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Neon, Gradients, and Cacti: Paris Cafe Isn't Your Father's Burger Chain

All images by David Foesse via <a href="">Designboom</a>
All images by David Foesse via Designboom

Ah, the discreet, charming look of the bourgeois burger joint, where retro-'50s style, a smattering of old signs and an ancient jukebox offers just another spin off an old formula. The standout interior of PNY, a new neon-drenched spot in the hip Marais district of Paris, provides a much-needed update, with pink-and-turquoise accents adding a lightness to the room akin to airbrushing. Local firm CUT Architectures ditched the standard playbook when designing the chain's third location, combining grids of lacquered steel, recessed neon lights and hanging plants that recall a beachfront taco shack in Vice City as opposed to an old-fashioned diner. Just belly up to the counter bar, accented with terrazzo flooring and unfinished walls, for a taste of Tropical Modernism; it certainly doesn't look like the spot where your grandparents split milkshakes with their sweethearts.

· Cut Architectures infuses PNY restaurant in Paris with subtropical elements [Designboom]
· Previous Restaurant Design coverage [Curbed]