if you open up an establishment directly opposite one of the most iconic landmarks of the french capital, you obviously call it l'arc paris. we're thinking lenny's place would have been a good option too, as this swanky club has the name kravitz written all over it. a place with quite a name in paris' happening clubbing scene of the 1980s, it was snapped up by hospitality entrepreneur benjamin patou. the frenchman turned the building inside out and renovated the interior with the help of kravitz design, the american rockstar's side job of sorts and his first big break in the field of design this side of the big pond.
the club actually shares the prestigious location with victoria 1836, an equally buzzing place which we talked about in a previous post. kravitz and his team took cues from the existing interior, and in fact retained several elements. a bar in white marble was the actual departure point, and this noble material has been excessively applied throughout the club, as flooring, ceiling decoration, numerous custom-made tables, and even extending to the outdoor terrace with retractable roof. the aim was to revive some of the excessive glam and luxe of the 1980s and spice it up with contemporary touches. major renderings include a cocktail bar near the entrance and a separate space for those who need a nicotine fix.
the most discerning of party people are able to take refuge in elevated v.i.p. sections that provide the best in-house views. needless to say, it's all dripping in ostentation, but in a very structured way. it doesn't require a trained eye to see how meticulously conceptualized the decor is. l'arc paris is designed with the professional hedonist in mind, hence it's backed by a team that's ready to please even the most jaded of party people. in charge of the club's artistic direction is cyril peret paglinghi, a longtime fixture in the global party scene, while benjamin artis is in charge of daily operations, and charming the socks off the many high-maintenance v.i.p.'s for whom the club is a preferred sanctuary. location: 12 rue de presbourg [chaillot].