La Cantine de la Ménagerie de Verre
by Matali Crasset



French designer Matali Crasset has completed the reception area and canteen of arts venue Ménagerie de Verre in Paris, France.


Crasset designed solid-birch tables and chairs for the space as well as low, upholstered seating.


Inspired by the trestle, each table and chair consists of a folding structure supporting a shell.


All furniture can be removed to allocated storage areas, freeing up space for events.


The table top is constructed from the timber offcuts produced during the manufacture of its legs. Above photo by Jérôme Spriet.


The trestle table and chair are to be produced by new French furniture brand Moustache, launched in Milan last month - see our previous story.


Photos by Patrick Gries except where stated otherwise.

Further information from Matali Crasset:


Matali Crasset for La Ménagerie de Verre (the Glass Menagerie)
The Ménagerie de Verre and Marie-Thérèse Allier are 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 hence 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.  2-la-cantine-de-la-2-menagerie-de-verre-by-matali-crasset-img_3435.jpg

These furniture elements designed for the Ménagerie de Verre will be produced by the new company Moustache, set up by Stéphane Arriubergé and Massimiliano Iorio. In this way, the Ménagerie de Verre continues its laboratory role by being the originator of the projects. Above photo by Jérôme Spriet.


About the Ménagerie de Verre kitchen

The Ménagerie de Verre has entrusted the ovens of its new cafeteria to Alexandre Elkouby, a fine cook and moreover a plastic artist.


Inspired by flavours  from all over the world and by his Alsace and Moroccan grandmothers, Alexandre Elkouby proposes light, innovative cooking using fresh products as they arrive on the market. Above photo by Jérôme Spriet.


Vegetable soups, savoury tarts, mixed salads, dishes of the day are fish on Tuesday and Wednesday, meat on Thursday, Friday and Monday, and home-made desserts. Above photo by Jérôme Spriet.


Something to delight the taste buds and the eyes, since Alexandre Elkouby adds his touch, his instinct for the image to make up an artistic plate. An address to be noted.


Starting in May, similarly to the Monkey Town in Brooklyn, Alexandre Elkouby will organise a pre-dinner drink around an invited film or video director to a showing of a film and a tasting session for cafeteria wines and dishes on Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Above photo by Jérôme Spriet.


More Dezeen stories about Matali Crasset:



Living Wood


In Vino Veritas




A Rebours


8ème Ciel


Children's furniture

Posted on Wednesday May 27th 2009 at 4:13 pm by Brad Turner. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Xit

    More psychiatric hospital style from Matali

  • Prof. Z

    great work…. mixed salads furniture!!!

  • Suzan

    cannot wait to eat there…