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Located at the historic Hôtel de Paris, in Monte Carlo, the restaurant of Alain Ducasse re-opened its doors in April 2015 with a new menu and a renovated dining room by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku. The restaurant’s new aspect subtly evokes the Riviera’s art de vivre. A rigorous and yet infinitely warm special organization. The restaurant interiors are beautifully decorated and must be enjoyed. Take a look.
Jouin and Manku’s design was inspired by the room’s central ceiling fresco, a nymph surrounded by cherubs, painted by Marie-Félix Hippolyte Lucas when the hotel was built.
Set within a ceiling rose, the room’s shape reverberated in its configuration as a series of concentric circles, the most eminent of which is the halo-shaped chandelier suspended underneath. This 7 meters diameter chandelier overlooks the entire dining room. Seven hundred pieces of glass, all unique, carefully assembled by hand. It dominates the room, magically illuminating the ornate ceiling with a soft glow.
Also in the dining room, the service ballet, impeccably set by restaurant manager Michel Lang articulates around a piece located in the center of the room, the “L’Office”. The actions of the service are precise, the attention paid to the guest permutes into a subtle and demanding art.
“L’Office” serves as the central service station, or more accurately, the “stage” for the ballet performed by the front-of-house team. Made out of cherry wood and glass, it is shielded by two metal-bladed wings that open up when the service begins to reveal the bread, oils and butter section on the one side, and the liqueurs and chocolates on the other.
“L’Office” itself stands on a circular inlay of ebony and dark stone around which fans out a custom-designed carpet of abstract patterns in muted blues and deep grays that harmoniously complement the earthy shades and gilded details of the existing room décor.
This is a bold decision, as it stages gestures normally hidden from guests, right in center stage. The floor dressing evokes a stormy sky. Furniture with a sense of levity and lightness made of wood, light leather, chrome and polished stainless steel.