If you want a brief but impressive immersion into the world of Danish design next time you are in Paris, make your way to La Maison du Danemark on Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Founded in 1955, the cultural institute’s mission is to promote arts and culture from Denmark. And it is where you’ll find Flora Danica, a contemporary brasserie designed by Danish-Italian design duo GamFratesi.
The restaurant was completely revamped, and it is now fresh and bright, with lots of natural light. The elegant interior has rich textures, tones of green, traditional Flora Danica (what inspired the name) drawings on the walls and many plants, evoking a strong connection with nature. Natural materials warm up the look; wooden cabinets and wall panels, and the woven cane, tan leather and straw seats on some of the furniture.
You’ll see a great mix of contemporary and classic design, too: Furniture and homewares by several Danish brands and designers such as Louis Poulsen, Frama, Royal Copenhagen, Lightyears, Carl Hansen, and Brdr. Petersens, as well as GamFratesi’s latest work for Gubi.
Flora Danica, beyond being a stylish and sophisticated establishment, is also a great place to sample Danish flavors, such as herring and ‘smørrebrød’. I very much look forward to visiting next time I am in Paris!
Flora Danica / Maison du Danemark
142 Avenue des Champs-Élysées
Tél.: 01 56 59 17 40
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Photos: Heidi Lerkenfeldt for GamFratesi
Note: This article was first shared in 2017. Since then, it was significantly updated and republished.