We have found our oasis just a few steps below the busy Parisian hill, Montmartre hill. The biophilic interior of Pink Mamma‘s trendy trattoria takes us back to Italy in 1920. And it distracts us from the hustle and bustle of the city. Let’s have a feast for the eyes (and stomachs!) inside this remarkable restaurant.
Opened in 2017, Pink Mamma was on the radar as a place-to-be from day one. At the time, it was the sixth Parisian restaurant owned by the ambitious and visionary Victor Lugger and Tigrane Seydoux. Today, their Big Mamma Group has eighteen trattorias and one food market spread around France and Europe. We can dine at their locations in Bordeaux, Marseille, Lille, Lyon, Madrid, Munich, and London.
The young entrepreneurs from the south of France share, with the customers, their passion for traditional Italian cuisine. And they invest in only top-quality ingredients. Lugger and Seydoux proudly claim that all products are sourced from over one hundred fifty trusted local suppliers from Italy. This is what makes this place stand out. But there is more than delicious food at reasonable prices to be found here. What connects all the locations is the genuinely remarkable interior design of the restaurants.
Walking down the typical Parisian street, we cross laneways and avenues all featuring similarly styled buildings from the XIXth century Haussmann renovation. What a beautiful surprise when we reach the corner of rue Douai and rue Duperré and discover Pink Mamma.
With her pink façade, the four-story building has a glass rooftop rotunda and a jungle of green leaves and plants climbing the walls. It catches the eye and stands out in the landscape of the Pigalle area. But this is just the beginning of what awaits us inside – a paradise for biophilic interior design lovers and vintage décor enthusiasts.
The atmosphere of this place is hard to compare to anything else. Not only does the restaurant spread over all four floors. It also contains an impressive stairway filled with old photographs and handmade art.
The place is lively and relaxed, filled with accents that complete its unique style. Water is served in fish-shaped carafes, and food comes on hand-painted plates and cutlery. The mirrors from the bar on the ground floor are not flawless, and the wooden floor on the stairway creaks. All that gives an authentic vintage touch to this restaurant’s interior design.
Hallway and staircase
The Pink Mamma trattoria contains four floors. Each floor’s dining room differs from the others in style and utility. The hallway invites us to begin a beautiful journey where we first notice the eclectic wall décor with antlers and old photos in decorative frames. Then, a look down reveals a mosaic floor in the shape of a bull.
On the first floor, we enter the vintage interior in its prime. The colorful wallpaper plays with golden elements. And leather furniture contrasts with the mirrors decorating the bar. The dominant color palette is green in seaweed shade. That beautifully matches the golden and wooden elements and marble table tops.
The second floor showcases the chefs’ work with its open kitchen. The bar is composed of green and pink tiles, and plants and colorful plates hang on the walls. This biophilic interior creates an ultra-cozy and intimate atmosphere. It feels home-like in this real Italian trattoria-style space.
The third floor
The next floor is more spacious, luminous, and airy. Table tops and bar are covered in white marble, and a centrally-located long table invites group or family gatherings. This floor is very luminous thanks to the white ceiling and large windows surrounding the walls.
The glass rooftop
The icing on the cake is the top floor, though. A glass roof gives a panoramic view of the city and fills the room with soft natural light. The green leaves falling from the ceiling beautifully play with the retro chandeliers. The blue walls optically widen the perspective, making the blue sky endless. Nature comes to the fore, becoming an integral part of this biophilic interior.
Biophilia refers to human beings’ innate affinity for the natural world, such as a love of nature. This design trend borrows from the ancient Gardens of Babylon but has only recently become trendy in restaurants’ interior design and architecture. The interior design of Pink Mamma restaurant is a prime example of the concept.
The biophilic interior of Pink Mamma is visible in every aspect of the restaurant’s décor. We see it with the leaves climbing the façade of the building. Then through green plants standing in almost every corner. Finally, the wine creepers decorate the glass rooftop ceiling. The biophilic design creates a synergy between people and nature and improves the dining experience.
Behind the beautiful biophilic interior of Pink Mamma stands Martin Brudnizki and his design studio, MBDS.
Brudnizki’s portfolio contains many award-winning projects. He has designed hotels and restaurants around the globe, such as the Royal Academy of Art, Soho House Club, and Four Seasons. And Pink Mamma was his second work for Big Mamma Group. His first project created the stylish look of Mamma’s older ‘sister,’ East Mamma, near Place de Bastille in Paris.
The Swedish designer, based between London and New York, likes to play with textures, layers, and styles. We can see that clearly in his Pink Mamma work. His wide inspiration from nature plays here with the trattoria context. He takes us on an intimate stroll through vintage Italy with this beautiful and eclectic restaurant interior design.