski restaurant fuses art deco and 70s styles
Photography: Victor Stonem

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