__ ART ET FLORITUDE Un Dimanche à Paris

The Paris-based agency Dragon Rouge challenged us on the basis of a hand sketch: to create a lighting sculpture in the staircase of the ‘Un dimanche a Paris’ restaurant in Dubai. The famous Parisian chocolatier wished to form a strong bond between the concept store dedicated to the art of chocolate, knonw for its dark chocolate ceiling animated by white cacao leaves.

While keeping to the design brief, the cacao leaf and the shiny white, Art et Floritude have imagined this monumental fixture like a maelstrom of leaves falling down from the first floor of the restaurant to the ground floor entrance of the boutique. The bottom leaves are in line of sight when entering the premises and invite customers to look up and to discover the first floor restaurant. This 6 meters tall lighting spirale was designed and manufactured in Art et Floritude’s atelier based in the Loiret Region, and split into several modules to facilitate the travel to Dubai. The installation was completed on site by Art et Floritude’s team.

Another technical challenge lied in the concealment of tiny LEDs behind the cacao leaves that sparkle in a similar way to the Eiffel tower and bring the guests for ever closer to Paris. The cacao leaves that fall away from the main chandelier occupy the entire space, floating mid-air thanks to invisible cables. The poetry in this work is the natural outcome of the exchange between passionate artisans.