A former stamp shop in Paris has been transformed into contemporary brasserie Margherita by interior designer Laura Gonzalez
Margherita has seen an amazing transformation thanks to the work of the interior designer and the restaurant’s owner Thierry Bourdoncle. Covering three floors, the 900 sq-m of space exudes a cosy and friendly atmosphere thanks to a range of interesting design features. Tableware has been selected from garage sales and Ebay and furniture has been created especially for the modern-day trattoria, resulting in cosmopolitan yet homely environment.
The ground floor opens onto a large wooden bar with a selection of dining tables, while on the lower level the dining hall is flanked by a pizza bar with a view out to the terrace in the Cour du Commerce. On the first floor, a second cocktail bar and pizza counter have been installed to create a cosy space surrounded by wood. Up another flight of stairs a living area has been designed with young parents in mind. An industrial coffee table and club armchairs sit next to velvet sofas and an adjoining dining room which includes a games area and a blackboard. Brick and plaster walls have been decorated by framed children’s drawings and a collection of super hero figurines can be seen lined up in a row too.
The designer has also created two retreat areas on the ground floor and the first floor: a wooden alcove with a large marble table and a private dining room in Little Italy style. Details such as an olive oil library, 18th-century bricks and a misch masch of antique and bespoke furniture gives the entire restaurant a certain continuity while allowing each area to have its own distinct flavour.