Starbucks, Boulevard des Capucines, Paris; truly a masterpiece in terms of design
by Fitzroy of London
Perfectly located near the beautiful Opéra Garnier in the center of Paris, the Boulevard des Capucines Starbucks is housed in a structure that dates back to the 17th century.
First opened in 2006, the designers of this recently refurbished Starbucks ensured that the rich history of the building was retained. This includes fully restoring the ornate and intricate 19th-century ceiling murals and motifs to their original state and revealing their true colors and historical elegance.
It is interesting to note the detail to which the interior finishes are matching, from the balustrade to the lighting, the table to the ceiling motifs an excellent coherence in the relevant finishes has been achieved. This level of detail certainly sets apart the good from the great in terms of design - it is difficult when working with a broad spectrum of manufacturers from all areas of the world to find finishes that match. However, in seeking out the finish process the manufacturer's use and the area of the globe the products are finished, it can help give clarity as to how best to achieve the nearest match to the finish required.
In being able to maintain the cultural and traditional values of any building, be it through the use of bespoke finishes or preservation of existing features, we can be sure that we are truly delivering a design that will compliment both the building and its environs - we will achieve a design that will be respected for the years to come.
I would like to congratulate all those involved in the design of this store from the interior design teams to those from Starbucks for arriving such a a design, truly a masterpiece.