A French touch captures a Milanese spirit in the newest and chicest work space in the center of Paris.
Written by Reemé Idris
Photography courtesy of The Bureau
verlooking the Seine, The Bureau is a luxury workspace in central Paris, a short walking distance from Jeu de Paume and Palais de Tokyo. The Art Deco building – where LVMH occupy the top floor – inspires good work by offering members a solid dose of the good life.
Rasmus Michau, an entrepreneur with an eclectic background across digital and entertainment sectors teamed with longtime friend Laurent Geneslay, an investment banker, to bring the Bureau to life. They enlisted Marika Dru of Atelier MKD to design the layout across five floors and Constance Gennari, creator of The Socialite Family to select pieces for the 1960s inspired interior.
City dwellers are spoiled for choice by a wealth of property owners who have reimagined traditional serviced offices and business centers as co-working spaces for those who prioritize flexibility in prime locations. But on closer inspection, it’s clear many are made with high velocity in mind. The Bureau has delivered something upscale for Paris, a shared work environment with the atmosphere of a hotel, plus the comforts of a clubhouse.
Office life has never looked so good. Marble terrazzo floors, Verner Panton lamps complement the sober navy and wood scheme throughout. Pollock chairs, oak storage lockers and tulip tables by Eero Saarinen are in addition to environmentally-friendly lighting triggered by movement sensors.
A French touch captures a Milanese spirit in the Italian trattoria-style café, serving coffee from Belleville and a menu created by Luca Laffi, formerly of La Corte Thoumieux. Walls lined with heavily stacked bookshelves open out onto an olive tree patio at the far end, made for aperitivo.
Other amenities include a gym, cinema, and terrace with pétanque on the first floor.
A variety of private offices, booths, and shared desks are available depending on the needs (and budget) of the company or individual. Community Manager at The Bureau, Constance Ducoux revealed that the smaller of the private offices have been highest in demand. Bookable for members and non-members, a conference room, boardroom and ‘Deal Room’ cater to every business need, but not at the expense of natural light or rich fabrics – there’s even a champagne bell in the latter.
Close attention is paid to cultivating its cultural capital with regular contemporary art exhibitions, talks from figureheads such as Christian Courtin, CEO Clarins, and a resident DJ. Practical and tasteful in its approach, the absence of start-up era cliches is probably one of the biggest luxuries The Bureau has to [not] offer. Rather, dry cleaning and a concierge contribute to the comfort of its members. As the freelance sector grows, it also grows up.