The Lost Art of the Buckwheat Crêpe: La Petite Bretagne in London by

Issue 90 · London Design 2013 · September 17, 2013

The Lost Art of the Buckwheat Crêpe: La Petite Bretagne in London

Issue 90 · London Design 2013 · September 17, 2013

La Petite Bretagne in west London is dedicated to dispelling misconceptions around the crêpe: "they're not filling enough," "not right for lunch," "they're always pre-made," and "just for dessert." Not so, says La Petite, whose crêpes are made with traditional Breton buckwheat.

The charm of both the menu and the mission are matched with interiors designed by Paul Crofts Studio. Inside the crêperie, the floor (half reclaimed French oak parquet, half concrete) extends up to a cast-concrete counter. Across the front of the counter, down the length of a communal table, and repeated across wall shelves are screen-printed designs that nod to the "historical craft of Brittany from where the crêpe originates," says Crofts.

La Petite Bretagne Crêperie in London | Remodelista

Above: For more information, visit La Petite Bretagne and read more about the project on Dezeen.

Stenciled Tables at La Petite Bretagne Crêperie in London| Remodelista

Above: In the center of the crêperie sits a large communal table in solid ash. Behind it, the crêpe counter features the same design as the one printed on the table, but abstracted.

DIY Stencil Tables at La Petite Bretagne Crêperie in London | Remodelista

Above: The tabletop is screen-printed with illustrator Katharine Gorham's design.

La Petite Bretagne Crêperie in London | Remodelista

Above: Inside the restaurant is a delicatessen stocking rare and authentic Breton food products.

Wall Hooks at La Petite Bretagne Crêperie in London | Remodelista

Above: The screen print on the shelves is a lace design inspired by bonnets from Brittany.

Dinners at La Petite Bretagne Crêperie in London | Remodelista

Above: The layout of the restaurant was "designed to evoke the intimate setting of a domestic kitchen or dining room," says Crofts. This was achieved with a large communal table, delicatessen, and an open counter where guests can watch their crêpes being made.

La Petite Bretagne Crêperie in London | Remodelista

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