Rech — Paris, France
A Parisian landmark since 1925, Adrien Rech first opened his eponymous Art Deco café-restaurant for sampling oysters. In 2007, Alain Ducasse discovered the institution and set out to restore it to its former radiance. Now the eatery has finally gone under an interior revamp overseen by Duacsse and led by architect Marie Deroudilhe, one-time employee of Patrick Jouin. A fish restaurant that goes back to its maritime roots, Deroudilhe has opted for cleaner lines, softer colours, natural materials and a new graphic identity, which all convey a modern, seaside character. Gyotaku drawings and Japanese paper plates hand-painted by artist Jean-Pierre Guilleron portray different varieties of fish while tableware by Belgian ceramist Pieter Stockmans informs the palette of deep cobalt blues. Sam Hecht’s timeless Modernist chairs for Mattiazzi add a Scandinavian touch to the quietly sophisticated interiors.