Paris' most colourful cafe: Colorova

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Hello! It's been a little while since I've blogged, as there have been a few changes in my life recently, but more about that later….

My first post of the year is about the beautifully colourful cafe and patisserie, Colorova that was published on Apartment Therapy last week!

The first thing you see as you step off the street and walk in Colorova, located just south of Saint Germain, is the black, white and red diamond wallpaper on the adjacent wall. As the name suggests, this place is all about colour, from the rainbow-coloured crocheted chairs to the colourful pastries and cakes that are so artful, they look almost too good to eat.

Paris is known for its beauty, but not necessarily for colour; this unique space created by French chef, Guillaume Gil, places design, and especially colour (hence the name) on the same level of importance as the food served. Gil wanted to create a space where he felt at home, after all, he comes her every day. He says: "The colours are very important to me; I wanted to have a business that didn't look like any other. Typical tea salon in Paris is decorated with cold colours that are very similar to the tea salons that you might find in Austria, for example. I wanted something eye-poppingly colourful and young. If I go into a tea salon as a client I want to feel a part of the space, and that's what I've tried to do here."

He shopped around for inspiration, visiting various stores, showrooms and numerous second hand markets, which, luckily Paris is famous for. He finally settled on colourful crocheted chairs from a store in Paris, windows he found while on holiday in Thailand and vibrant seats made from Tunisian markets. The interior is completed by unique display counters - which Gil had specially designed by a cabinet-maker - that beautifully exhibit the artisanal cakes. 

There are are also books and magazines dotted about on the shelves, reading lamps that add an intimate and more personal touch, artworks, and even the addition of a cool mint SMEG fridge. The result is a space where you feel instantly at home and so cosy that you'll want to move in! 

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