Pink Contemporary Lamps Highlight the Louvre’s Café Mollien Redesign
Architecture & Interiors
The Café Mollien, a strategically located dining spot inside the Louvre, has been given a facelift by designer Mathieu Lehanneur, who has also contributed a contemporary bespoke lighting installation that acts as the project’s centerpiece. Linking the Louvre’s Denon wing—which houses the museum’s most famous acquisition, the Mona Lisa—with the Tuileries Gardens, Café Mollien occupies a prime spot in the Louvre complex, and features an L-shaped dining area that resides between two sweeping staircases, and remains visible through massive corinthian columns to visitors in the rotunda below.
Mathieu Lahanneur, who oversaw the entire refurbishment project, has taken full advantage of Café Mollien’s glamorous context, creating a striking feature—comprised of 3 pink acrylic ovals dangling from polished brass stems—which presents a contracting brand of elegance to the interior’s lavish architectural ornamentation. Measuring almost 15 feet in height, and blurring the line between modern lighting and contemporary sculpture, Lehanneur’s creation matches in lightness and simplicity the accompanying furnishings—all-white contemporary chairs with brass-accented white cafe tables—offering a visual counterpoint to the long marble bar on the opposite side.
French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, who has never shied away from the color pink (see here and here) describes his pink-hued bespoke lighting installation for Café Mollien’s as ‘three, large pale-pink eggs; luminous and translucent, floating in space and inhabiting the void that separates us from the ceiling…’