Bouillon Julien, brasserie. A Historical Monument for its Art Nouveau style.

Posted on March 28, 2020 | | 0 Comments

One of the best preserved examples and an official Historical Monument for its Art Nouveau style.


Bouillon Julien is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Paris. It remains one of the best preserved examples of the Art Nouveau style. Over the years, it was the favoured haunt of many well-known cultural figures. Edith Piaf and her lover, Marcel Cerdan, the champion boxer, would frequently dine at ‘table n. 24’.

In 1906, the French architect Edouard Fournier constructed the building and decorated it with a number of exceptional artisans. To begin with, Armand Segaud created the peacock panels. Moreover, the famed ‘Ecole de Nancy’ woodworker Louis Majorelle crafted the mahogany bar.

Furthermore, Louis Trezel, inspired by the iconography of Alfons Mucha, designed the nymphs in the four painted molten glass panels, each evoking one of the four seasons. What is more, Hippolyte Boulanger devised the floor tile pattern of geraniums and daisies (from his Paris workshop in the neighbourhood).
Concluding, Julien Barbarin, appointed firstly Charles Buffet (the father of renowned painter Bernard Buffet) to install the ceiling with stained glass and then the atelier of Georges Guenne to crafted it.

In 2018, The Guild of Saint Luke along with British designer John Whelan renovated Bouillon Julien to its former glory. During the initial research phase, they made a fascinating discovery. A stratigraphy of Julien’s wall paint confirmed that the original wall colour in 1906 was in fact sea green, not tobacco as it had been for decades. Years of indoor smoking misled the original colour, since no photographic evidence could prove the contrary.

Julien color is in its resplendent sea green. A signature colour of the Art Nouveau movement. The effect is breathtaking. Now, the colours found in the stained glass and decorative panels finally make sense. Finally, the colour scheme truly reflects what the brilliant designers of the age intended.

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