Philippe Starck opens a new hotel in Bordeaux, a Japanese fantasy hotel

Philippe Starck opens a new hotel in Bordeaux, a Japanese fantasy hotel

Junior Suite at Mondrian Bordeaux Les Carmes.

Photographer Gailey Lo Polico

Common denominator: Japanese Bordeaux lanterns

This is the place the architect calls it “The impossibility has been solved”, the meeting of two diametrically opposed cultures, geographically and aesthetically – if Philippe Starck equates Japan with the greatest refinement, he associates our country with more rurality. Then we find, again and again, these “Collage” The imposition of Japan and France; Like the 350 lights that line the hotel’s outdoor and common areas. “The Japanese needed lamps, The architect continues. There were large wrought iron lamps in place, and they placed Japanese lanterns inside them. » The walls, which travelers find empty, are decorated with elements that remind them of their origins, such as large pictures of Japanese headdresses that decorate the restaurant.

Marimoto restaurant is friendly and cozy

Marimoto Restaurant.

Photographer Gailey Lo Polico

Photographer Gailey Lo Polico

French-Japanese restaurant Marimoto, open and warm, plays with materials (wood, leather, ropes, fabrics) and functions. Kitchen, sushi counter, bar and reception room all in one, offering high and low tables, mismatched seating and a Japanese decor that is particularly expressed in the choice of vases and lanterns. It all permeates it Robots Centrality, the axis of the place. Finally, a private space, defined by large panels of Japanese fabrics, cultivates the mystery dear to Philippe Starck, allowing only guests’ feet to be visible. “A real Noh theater scene”It is emphasized by an upper spirit characterized by large brick columns.

Continuing the common thread, the restaurant’s menu is signed by Chef Masaharu Morimoto, the star of Japanese cuisine, who loves to combine it with local gastronomy: sushi, sashimi and roast duck, along with oysters from the Arcachon Basin, foie gras and French desserts. The concept, which has achieved global success, was first exported to Europe. Designed for both intimacy and conviviality, the Restaurant Room also features a cocktail, wine and sake bar. “A place designed above all for the human beings who will live there, a meeting place that transports us to another place, an invention invented elsewhere,” Philippe Starck sums up.

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