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'The' French kitchen

Quinta

Behind an ochre yellow-coloured imposing facade in the narrow Rue Emile Zola in the middle of the old heart of Perpignan, a surprisingly versatile house is hidden. Built around 1700 and thoroughly renovated in the 19th century, it is one of the most prominent buildings in the city. It belonged to the Bardous family who invented JOB cigarette paper and thus built up a worldwide empire. Throughout the house you will see the JOB logo, the famous JOB posters (designed by Alphonse Mucha) and the initials of the brand incorporated in mirrors, banisters and woodwork. ‘Actually it was a sort of museum when we bought it,’ Henri proudly says. ‘The thirty rooms all had their own style and since the vacancy as we saw it 20 years ago nothing had changed in the house’. On the second floor is the cozy kitchen plays a big social role. There, the help cooks the stars of heaven and always smells an apple or lemon pie from the kitchen.

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Images: Hans Zeegers via Taverne Agency. Producer: Marita Janssen

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