Located in a lobby of downtown Montreal’s Wilder building, home of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Café Constance is a whimsical social gathering space which was previously frequented by ballet enthusiasts, guests, employees or artists themselves. Local award-winning interior design studio – Atelier Zébulon Perron wanted to create “something that seems completely out of place, and that captivates the imagination in a strange and wonderful way”, says founder and interior designer Zébulon Perron. Let’s discover together this inspiring Café Constance in Montréal.
Café Constance pays tribute to the former leader of Les Grands Ballets and a generous patron of the arts Constance Pathy, where the cafe’s name comes from.
Inspired by Milanese café Bar Luce designed by Wes Anderson, located in Fondazione Prada art centre, where museum guests would gather and chat about exhibitions, Café Constance was a perfect place to pay tribute to the arts with eclectic interior design atmosphere and its unique character. Interior designer conceived the space incorporating Victorian design elements and boudoir intimacy, pairing with intricate colours, patterns, and light fixtures, mixed with dollhouse-like and theatrical wardrobe setting.
“The tongue-in-cheek approach to Café Constance aimed at creating a fun and fantastical space within the more austere backdrop of the building’s contemporary architecture,”- Zébulon Perron.
Gracefully suspended above the heads, blush-coloured, crinoline tutu shades that none of them are the same, evoke a sense of child-like fantasy world. Whereas playfulness and movement is contributed by adding a high solid black walnut table, “essence of the space”. Not to mention gracefully upholstered in colourful leather banquettes and stools, fringed “old lady” lampshades, floral fabrics and wallpaper patterns, which contribute to the occult universe of Café Constance.
Zébulon Perron stated that play on material, style and colour contrasts resulted in “the tongue-in-cheek” approach to Café Constance. “[…] aimed at creating fun and fantastical space within the more austere backdrop”, added designer.
Project Name: Cafe Constance
Completion: February 2022
Project Site: 1435 De Bleury St, Montreal, QC H3A 2H7
Project type: Cafe/Restaurant
Surface area: 130 m2 (1,390 sq. ft.)
Construction: Archetype Construction
Design: Atelier Zébulon Perron
Lead designer: Zébulon Perron
Photographer: Alex Lesage
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