The makeover of Terminal 2G Charles De Gaulle pays tribute to the emblematic monuments of Paris


Airports are one of those things in life that we kinda dread. Of course, they are necessary if you want to travel the world, as you must first pass through the airport before boarding the actual plane. Still, the less time we spend wandering around those chilly hallways, the better. Too many people, too expensive food and too little to do. They’re like corridors of boredom and no one has time for that. What if airports could be little gems of design, resembling the interior of your favorite fancy restaurant?

This is exactly what happened at Terminal 2G at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. While Dorothée Meilichzon normally draws hotels and restaurants, this time she puts her talents as a designer at the service of a much less sexy concept: airport terminals. With his Studio Chzon, the interior designer has approached the subject in an unprecedented way. The objective was to surprise travelers and make them immediately discover the charms of Paris and it definitely succeeded. Plus, she made us believe we had entered a time machine, taking us straight back to the sixties.

People are waiting, so our mission was to welcome them, to overcome their boredom, to surprise them, to charm them.

Dorothee Meilichzon

“We wanted to create a feeling of intimacy by partitioning without closing. We wanted to break the perspectives, to get away from the feeling of a corridor by creating multiple small spaces, ”says Dorothée Meilichzon to Milk Decoration. In its design, there is no place for cold metal furniture, created for the sole purpose of being “practical”. Instead, get ready for rippling shapes, soft fabrics, and an otherworldly feel. Yet despite this feeling, everything was made in France, from the flooring to the cushions.

Observing the terminal, one cannot help noticing the nods to France and Paris in particular. The green metal chairs surrounding the water basin immediately bring us back to the Luxembourg Gardens on a beautiful spring day. The particular piping was clearly meant to be an ode to the Center Pompidou and the terrazzo floors are nothing but a modern take on the ones you can admire in every French bistro in the country. We don’t know if the pastis will be waiting for you when you arrive, but the chessboards are already in place so that time flies by while you wait for your plane.


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