When Jean-Pierre Viau was asked to design the interior of the new Restaurant Les Chèvres location, his client set him the challenge of preserving and “recycling” as many interior elements as possible from the previous tenant.
New synthetic fur slipcovers for the original chairs, tinted acrylic panels for the windows and a colourful new cloakroom with a curved wall were just some of the tricks the designer used to create a completely fresh ambience while fulfilling the client’s mandate. Abstract forms painted on the walls are a nod to Matisse and serve to link the two distinct areas of the restaurant.
The only new spatial element added by the designer is the pastry chef’s station set up within the dining room itself. A large oval opening in the separating partition enables diners to observe the chef at work.
The end result ? The designer has successfully created a look that is resolutely modern, yet warm, for the restaurant’s new home.
Location: 1201 Van Horne Avenue, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Total Size/Area: 315sqm (3400 sqf)
Interior design: Jean-Pierre Viau
Ceramist: Pascale Girardin
Awards: Commerce Design Montreal 2004