The new Ducasse Sur Seine restaurant was opened on September 2018. It is a 40-meter boat with an electric motor specially designed by the naval architect Gérard Ronzatti. The restaurant's interior design needed to reflect the excellence of the world’s most Michelin-starred living chef, as well as the novelty of this directional project. To meet this challenge, the partners, Citysurfing, Ducasse Paris, and Caisse des Dépôts, commissioned the talented duo of couturier-designer Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman, who they entrusted with the creative and cultural direction of the floating restaurant.
The Seine and its barges epitomise the beating heart of Paris, and the flow of the river inspired Galante and Lancman design of the restaurant's interior. This concept carries the notions of movement, reflection, and fluidity of water, as well as "shapes of water", expressed through a multitude of facets, from furniture to tableware. The designers also strived to highlight French know-how and the beauty of exceptional craftsmanship.
To harmonise with the magnificent environment, encompassing Pont de l'Alma and the Jena bridge, the Eiffel Tower, and passing boats on the river, the two designers created a visual language directly inspired by the movement and reflections of the Seine. By bringing the exterior inside, they have conceived Ducasse Sur Seine’s particularly exquisite atmosphere to synch with its surroundings. Motifs of waves and ripples are explored in the restaurant. The ceiling of the great hall is designed with 3000 three-dimensional metal waves in different shades of silver and gold, shaped by the italian company PLANIUM Srl. An integrated LED system between the waves imparts a subtle effect of movement. This lighting, conceived by light artist Franck Franjou, is coordinated with the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower”.
The metal waves on the ceiling were made of pre-anodised aluminum in silver and gold, 0.5 mm thick. The light plates have been anchored on a polished metal net, welded with assembly hardware always in shiny metal, taking care of every detail until the desired perfection. The assembly of the waves on the net has been developed to make the installation on the ceiling of the restaurant of the prestigious boat precise and rapid.
Anodized aluminum ceiling: Planium Srl
Project: Naval architect Gérard Ronzatti
Creative Direction Interior design: Maurizio Galante & Tal Lancman
Photography: Pierre Monetta