5 style lessons to steal from Café Lapérouse – designed by Dior Maison’s artistic director

The Parisian powerhouse has brought Los Angeles coffee culture to Place de la Concorde

Water color wallpaper above dining table in Café Lapérouse
(Image credit: Café Lapérouse)

With a 250-year-old heritage on the fringe of Paris’ Rive Gauche, the icon Lapérouse has established itself as one of the most fashionable landmarks in the French capital. However, Dior Maison’s artistic director, Cordélia de Castellane, has just designed a new exciting chapter in Lapérouse’s baroque history: Café Lapérouse.

The chic new setting in Paris comes courtesy of Benjamin Patou from the MOMA group. The figures behind Créatures restaurant on the rooftop of the Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann. 

Together, Benjamin worked with Cordélia, to create the Café in the Hôtel de la Marine. It's a match made in French luxury heaven. So, it is no wonder that we’re taking modern home decor ideas from every corner of this ornate hangout.

These are the top 5 design lessons we’re stealing for our interiors. 

1. Overindulge with glass-on-glass 

Large mirror reflecting chandelier in Café Lapérouse

(Image credit: Café Lapérouse)

There is perhaps no easier way to achieve a prestigious ambiance than with glass. This ever-so-simple material is responsible for the most luxurious furnishings, from statement chandeliers to embellished mirrors, as exhibited in Café Lapérouse. 

The mirrors reflect the chandelier’s light to create a beautifully ornate style setting. It radiates glamor but is also a smart space-enhancing trick. 

2. Trust the timeless allure of fringing  

Fringed stool in Café Lapérouse dining room

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Tassels and fringes have been design statements in the most opulent settings since the days Lapérouse entertained the likes of Victor Hugo. It is unsurprising that they have been revisited in the new design.

Stand-out fringed features include the textile stools and the gazebo-style roof that crowns the dining area as a nod to glamorous a time gone by.

3. Showcase multifunctionality with a rattan-room divider  

Rattan-style room divider surrounded by tables and plants in Paris

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Of course, Café Lapérouse has embraced the most practical trend of the season in unrivaled style with a rattan-style room divider. While room dividers have existed for years, the allure of this multi-functional furnishing is even more sought-after today. In a world emerging from the pandemic, your home has seen a shift from convention – turning into a party place to an office – and back again. 

So, in order to zone your space for separate tasks, take a lead from Café Lapérouse and break up your open-plan space with rattan.

4. Layer contrasting textiles 

Pastel pink dining area on terrace of Café Lapérouse with array of pillows

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While Café Lapérouse oozes an ageless elegance, it also channels an ever-so-subtle contemporary aesthetic through its textile choices. 

Here, the cushion coverings combine interior styles with an audacious nostalgic chintz and modern animal prints pairing. This move could be just the reset your modern living room ideas brainstorm needs.

5. Create a focal point with watercolor wallpaper 

Blue and white watercolor wallpaper in Café Lapérouse

(Image credit: Café Lapérouse)

This is the wallpaper idea that brings the ambiance of an international art gallery into your interiors.

Despite never falling out of fashion, watercolor wallpaper is a current favorite amongst designers who praise its ability to bring a sense of movement into a room. Plus, when the pattern is as decorative as the paper exhibited here, it’s somewhat impossible not to fall for its allure. 

Café Lapérouse is located at 2 place de la Concorde 75001 Paris. More information is available via their website. 

Megan Slack

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team.

Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US whilst studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site.

Megan currently lives in London, where she relocated from her hometown in Yorkshire. In her home, she experiments with interior design trends and draws inspiration from the home decor ideas she observes in her everyday work life. Her favorite pieces include her antique typewriter and her expansive collection of houseplants. When she isn’t writing, she is browsing London’s coffee shops and bookstores to add to her ever-growing library, taking over the open shelving in her apartment.