La cantine de la Ménagerie de Verre, Paris
The Ménagerie de Verre and Marie-Thérèse Allier and one and the same, a place and a spirit are linked together here.
When Marie-Thérèse Allier asked me to give some thought to a reception area for the Ménagerie de Verre, I tried to retain its breathing, its evanescence, the reason why one likes it, it is an ethereal space where time has no hold and this is why my intervention is discreet, as we are sometimes invited by scenography.
It is therefore a place to relax, to wait, to take refreshment before or after a show, when a company is working and is in residence. The place asked for serenity whence my choice of birch plywood, a very smooth and discreet material that I like very much.
Around a cellular structure in wood, islands of tables, low armchairs and pouffes are arranged, in this way offering two types of comfort.
The armchair and the table take inspiration from the trestle, one of the most basic languages, elementary in furniture. It becomes a device that can be removed at any time to free up the spaces.
The structure enables the area to be freed for specific projects and to store all the furniture elements.
In this way, the armchair is composed of a trestle and a shell.
The table is also made up of two trestles, the table top is a combination of the cut pieces of trestle, there is no wood lost in the design.
The table offers an unusual height closer to the ground. This height in fact creates conviviality.
In this way, the Ménagerie de Verre continues its laboratory role by being the originator of the projects.