Fiskebar at the Ritz Carlton
A welcome addition to the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton Hotel De La Paix, the Fiskebar restaurant and bar is a brand new culinary experience. Introducing a Nordic-fusion concept, Fiskebar is a destination unlike anything else in Geneva.
The design of the space was created by London-based B3 Designers, with Roisin Reilly as lead designer, and features four distinct yet interconnecting areas – a chic and intimate fine dining restaurant, a more casual raw kitchen counter with high table communal seating, a luxurious bar and a cosy yet opulent lounge. A theme of contemporary Nordic minimalism radiates throughout Fiskebar.
In the fine dining restaurant, a refined atmosphere has been created through the use of a spacious and comfortable layout of smooth oak and dark, raw tones. Raw yet smooth, grey-toned timber panelling lines the walls and provides the perfect backdrop for a remarkable artistic decoration. Created by British artist Adam Ross, the grand installation is of hand-made abstract ceramic oyster forms of varying shapes and sizes and was specially commissioned for this project. Guests are made to feel at home in plush banquettes and cosy armchairs in neutral and warm leather while dining on slate-topped tables with brass detailing.
The dining room is connected to the raw kitchen counter and bar via understated Dinesen oak flooring and large distressed beams overhead. The casual room, with its open kitchen and raw food counter display, includes two long communal tables with stick-back style high chairs. Futuristic long tubular pendant lights hover above the communal tables creating a more casual fish market style atmosphere.
The cocktail bar and lounge is housed in a room rumoured to have been used for drafting the Geneva Convention and makes use of pre-existing heritage-listed features including antique wall panelling, classic French mouldings and a 150-year old parquet and walnut floor. Its new design has a rich palette of textures, colours and timelessly classic vintage furniture. The curved bar, supported by a mixologist’s dream liquor display, sits in one corner of the room, framed by high bar stools. Low-level tables and plush seating are scattered throughout the rest of the space. The walls are adorned with an eclectic mix of curated and bespoke Geneva-themed artwork, posters and photographs.
The renovation of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix, Geneva was completed in September 2017 and marked a new era in the evolving story of one of Geneva’s most elegant and historic hotels. Boasting over 150 years of history, the new design blends modern design, functionality and the hotel’s heritage. Floor-to-ceiling windows fill each of the 74 guestrooms with natural light and allow for stunning views across Mont Blanc Square, Lake Geneva and the Jet d’Eau. The Grace Kelly Suite, named after the Princess of Monaco who was a regular guest at the hotel, is the hotel’s Presidential Suite, offering sophisticated art deco design and gold leaf gilding, creating an elegant sanctuary.
The newly restored public areas reflect a design concept created around art, time and nature, representing the hotel’s lakeside setting and the city of Geneva. In the hallways of the hotel’s atrium, guests will find an exhibition of tapestries that feature historical figures who played a role in attaining peace, from Giuseppe Garibaldi to Victor Hugo.
B3 Designers was founded in 2002 by Mark Bithrey. Under his creative direction the practice has developed an impressive, diverse and award-winning portfolio with particular focus on hotel and restaurant design. The team consists of a group of diverse individuals who reflect this range of skills; each of B3’s associates have backgrounds in interior, graphic and product design as well as architecture, brand writing and strategy.
To experience The Ritz-Carlton, Hotel de la Paix, Geneva, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/geneva.