C comme C, the architecture and design bureau of Carole Chuffart and Carole Vermont with headquarters in Paris, designed the atypical interior of the restaurant Jeanne B at the foot of Montmartre. This is the fourth time already that the enterprising Parisian gastronome Frédéric Hubig has commissioned the two designers, most recently in 2010 for Jeanne A.
In transforming a former boutique into a restaurant/food store on Rue Lepic, Carole Chuffart and Carole Vermont took their inspiration from the graphic-geometric patterns of the 1930s. The open space combines a snug and friendly atmosphere with contemporary minimalism, underscoring the special qualities of C comme C in the superlative handling of colours and materials.
Blue and green tones dominate façade and walls, accentuated by furnishings in various textures and nuances of colour. A cunning lighting design enhances the impression of space and is subtly adapted to the different moods of daytime.
Sculptural interventions in the space occur as geometric décor, functioning as shelves and support elements and simultaneously drawing the eye onto the commodities on sale; otherwise there are details inspired by flora and fauna, including birch trunks as room dividers and – no irony intended – a stag trophy.
After the two Jeannes, the two Caroles are embarking on a further project: the remodelling of the Restaurant Astier in the XI Paris arrondissement, yet again for Frédéric Hubig.
The architecture and design bureau C comme C established in Paris combines the talent and complementary skills of two dynamic young women, Carole Chuffart, architect, and Carole Vermont, interior designer/architect. Having first gathered experience in various architecture bureaus and design studios in Berlin, Brussels and Paris, the “two Caroles” notched up their first joint successes in 2005 before officially founding C comme C in 2007.
Carole Chuffart and Carole Vermont, always in harmony with the genus loci, transcend established visual and designing habits in their aspirations to open up a location to new horizons, to optimise its atmosphere, to give it its specific “sound”. This is frequently achieved through the use of new materials, also objects that might have originated in industrial design as well as traditional handcrafted techniques. Until now, C comme C have produced around fifty projects in France (in Paris and the regions of Bourges, Chateauroux, Lyon) and on the international stage (Marrakesh, Marbella, Lisbon, Luxembourg).
Their range in design and architecture is enormously diverse, meanwhile their expertise is just as effectively invested in refurbishing and remodelling commissions, including the new conception of offices, business premises and restaurants, also reconstructions of detached houses and other residential properties.
Designer: C comme C [Carole Chuffart and Carole Vermont]