'Le Sergent Recruteur' Restaurant By Jaime Hayon in Saint-Louis, Paris, France

published in: Restaurants/Bars By Tina Komninou, 01 November 2012

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Jaime Hayon has designed a new 'baby' in Saint-Louis which tastes and looks great. The new restaurant Le Sergent Recruteur which lives by the motto ‘live, eat and rest’ has just opened its Hayon doors in the heart of Paris - 41, rue Saint-Louis en l’Ile / 75004- with the talented chef Antonin Bonnet at the helm in the kitchen. 

The restaurant is all about simplicity, harmony, warmness and eloquent uniqueness. Looking at the overall atmosphere, intimacy and comfort abound. This is a space that you can imagine savouring great tastes with your friends lounging in style, cheeks flushed from drinking red wine. There is a controlled balance between style and comfort, which makes Le Sergent Recruteur approachable in many ways and for many moods.

photo © Klunderbie

photo © Klunderbie

photo © Klunderbie

photo © Klunderbie

Upon entering, you notice the bar inviting you to dine, sit and socialise. Everything about this structure is very much Hayon. The detailing in the curves, lights, gold - he is everywhere. Of course the most dominant feature is the presence of the green upholstery which continues throughout the spaces giving a great sense of elegance. In the main restaurant, which you enter from the bar through the glass honeycomb panels, the sense of continuity is very much apparent. The seat and light procession is quite distinguished hence making the linearity of the design that much more interesting. The presence of the panelled mirrors on one side creates a beautifully clean cut and fresh design enlarging the interior and inviting you to walk down the corridor. In fact, the presence of the colour of jealousy ‘green’ in repetition only serves to further add to the simplistic character of the restaurant.

photo © Klunderbie

photo © Klunderbie

photo © Klunderbie

Moving downstairs to the private dining room, there is a different more pure feeling in the design. The illuminated wooden stair joining is impressive and impressively detailed. The basement has a completely different approach to the upstairs dining space. Here it is all about Scandinavian wood combined with Venetian mirrors and exposed hung prosciutto.  Private dining here is an experience which is very private indeed. The chandelier, also a Hayon signature piece, is the only feature that one can say is reminiscent of the restaurant. Although the same shapes apply the language is completely different.

Le Sergent Recruteur has that Paris feeling of style and amour. You visit, you stay, you fall in love.

photo © Klunderbie

photo © Klunderbie

photo © Klunderbie

photo © Le Sergent Recruteur

photo © Klunderbie

photo © Le Sergent Recruteur

The LOGO of Le Sergent Recruteur restaurant

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Le Sergent Recruteur - 41, rue Saint-Louis en l’Ile - 75004 Paris

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About Jaime Hayón

Jaime Hayón Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon was born in Madrid in 1974. As a teenager, he submerged himself in skateboard culture and graffiti art, the foundation of the detailed, bold-yet-whimsical imagery so imminent in his work today. After studying industrial design in Madrid and Paris he joined Fabrica in 1997, the Benetton-funded design and communication academy, working closely with the legendary image-maker and agitator Oliverio Toscani. In a short time he was promoted from student to head of their Design Department, where he oversaw projects ranging from shop, restaurant and exhibition conception and design to graphics. Eight years later, Jaime broke out on his own, first with collections of designer toys, ceramics and furniture, followed by interior design and installation. His singular vision was first fully exposed in ‘Mediterranean Digital Baroque’ at London’s David Gill Gallery, an exciting mise en scène, largely executed in ceramic, followed by ‘Mon Cirque’, which traveled to Frankfurt, Barcelona, Paris and Kuala Lumpur. These collections put Jaime at the forefront a new wave of creators that blurred the lines between art, decoration and design and a renaissance in finely-crafted, intricate objects within the context of contemporary design culture.

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