Lizée-Hugot used leather and steel to channel the 1970s in a Parisian restaurant

Materials typical of a classic Parisian pub, such as wood, marble and lacquered ceilings, are paired with tubular steel furniture reminiscent of the 1970s at the Abstinence restaurant.


Invited Abstinence, the restaurant is the first project completed by a Parisian studio Lizée-Hugot, founded earlier this year by Stéphanie Lizée and Raphael Hugot after several years of working together in different studios.

Traditional wood paneling runs along the perimeter of the restaurant

The studio was asked to create a classic Parisian pub on the Riva Gauche near the École Militaire with the “spirit of a wine cellar”, an “elegant dining counter” and an open kitchen wrapped in a large central dining bar.

In response, Lizée-Hugot envisioned the interior as a “new look at classic style” to create an “elegant and intimate space”.

Lizée-Hugot wood paneling with a leather stand and spherical lights inside the restaurant
The cabins allow seating for four people

The interior integrates materials and features typical of a pub, such as lacquered ceiling, wood paneling, leather and marble.

They are mixed with materials, colors, and shapes associated with the 1970s, such as maple with a bird’s eye, olive and tan leather, and steel tubular furniture.

Tubular steel and green leather chairs inside the Abstinence restaurant
Green leather stripes over chairs and benches

“We looked again at classic materials – wood, marble and lacquered ceiling – comparing them to more modern materials like stainless steel,” the studio told Dezeen.

“And we mixed interior design with modern furniture, always looking for balance.”

The result is an attractive interior with a cinematic ambiance reminiscent of the 1970s.

With 55 seats inside and 30 on the terrace, all the furniture in the restaurant was designed by Lizée-Hugot and made especially for the restaurant.

The furniture includes high chairs and stools with cognac leather seats on tubular steel frames, a large sculptural bar carved from hair made of Sarrancolin marble and shiny stainless steel, and tables with enameled lava stone tops.

Wood paneling with green leather bench and stool Abstinence
Spherical lights are mounted on the walls

Other restaurants that channel the interior of the 1970s include this pizza restaurant in Montreal, where Ménard Dworkind used green ceilings and white pine wall panels to create a sense of the interior of a 1970s New York restaurant.

It’s a photo Francis Amiand.

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