To see our newly launched Jean Imbert au Plaza Athénée restaurant in all its glory, come and dine with us soon.
A unique culinary experience awaits you, along with a very warm welcome.
February 23, 2022
Through my design agency, I work on diverse projects including designing large yachts, private planes and residences for clients around the world. I started out as an artisan cabinetmaker, which taught me a real appreciation for craftsmanship. Creating new spaces that have the power to delight makes my work very rewarding. By capturing the soul of a place, I know a great experience will follow.
Meeting Jean Imbert to discuss this exciting project was a wonderful experience because we both knew exactly what we wanted to convey. The idea was to give a sense of going back to the age of royalty, when gastronomy took centre stage. We also wanted to keep the restaurant’s timeless feel and add fresh elements of modernity. Everything you can see has been tailor-made for the restaurant, from the bespoke tables and chairs to the ornate carpet and elegant tableware.
Everyone who took part in the project is a true expert in their field. For example, Atelier Mériguet worked painstakingly to apply all 20,000 sheets of gold leaf to the ceiling, walls, columns and table legs. Maison Baguès restored the huge chandeliers, cleaning each individual crystal. We chose Christofle for the tableware displayed in the hidden bakery, and the glasses are all by Baccarat. This acute attention to detail has enabled us to create a grandiose effect.
“I like to create unique projects for special personalities.”
A signature feature for Jean Imbert is to have a large dining table, a focal point where plenty of people can get together. When we commissioned our vision for a grand Royal Table, crafted from exquisite antique Breccia marble, stretching out over 12m/39ft, I knew it would provide the perfect centerpiece. Look carefully at the legs and you’ll see each one depicts a Greek caryatid.
We take our work seriously but we try not to take our ourselves too seriously, which is why the restaurant is full of humorous details. A great example of this are the different plates laid out on the Royal Table. Each one is decorated with a different face – one winks, one sticks out her tongue and another puffs out her cheeks. It’s something designed to make you smile.
Carefully considered lighting is essential to create the right atmosphere. We renovated the spectacular chandeliers then added further micro spotlights with various lighting modes, offering diners a different experience throughout the day. ‘Plaza red’ table lamps on the smaller tables also enrich the atmosphere.
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