If you are not familiar with French designer Jacques Garcia himself, you are probably already a fan of his designs. From Le Méridien hotels to the Royal Monceau and Hotel Fouquet's Barriere (more on that in a bit), the man has even garnered recognition as commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, along with a Chevalier (known by commoners as a Knighthood) in the National Order of the Légion d'honneor, founded by none other than Napoleon. How incredibly fancy. Fittingly the Garcia-designed Del Cafe in Morocco is outfitted with a deep royal palette of reds and golds and features a patio for al fresco dining with a view of bustling Marrakech. Plus, check out those awesome light fixtures that just scream Morrocan-chic. Yeah, we just made that a thing.
Over the years David Chihuly's art has become incredibly recognizable, perhaps most notably because of its display in Las Vegas, where you can see his work at Bellagio and Crystals among other places. Artsy folk will also know that the artists' glass blown work has been exhibited at a plethora of fine art museums, but they might not also be familiar with the fact that pieces can be seen at the Ritz-Carlton Singapore, Millenia. Since this is a restaurant round-up we are featuring Sunrise inside of Greenhouse, although his creations are featured throughout the hotel.
One of the newest restaurants to the hotel dining scene, Villard and Gallery at Villard Michel Richard not only showcase artful dishes, but both put real artistic flair on display, courtesy of designer Jeffery Beers. One of the most anticipated openings of the season, chef Villard Michel Richard has been quoted saying the new restaurant fare is "Citronelle but lighter," referring to his previous dining space in Washington D.C. Design-wise however, they could not be more different, with the new space practically gushing Italian Renaissance. Just off the main restaurant (Villard), Gallery At Villard Michel Richard features a tasting menu and on the walls of that dining room, Beers has placed custom art inspired by Richard featuring old Hollywood actresses framed in gold leaf.
We told you that we would circle back around to Jacques, and frankly it's hard not to with the designer's resume. Garcia did all of the interior decor for Fouquet's, with Edouard Francois who responsible for the architecture. If you have the joy of visiting Paris, put this
palace hotel on your list of places to at least dine in if you don't book a room. Le Diane is situated in the interior courtyard of the hotel (which is already smack dab in the middle of the "Golden Triangle") making the restaurant a reprieve from the ever-popular Avenue Champs-Élysées just steps outside.
You simply cannot put together a round-up of artistic restaurants and not include FACTORY in Berlin. The space is inspired by Andy Warhol after all (you can spy the pop-art master back behind the bar). Food and drink served here are both a little quirky (Srirach-slaw burger anyone?), keeping with the unique vibe Warhol is known for. Designed as a "New York style" scene (we aren't quite sure what that means, but we'll let it slide in the name of art) the space features plush bar stools, chandeliers and a fireplace to cozy up next to with a strong drink. We are pretty sure Andy would approve.
[Photos: SLS Beverly Hills;Delano Marrakech;Ritz-Carlton Singapore, Millenia;Villard Michel Richard;Hotel Fouquet's Barriere;art'otel, Berlin]