Alexis Mabille has had a busy summer. The French fashion designer was given a month and a half to transform Café Guitry, the bar-restaurant housed at the Edouard VII theater in Paris’ 9th arrondissement.
“I was here every day,” laughs Mabille, who is still tweaking light dimmers and furniture arrangements before the restaurant’s opening to the public on Sept. 25. “It was crazy.”
Bought by Moma Group in March 2018, the former Café Guitry, named after prolific French playwright Sacha Guitry, has been turned into Froufou, a cozy and richly decorated restaurant, complete with a speakeasy bar in its basement.
Mabille took inspiration from architect Carlo Mollino’s family home, a mishmash of fabrics and prints crossing styles and eras, to dream up the décor of the restaurant.
The designer amped up the existing details: He added mirrors to the doors surrounding the windowless room, embellished the central chandelier by adding six kilos of crystal, and rummaged through the theater’s attic, where he found the original wall lamps, dating back to the place’s creation at the beginning of the 20th century.
Modern touches come in the form of chiseled neon lamps at the back of the dining area and electric-blue dining tables, on which