For the interior decorating of his bistrot premises François Gagnaire requested the help of his friend, designer Pascal Michalon, also from « la Haute-Loire » region.
” Sharing in the new adventure of François Gagnaire for whom I had already had the pleasure to work for, was for me self-evident and an opportunity ” adds Pascal Michalon.
« Obvious not only because of our shared origins, we partake in similar values, sincerity, pleasure and modernity. An opportunity, because – Anicia a natural bistrot- in a unique Parisian neighborhood offers a simple and authentic site and cuisine like in ‘la Haute-Loire ».
François gives free rein to his friend Pascal who spontaneously designed and manufactured the furniture and equipment from raw materials, both massive and contemporary which fit nicely in a subdued space.
The walls and floor are covered in plastered slate, while the oak banquette (bench seating) with rounded corners circle the main dining room with a capacity of 37 guests. The horizontal shelf parallel to the banquette (bench) – positioned mid-way in the wall – allows photos, books, and other products from « la Haute-Loire » to be displayed.
Beveled boards for appetizers, a chest for local cheeses and a bread box are made from beech simply and finely sanded.
« The chair model -Evy- from my own collection made of ash wood, was a natural choice, in black to accompany the 18 small tables also in massive oak » explained the designer.
Anicia, more than a bistrot-gallery, is a true place of life.