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The Comptoir Woodward
by Cécile Morel Architecture d’Intérieur

The Comptoir Woodward

by Cécile Morel Architecture d’Intérieur

Shortlisted: Restaurant Europe Award

The International Hotel & Property Awards 2024

The International Hotel & Property Awards 2024

Cécile Morel was entrusted with the comprehensive architecture and interior design mandate for Le Comptoir Woodward, the new gourmet haven nestled in the heart of Geneva, Switzerland. This gastronomic venture, an addition to The Woodward Hotel’s repertoire, is the brainchild of Titouan Claudet, the head pastry chef, and Olivier Jean, the executive chef overseeing The Woodward’s renowned restaurants, including “Le Jardinier” and the double Michelin-starred “L’Atelier Robuchon.”

Strategically situated on the ground floor of a historically significant building in Geneva, Le Comptoir Woodward presented a canvas for the architects to weave a design narrative seamlessly marrying elegance with refinement. The architectural and interior design concept was framed by a singular directive from the client: to encapsulate the allure of a Wes Anderson-style decor.

Drawing inspiration from the distinctive visual style of the renowned American director, the design radiates with symmetrical shots, elaborate sets, long tracking shots, and a vibrant palette of terracotta dominating with a hint of pink. Complementary tones of beige, water green, and dark blue imbue the space with an architectural ambiance. A bespoke ensemble, including a counter, display unit, bench, and tables, was meticulously crafted, featuring a blend of natural oak, corian, black metal structures, and fabrics in shades of green and burgundy.

The selection of elegant, noble fabrics and materials further pays homage to the belle époque, evoking a time when craftsmanship reached its zenith. In this harmonious blend of history and modernity, Cécile Morel has created an inviting space for both local and international patrons seeking an immersive culinary experience, reminiscent of major international cities.

Location: Switzerland

Architect: Cécile Morel Architecture d’Intérieur

Hotel Group: The Woodward – Oetker Collection

Photography: Cécile Morel & Guillaume Cottancin

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