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Les Climats' Project
Situated in one of Paris' most prestigious districts, The "41 rue de Lille" is a classified site for its Art Nouveau architecture. Originally, the “Demoiselles de la Poste” were housed here in the 111 available heated rooms. Meals were served in a dining room opening onto a winter garden (a conservatory). It is in this decor that Les Climats chose to settles.
Working closely with an architect and a decorator, the owners' dream was to restore the splendor of the place as it was when it was built in 1905. La Maison des Dames des Postes, Télégraphes et Téléphone is the only Parisian example of the "Arts and Crafts "movement. It is a mythical spot that simply cried out to be restored. The ceiling vaults have been re-carved and redecorated. Estours marble pilasters, popular in the 1900s but very rare today, have been renovated and polished. The Art Nouveau stained class windows have been repaired.
Denis Jamet and Carole Colin asked Bambi Sloan to design the interior. Her name is already well-known for her transformation of the Saint James Hotel in Paris. No one calls Bamby Sloan "an interior decorator". She is known as "the Storyteller" "the Fantasy Decorator", "Magic Bamby" or best f all, "Crazy Chic Bamby". For Les Climats, she imagined a decor born from the unlikely encounter between the puritan William Morris and the exuberant Sarah Bernhardt.
Les Climats offers 4 different atmospheres:
The bar which overlooks the spectacular red wine day-cellar, serves delicious Crémants de Bourgogne (sparkling wines of Burgundy), Burgundy raised whiskies, and of course Burgundy wines by the glass. The tasting events also take place at the bar.
The bar and restaurant areas are separated by a monumental Estours marble fireplace.
The restaurant offers a warm and intimate atmosphere. Bambi Sloan designed armchairs specifically for the space—red velvet with a long back and leopard armrests. They create a comfortable, cozy experience—a shelter from the noise around. No tablecloths, but instead, beautiful tables painted by hand with Art Nouveau patterns.
The conservatory (Winter garden) is a lovely spot under a glass roof with large bay windows overlooking the garden.
The Secret Garden
As soon as the weather allows it a few number of happy guests can enjoy lunch in the sun, away from the wrath of the city. (open at lunch time only).