Liberté: A Bakery with a New Aesthetic by

Issue 28 · Bastille Day · July 18, 2014

Liberté: A Bakery with a New Aesthetic

Issue 28 · Bastille Day · July 18, 2014

We’re currently admiring the rough industrial chic of Liberté, La Pâtisserie Boulangerie in Canal St. Martin, a vibrant neighborhood in the 10th arrondissement of Paris. Opened by Benoit Castel, the former pastry chef of La Grande Épicierie as well as the Joséphine Bakery, the bakery lets customers view the inner workings of a pastry lab.

Photographs by Mimi Giboin

Liberté Patisserie Boulangerie by Benedict Castel in Paris, Photo by Mimi Giboin | Remodelista

Above: Rather than clean up the raw space, Castel makes a feature of its unfinished walls and ceilings with peeling paint. A long, polished marble counter provides an anchor and a contrast in the open, loftlike space.

Liberté Patisserie Boulangerie by Benedict Castel in Paris, Photo by Mimi Giboin | Remodelista

Above: Loaves of bread are displayed and stored in vintage bread racks.

Liberté Patisserie Boulangerie by Benedict Castel in Paris, Photo by Mimi Giboin | Remodelista

Above: Industrial fluorescent pendants complement the unfinished backdrop walls.

Liberté Patisserie Boulangerie by Benedict Castel in Paris, Photo by Mimi Giboin | Remodelista

Above: Fluorescent tube lighting against a ceiling with peeling paint—an inexpensive detail that has the look of an art installation.

Liberté Patisserie Boulangerie by Benedict Castel in Paris, Photo by Mimi Giboin | Remodelista

Above: Simple open shelving provides storage and a work surface.

Liberté Patisserie Boulangerie by Benedict Castel in Paris, Photo by Mimi Giboin | Remodelista

Above: The sculptural marble bakery counter follows the plan of the space, which is situated on a corner site.

Liberté Patisserie Boulangerie by Benedict Castel in Paris, Photo by Mimi Giboin | Remodelista

Above: With fully operable floor-to-ceiling glazed doors, the entire shop opens to the street.

Liberté Patisserie Boulangerie by Benedict Castel in Paris, Photo by Mimi Giboin | Remodelista

Above: Where extant, the existing ceiling tiles were allowed to remain.

Liberté Patisserie Boulangerie by Benedict Castel in Paris, Photo by Mimi Giboin | Remodelista

Above: In full view of the customers, bread and pastry artisans work on their edible craft.

Liberté Patisserie Boulangerie by Benedict Castel in Paris, Photo by Mimi Giboin | Remodelista

Above: On a warm summer day with the doors fully open to the street, a new form of Parisian cafe culture emerges.

Liberté Patisserie Boulangerie by Benedict Castel in Paris, Photo by Mimi Giboin | Remodelista

Above: A shot of red in the stool seating adds an accent. 

Liberté Patisserie Boulangerie by Benedict Castel in Paris, Photo by Mimi Giboin | Remodelista

Above: Old cafe culture meets new cafe culture. 

Liberté Patisserie Boulangerie by Benedict Castel in Paris, Photo by Mimi Giboin | Remodelista

Above L: Simple signage hints at what goes on inside. Above R: Daily specials on chalkboards can be read from the street.

Liberté Patisserie Boulangerie by Benedict Castel in Paris, Photo by Mimi Giboin | Remodelista

Above: Liberté, La Pâtisserie Boulangerie wraps the corner at the base of a traditional 19th-century Parisian building.

The map below shows the location of Liberté, on 39 Rue des Vinaigriers, Paris.

If you like the tile floor patterns at Liberté, see Trend Alert: Patterned Tiled Bathroom Floors, Black and White Edition. When your tour of Paris is over, cross the channel and visit London's Nordic Bakery. And on Gardenista, here are 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from France.

 


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