JOUIN MANKU / RENOWNED DESIGNERS
Fontevraud Le Restaurant is designed by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, who are also responsible for the adjacent hotel. By selecting raw, luxurious materials in a determinedly sober fashion, the two renowned designers have been able to preserve Saint-Lazare priory’s monastic past while bringing it right up to date.
WELL-BEING / EXPERIENCING THE ESSENTIALS
Sampling chef Thibaut Ruggeri’s dishes at Fontevraud Le Restaurant is also all about choice. There are tables in the cloister, the stone heart of the priory that opens onto a peaceful garden of herbs and medicinal plants. Or there is the Chapter House with its vast bay windows, for a cosier ambiance. The made-to measure furniture is like Ruggeri’s recipes: high-quality, modern, restrained, and respectful of an almost 1,000 year old building. Wood, metal and leather are celebrated for their essential qualities in a setting that is all about well-being.
TABLEWARE / FUNCTIONAL ELEGANCE
On the tables, beneath the elegant wooden hanging lights that perfectly dampen the acoustic, the same attention to detail has been paid to the recipients as to the food that graces them. These are not superfluous objects to litter the table, but essentials with an innovative design touch, such as the elegant ceramic bowls created by local ceramicist Charles Hair.