In the nature park of the Northern Vosges, in the Alsace region of France, lies the hamlet of Wingen-sur-Moder, where the brilliant French jewellery designer and glassmaker René Lalique lived with his family in the first half of the 20th century. To this day, the luxury brand Lalique produces a complete range of artisanal creations such as vases, glasses and other interior design items in the local glass manufactory. A new restaurant, designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, and the tastefully renovated Villa René Lalique opened a few weeks ago.
Luxury for the senses
When entrepreneur Silvio Denz bought the French crystal manufactory Lalique on 14 February 2008, he simultaneously became the owner of René Lalique’s stately home. That same evening, he made the acquaintance of award-winning chef Jean-Georges Klein and his cuisine, decorated with three Michelin stars. Six years later, the idea for a luxury hotel with restaurant and sophisticated wine cellar was born. Silvio Denz is known for achieving the highest level of quality and exclusiveness in all his projects. His grands crus classés from the St-Emilion Château Faugères and Château Péby Faugères vineyards as well as his premier grand cru from Sauternes Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey regularly receive top ratings from Robert Parker. It comes as no surprise, then, that vineyard owner Denz established a wine cellar in the new restaurant’s basement that with its 20,000 exquisite wines is among Europe’s finest.
Lady Green, Mingarelli, Denz and Botta:
a world-class team
With his 250-square-metre glass cuboid structure, Mario Botta has succeeded in creating a restaurant that reflects the very lightness of being. The plant-covered roof and columns of red sandstone from the nearby Vosges mountains convey a sense of peace and strength. Internationally renowned designers Lady Tina Green and her business partner Pietro Mingarelli also contributed their talent. As interior architects, they specialise in yachts, planes and villas, and have been collaborating with the Lalique brand for five years. They were given carte blanche to design the interior of the six suites in the Villa René Lalique. The crystal intarsia that catch the visitor’s eye at every turn are especially impressive. Each suite has its own theme, and the furnishings are inspired by René Lalique’s creations. If you wish to treat yourself to a romantic weekend getaway complete with culinary highlights: a mere three and a half hours’ drive from Zurich, a different world awaits, inviting you to live and feast in the lap of luxury.
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