Warm Industrial Styling at a Paris Restaurant by Tash South

When I visited Paris last month, I stumbled upon The Place To… along my way to the Arc De Triomphe. I thought the name was a bit odd, but I can kind of see where they’re going with it – they provide a relaxed industrial space for you to meet friends, enjoy delicious food or enjoy a celebration – fill in the blank - it’s up to you.

Situated on Wagram Street, the cosy restaurant also has outside seating where you can watch the ever-stylish Parisians go by – which is exactly what I did!

Outside seating with burlap cushions

I ordered the deliciously fresh Asian basket salad of crunchy vegetables, tuna sesame sashimi, peanuts, lime sauce, honey and fried onions - in my best French (which is very, very bad!)

Food out of the way, I started to explore the interior. I’ve always appreciated Industrial style for its’ stripped back architecture and humble materials. There is a lack of pretension in the pure practicality of the raw materials and salvaged objects.

The under-lit rustic bar with worn leather bar stools

Industrial pieces are usually minimal and no-nonsense. When I’m designing an industrial space, I like to mix new with old or reclaimed pieces. Search charity shops, flea markets and antiques markets for unique and affordable items. And if you happen to be passing a skip, have a quick peek inside, you never know what you might find! Upcycling is usually key for this style, so look for items that can reused or re-purposed. It’s a look that can be affordably achieved.

These three fabulous reclaimed timezone clocks create an eye-catching focal point in the restaurant.

An old bicycle is used to add interest to the plain railings.

A colourful mural painted directly onto the bare brickwork is very effective.

Industrial steel and wood chairs provide robust seating and clean lines. The flooring is kept very basic.

Factory-style pendants provide lighting on the terrace.

Want to get the Warm Industrial look in your home?

Here are some style tips:

Start with space planning: originally, industrial spaces were huge warehouses or factories, so it make sense to start with an open-plan layout that feels spacious.

Architecture: It's all about having the bones of the building on show, leave beams uncovered, brickwork and railings exposed and window frames visible.

Flooring: Poured concrete is usually the industrial flooring of choice, but I think large format tiles or worn wooden floorboards work really well too.

Lighting: It's easy to nail industrial lighting these days, if you can find authentic reclaimed pendants and lamps, that's awesome, but there are so many great reproductions available as well. Think bare or black painted metal and an exposed light source for pendants and extendable and adjustable arms for wall fixtures.

Palette and Materials: It's all about metal! Choose steel and iron and avoid a finish that is too shiny, aim for matt finishes with some patina. Keep your colour palette natural overall - think metals, rust, natural stone and wood. A punch of bright colour can be added with furnishings or artwork, or both. Never forget texture - add elements of well-worn, rustic wood and raw concrete - texture is very important in this style to break up a palette that can become too monocromatic.

Furnishings and Styling: As much as I love the practical style industrial offers, it can often seem quite harsh and cold, so I'm a massive fan of 'warm industrial' styling.
I usually start with the industrial basics above, and then layer with a lush velvet sofa, sheepskins and hides, natural rugs and plants.

Have you done industrial in your home? Please share!  I'd love to see it.


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The Unveiling of the Zaha Hadid Homeware Collection 2016 in Paris by Tash South

Last week I was invited to view the unveiling of the new Zaha Hadid collection at Maison&Objet in Paris. Now, Paris is one of my favourite cities and I found Dame Zaha Hadid a totally inspirational woman, so before I knew it I was on the Eurostar headed for Gare du Nord.

Dame Zaha Hadid was an Iraqi-born British architect and she was the only female architect to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. Hadid was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 and she was awarded the 2016 Royal Gold Medal, given in recognition of a lifetime’s work.

Hadid was a creator of highly expressive, sweeping fluid forms that evoke the chaos of modern life. Her acclaimed work and ground-breaking forms include the aquatic center for the London 2012 Olympics, the Broad Art Museum in the U.S., and the Guangzhou Opera House in China. She also undertook some high-profile interior work.

Dame Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid at Maison&Objet

The Collection 2016

Hadid began developing Collection 2016 earlier this year, before her unexpected death. The collection is made up of scented candles, tableware and vases all created in her signature style and inspired by the fluidity of her unique architecture. The Collection explores contrast as a key element, in in both colour and materials. Fine bone china and ceramic are combined with modern resins and acrylics.

At the unveiling in Paris I was lucky to meet Christopher Howell, who showed me some of Dame Zaha’s original architectural drawings, which inspired the Collection 2016. Christopher is a lead product developer at Zaha Hadid, and worked on the Collection with Dame Zaha herself. He said that, as a creative, it was a dream to have such a huge archive to draw inspiration from for the pieces.

Here are just some of my favourite pieces that are available in this stunning collection:

The Solis Candles

The candles feature a fluid interlocking pattern and each scent has been personally selected by
Zaha Hadid.
Flare — Black/Gold: Orange Blossom, with notes of Seville bitter orange trees.
Equinox — Black/Silver: Woodland, with top notes of fresh cedar and pine needles.
Corona — White/Gold: Tuberose, a floral fragrance from the Polianthes Tuberose

Solis Candles

Beam Dinner Service

Zaha Hadid was inspired by the Russian Suprematist artistic movement from the 1920s and in particular the work of one of its leading visionaries, Kazimir Malevich.
This range of fine bone china dinnerware is applying a visual abstraction of the Suprematist approach to both space and form, on its surface. The set is accented with gold leaf.

Beam Dinner Service

Illusion Dinner Service

This is my favourite set in the collection, I love the visual trickery formed by the linework to create the illusion of a three dimensional surface.

Illusion Dinner Service

Illusion Dinner Service


Mugs, Tea Cups & Saucers Tea Cup & Saucer
There are four designs in this set, each has been inspired by some of Zaha Hadid’s celebrated architectural achievements.

Zaha Hadid Icon Set in black

Icon Set in white


Highball & Lowball Glasses
I love how subtle the etchings on these glasses are, two original sketches from the archives of
Zaha Hadid have been applied to high and low-ball drinking glassware to stunning effect.

Sketch Glasses

I always enjoy spending time in Paris, but to combine it with with seeing this collection was an absolute pleasure!
Dame Zaha Hadid was an inspirational woman and she leaves a remarkable legacy.

Maison&Objet kicks off Paris design week and ran from 2-6 September this year.

The Collection 2016 will be stocked by Selfridges in the UK, Yoox in Italy, KaDeWe in Munich and Dopo Domani in Berlin.