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CUP – Cuisine Urbaine Parisienne

Just opened in June 2016, CUP is the air of Paris. That of the markets, Les Halles, a space of exchange, discovery and melting pot. Marc Hertrich and Nicolas Adnet, co-founders of Parisian interior design firm Studio MHNA, are the creative minds behind CUP – Cuisine Urbaine Parisienne, a bright and attractive eatery – CUP restaurant. Located in the public area of Orly International Airport’s South terminal.

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CUP – Cuisine Urbaine Parisienne is located on the 1st floor of the terminal, in the public zone of the airport, therefore accessible to both those about to board a flight and those without a ticket. For this new restaurant, Studio MHNA created a warm and inviting interior inspired directly by the city of Paris, by mixing the iconic structures of the Pavilion Baltard with the energy of Parisian street art by graffiti artist DA CRUZ. The design makes the most of the 7 meter high ceilings of the historical terminal, inaugurated in 1961.

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As long standing friends of CUP’s head chef and creator of its concept, Gilles Choukroun, the services of Studio MHNA’s founders – Marc Hertrich and Nicolas Adnet – were called upon to realise the restaurant’s décor as he envisioned it.

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The objective? To create a lively space full of personality and good humour, whilst remaining resolutely urban and Parisian and celebrating the values of eating and living well.

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The intention behind the design was to ensure that customers would immediately understand that the restaurant has a large and varied offering, which is both healthy and of a high quality. They wanted the space to appear attractive from the outset, and so created an entrance that invites people to come in and sit down. Inside, they arranged the space so that it would be accommodating to all kinds of clientele: those in groups, travelling alone, in a couple or as a family.

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Studio MHNA:

CUP is the air of Paris. That of the markets, Les Halles, a space of exchange, discovery and melting pot. Inspired by the iconic architecture of typical Parisian places, it evokes this multicultural spirit, elegant and charming of the City of Light …. without forgetting its gastronomy which, under the leadership of chef Gilles Choukroun transcends all boundaries while assuming its side of traditional brasserie.

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‘We wanted to create an ambience that was at once attractive, innovative, with a strong personality that engages and has a wide appeal at the same time…’

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The concept was to evoke a space that inspires exchange and discovery, a lively, interactive public setting such as that of a market. The designers kept in mind the spirit of the open air food markets found in Paris that sell brightly colored quality produce brought in from the the nearby countryside, as well as fragrant spices and other merchandise that spark curiosity and create a sensation of surprise.

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CUP is a large and welcoming open space, very clear in its distribution and its operation which encourages fluid movement and intermingling, to the point that it could almost be considered noisy, but overall is simply full of life.

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A variety of different architectural and decorative languages are at play: urban, industrial structure, mixing of materials – glass, metal, concrete, wooden panels, slate boards, leather benches – nods to the city of Paris via street art murals, an oversized clock, and exposed brick walls.

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Project Data:

Project name: CUP Cuisine Urbaine Parisienne
Location: Paris Orly Airport,  Terminal Sud, 94390 Orly, France
Coordinates: 48.727981, 2.368966
Type: Lounge / Bar / Restaurant / Night Clubs
Project Area: approx 350 sqm
Status: Completed
Completion Year: June 2016
Visit CUP Cuisine Urbaine Parisienne’s website: here

The people:

Client / Owner / Developer: Be Gourmet
Interior Designer: Studio MHNA – 5 Passage Piver, 75011 Paris, France
Text Description: © Courtesy of Studio MHNA, CUP Cuisine Urbaine Parisienne, Gilles Choukroun
Images: © Studio MHNA, CUP Cuisine Urbaine Parisienne, Francis Amiand

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