Olivier and Hélène Lempereur, architect and interior designer respectively, met at Studio Andrée Putman. Their shared dream of offering elegant fittings of the highest quality whilst adhering to their clients’ specifications made them decide to start their own business together.
The couple have also designed the Notify showroom as well as Pierre Marcolini, Dyptique, Pierre Hermé and Barbara Rihl boutiques to boot. And then there are their private commissions. The couple spend their time between Brussels and Paris, with offices in New York and Luxembourg. Always ready to take on a challenge (the latest to date will be the opening of the new Look store in France in October 2011), they know how to make the most of their down time. Their favourite pastimes include perusing art galleries and scoping out exciting new addresses.
Olivier and Hélène share their ideal day in Paris with LUXOS and reveal their favourite local hotspots.
09.00 Breakfast at the Royal Monceau
This new hotel is definitely worth a visit. Go in the morning (or for an evening aperitif) to give yourself enough time to admire every detail of this space, which has been completely refurbished by Philippe Starck.
Royal Monceau: 37 Av. Hoche, 75008 Paris. Tel. +33 (0)1 4299 8800, www.leroyalmonceau.com
10.00 – 12.30: A tour of Paris’ museums and galleries
The couple adore the Rodin museum: “Its spectacular setting and magnificent garden make me feel like I’m in a dream world,” Hélène muses.
An avid collector, Hélène Lempereur has a penchant for fine art. She loves to be inspired, to discover new ideas, scoping out rare gems in the many galleries located on the Left Bank, along the Rue des Beaux Art, Rue de Seine and Rue de Mazarine.
Musée Rodin: 79 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris. Tel. +33 (0)1 4418 6110, www.musee-rodin.fr
Patrick Fourtin Gallery: 9 Rue des Bons Enfants, 75001 Paris. Tel. +33 (0)1 4260 1263, www.galeriefourtin.com
13.00: Lunch time at Dessirier or Frenchie
The couple spent a month refurbishing gourmet restaurant Dessirier, established by famous chef Michel Rostang. Frenchie is a relatively unknown restaurant which has become one of their favourites.
Dessirier: 9 Place du Maréchal Juin, 75017 Paris. Tel. +33 (0)1 4227 8214, www.restaurantdessirier.com
Frenchie: 6 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris. Tel. +33 (0)1 4039 9619, www.frenchie-restaurant.com
14.00: Afternoon shopping
Start at the Atelier Vertumne boutique, a spot of nature in the middle of Paris, the shop resembles a real garden with its custom-made flower displays. Not to be missed are the Dyptique boutiques. The brand’s scented candles have gained iconic status. Olivier and Hélène were responsible for the entire redesign of the store on Rue des Francs Bourgeois, which has become a legendary address. Hélène also recommends Le Bon Marché and a must visit to sample the classic Paris shopping spirit.
Atelier Vertumne: 12 Rue de la Sourdière, 75001 Paris. Tel. +33 (0)1 4286 0676, www.atelier-vertumne.fr
Le Bon Marché: 24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris. Tel. +33 (0)1 4439 8000, www.lebonmarche.com
19.00: Drinks at The Eiffel Tower’s Champagne Bar
The Lempereurs are Parisians through and through and the Eiffel Tower continues to be a source of inspiration for them.
21.00: Dinner at Yam’tcha
This restaurant is a firm preference amongst Parisian foodies. The chef marries French specialities and Asian delicacies to your order. Reservations required.
Yam’tcha: 4 Rue Sauval, 75001 Paris. Tel. +33 (0)1 4026 0807, www.yamtcha.com