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A Rooftop Restaurant Gets A Bond-Worthy Facelift

Come for the views of Paris. Stay for the views of the restaurant itself.

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French design heartthrob Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance has transformed a tacky Paris tourist destination into an insurpassingly swank sky restaurant–a 4,300-square-foot expanse of amorphous ceiling mirrors, custom-made Artemide lights, and liquidy, leather-lined chairs, all from a perch 56 stories above the City of Light. It’s the sort of place where you might find James Bond raising an eyebrow over a vesper martini, which is, of course, exactly what a sky restaurant should look like.

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It’s also a far cry from the restaurant’s old look. There in the upper reaches of the Montparnasse Tower (the second tallest skyscraper in Paris), the Ciel de Paris was a ghastly den of shiny plastic chairs and mottled red-and-black carpeting that appeared as though people had been ashing cigarettes all over it since 1981. You went for the views of Paris and little else. Now after Duchaufour-Lawrance’s facelift, the restaurant’s management hopes tourists and locals alike will come for the views of Paris and stay for the views of the restaurant itself.

[Images courtesy of Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance]

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Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

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