When I first read about this I thought it sounded in some respects like a souped-up version of London’s South Bank – just with all the ‘character’ that makes OUR South Bank so uhmmm egalitarian taken out. Basically lose the skate boarders, gentlemen and gentleladies of the road, mudlarkers, illegal BO burger vans and so on…

The poetically named Wanderlust is a new public space opening in Paris this May. Run by music label Savoir Faire Group which also looks after renowned Parisian hotspots Social Club and Silencio (the latter designed by David Lynch and inspired by the deeply strange Club Silencio in the film Mulholland Drive), this eclectic and revolutionary institution will break free from the norm and enable creative worlds to meet with brilliant results. So no tourists then!

Wanderlust presents itself as somewhere you can have dinner, look at exhibitions, performances or simply bask in the serendipitous element of surprise. With the largest terrace in Paris (1600 square meters) on the banks of the River Seine, an 80 seat open-air cinema, a club, a bar and a restaurant run by the super talented Benjamin Darnaud, Wanderlust clearly has a lot to offer. The 6AM finish is certainly both attractive and tempting.

The weekend programme begins with health mornings where you can do yoga or pilates, great idea, one that would be amazing at the South Bank, followed by brunch, creative workshops, performances, DJ sets and kids activities. Wanderlust will also have a variety of markets such as food, flea, and vintage designer clothes combined with a pop-up store to offer the essentials.

The evenings will play host to nights like Soirée Eté d’Amour, set up by Respect each Wednesday and a haven for electronic music lovers. There will also be a weekly event based around fashion with film shows, interactive courses and performances hosted by Olivier Saillard from the Musee Galliera and in collaboration with Paris Institut Français de la Mode and London’s V&A.

Jakob+MacFarlane, the architects behind the Cité de la Mode et du Design, created this heaven devoted to artistic collaboration and describe it as ‘a multidisciplinary space mixing relaxation, leisure and culture’. To complement Jakob + MacFarlane’s designs, Yann Kersalé was entrusted with the lighting. According to Arnaud Frisch of Savoir Faire Group, ‘We wanted a contemporary living environment that would abolish the boundaries between creative activities and relaxation spaces. The choice of an ephemeral architecture permits to connect art and architecture in the same vein as institutions such as New York PS1 or the London Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.’ American comic strip author Daniel Clowes (Eightball, Ghost World) has devised the signature and visual identity behind Wanderlust. With past collaborations including The New York Times and many cover illustrations for The New Yorker, his precise drawing, fifties inspirations and consistent revision of intimist themes, science fiction and the fantastic is clearly a perfect fit with Wanderlust.

Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to 6am
32 Quai d’Austerlitz
75013 Paris

Words by Anna Bang


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