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

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Sep 18, 2013 01:05 AM
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by Alexa Hotz last modified Sep 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. Above: For more information, visit La Petite Bretagne and read more about the project on  Dezeen . 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. Above: The tabletop is screen-printed with illustrator Katharine Gorham's design. Above: Inside the restaurant is a delicatessen stocking rare and authentic Breton food products. Above: The screen print on the shelves is a lace design inspired by bonnets from Brittany. 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. Location of La Petite Bretagne in London: View Larger Map






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