This year of 2020 marks the 150th Anniversary of legendary Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc in Cap d’Antibes, France. It is set in the most iconic area of the French Riviera and renowned for its notable guests. Brazilian architect Patricia Anastassiadis was commissioned to create a design concept for the three main dining areas including La Rotonde Bar, The Eden-Roc Restaurant for lunch, the Louroc restaurant for dinner and the Eden-Roc Grill that would respect the history and memories of the hotel, whilst celebrating the creative minds who were once guests.
Anastassiadis’ primary focus was to provide a fresh and contemporary look for the dining areas by creating a continuation in the dialogue started by previous architects and interior designers. Each one of them have left an indelible mark on the property, with many remaining visible.
The shades of blue and green that respectively recall the colour of the ocean and the flora of the French Riviera are imprinted in my memories ever since my childhood, said Patricia Anastassiadis. It is a tribute to the intellectual abundance of the hotel’s history that it is as representative as the architecture of the building itself.
With this project, Patricia Anastassiadis continues,” we are developing the archeology of today by digging into the recollections of a vivid past that is still present in every single corner of the property”. For the new design of La Rotonde, the original oval shaped room inspired a selection of curved and sinuous pieces of furniture, highlighting that there are no sharp angles in nature.
We wanted to create an organic flow in the passage from the bar to the outside areas by playing with shapes, textures, and colours, especially with those green tones inspired by the path towards the sea. The Eden Roc Restaurant is set in an idyllic area, right by the foreland. We were inspired by the idea of rocks meeting the sea. This restaurant is inspired by the hotel’s historic rendez-vous.
Our project does not erase the past but acknowledges it and explores it further. We have maintained the original arches but proposed a refreshed look which has been achieved with the introduction of contemporary bespoke furniture designed specifically for this project. We have also created a colour palette that showcases the ocean blue and coral tones, the latter in particular reflects the colours of sunset that represent the beauty of the passing of time. Our redesigned areas are nothing but a conversation between past and present in this place with remarkable heritage.
P. Anastassiadis, Architect
The Eden-Roc Grill features nautical tones of blue and red that are synonymous with the style of the French Riviera. The dining areas of the Grill are connected through the pool and welcome a breezy and buoyant atmosphere while keeping the natural elegance of the location.