Nine years after Philippe Starck left his touch on the hotel, Le Meurice entrusted Starck and his daughter Ara with the task of renovating the restaurants and the bar of the hotel.
Starck worked with Murano, Italy-based artist Aristide Najean on glass pieces, such as drops falling from lamps and a modern sculpture shaped like a holy water basin, which give poetic and whimsical touches to the decor. Starck also lowered the counter at Bar 228, a fashion crowd’s favorite, and is at work on frescoes lining the bar’s walls.
Ara Starck, meanwhile, redesigned Le Dalí’s draped ceiling and a carpet. The total cost of the renovation was 1.8 million euros, or $2 million at current exchange.
Ducasse, who took over Le Meurice’s kitchen in 2013, spoke about a “marvelous and delicious” proposition for the menu, with new Mediterranean-inspired fare and a full range of plates to share at Le Dalí. Earlier this year, he tapped Jocelyn Herland as executive chef. (Herland has worked at Ducasse’s signature restaurant at the Dorchester Hotel in London, which scooped three Michelin “macaroons.” And later this year, Ducasse is to open Ore, a restaurant in the revamped Pavillon Dufour at the Château de Versailles.)
Le Meurice Paris is a Dorchester Collection Hotel.
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