08 january 2016
Villa René Lalique
The René Lalique Villa, a crystal and light case in Alsace. A French luxury
To give you an idea of the ultimate luxury « à la française”, a stay at the Villa René Lalique is a must! The Villa built by René Lalique in 1920 just had a second birth. And how! From the initiative of Silvio Denz, President and CEO of Lalique, it was transformed into a prestigious hotel, or rather a very confidential guesthouse, since only six suites are available.
Showcasing know-how and expertise of Lalique in Wingen-sur-Moder, next to the museum and manufacture, decoration was entrusted to the interior designers, Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli. They beautifully reinterpreted this cottage perched on a hill. On the outside, the mansion where René Lalique and his family were resting, when they were staying in Alsace has been preserved. But inside, everything has been reviewed, with many crystal inserts. The furniture has been custom-designed, sometimes diverting emblematic motifs of the crystal, but also reinterpreting them in a modern way.
Here, everything seems to be luxury, calm and Art Deco voluptuousness . And we get the feeling of being with friends who have a taste for the beautiful. Especially when we sit at the table in the new building designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta. Attached to the historic building, the glass structure features the light to come and be reflected infinitely on crystal chandeliers and other objects “made by Lalique.”
Jean-Georges Klein, three-star chef, is at the helm of this restaurant which should soon get its own star. The chef surrounded himself by a brigade of about fifteen people for this high gastronomy table. At his side, Romain Iltis, Alsatian sommelier – Meilleur Ouvrier de France 2015 and Best Sommelier of France 2012 – manages an exceptional cellar that is composed of no fewer than 20 000 bottles.
The René Lalique Villa, inaugurated at the end of 2015, is directly targeting the forefront of sophisticated and upscale addresses. A precious jewel case to highlight the expertise of a factory that radiates across the planet from this small Alsatian village … A French luxury.