Iconic crystal glassworks house Lalique has unveiled the Lalique Bar at Restaurant DANIEL in New York. The latest collaboration between Lalique and Michelin-star Chef Daniel Boulud stems from a decades-long admiration of the storied crystal glassworks brand and its continued excellence in artisanal craft, innovation, and quality.
The Paris-based Lalique Interior Design Studio worked closely with Chef Daniel and his team to create an unexpected bespoke bar experience featuring crystal glass in creative combinations. First-rate crystal glass making expertise, creative dynamism, and technical flair enhance all interiors and spaces, with crystal at the heart of the layout and location, each piece was fabricated at Lalique’s Wingen-sur-Moder factory, located in the France’s Alsace region, by a dedicated studio team.
Restaurant DANIEL’s libations menu features a range of rare spirits, drawing from cocktail culture around the world. In addition to the cocktails, wines from the Rhône and Burgundy, as well as a robust Champagne program, rank among the noteworthy highlights of the restaurant’s award-winning cellar. To celebrate the unveiling of the new bar, Restaurant DANIEL will be offering a limited-time custom cocktail titled La Liqueur de René, a nod to René Jules Lalique, the Founder of Lalique, which features The Glenturret 15- year-old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, Montreuil Reserve Calvados, Pineau Des Charentes, Aromatic Bitters, and garnished with a flamed lemon twist. The cocktail will be assembled and served tableside from an ornate Lalique fashioned bar cart complete with the Wingen barware collection.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to work with Chef Daniel Boulud and his team on this exciting Lalique installation to help reimagine the experience of Restaurant DANIEL,” said Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO of Lalique. “The Lalique Interior Design Studio’s extensive experience in crystal glassworks and bespoke creations allowed us to capture a sense of opulence and grandeur in our design, creating a truly immersive experience.”
At Restaurant DANIEL, Lalique Interior Design Studio, craftsmen, engineers, and architects have all drawn together a refined experience complete with Lalique expressions – from huge-scaled creations, including wall decorations and lightings to intimate details, such as door handles. As guests enter the bar through the main entrance, they are welcomed by a central archway sided by two transparent Soudan panels which serve as an example of Lalique’s innovative UV bonding methods. The Venise theme is carried through the restaurant appearing within the lounge and bar area through arched panels that are illuminated with advanced lighting elements.
Innovative creations are realized through modern technology, as well as integrating classic pieces with metal mountings to enhance the crystal’s presence within the space. The result is an entirely bespoke project creating an immersive and experiential dining experience. Additional highlights include:
- Compositions of triangular cut Vibration crystal pieces, installed on the front of the bar and finished in gold luster offering a vibrant visual effect of the gold shimmer. This is the first time Lalique has offered triangular cuts to interior panels and offers an interesting interpretation of classic Lalique designs.
- Soudan LED mirrors and custom Coutard scones cast light upon the dining areas of Restaurant DANIEL, complimented by panels or framing that gives nod to the Lalique Bar.
- The Coutard motif is seen again through lanterns that hang above the bar surface and serve as a focal point to the Vibration motifs. These lanterns serve as a representation of Lalique’s Art-Deco style while framing the motif.
To make a reservation, head over to Restaurant DANIEL’s official website.