Montreal based interior designer Jean de Lessard has designed the Chez Carl Tapas & BBQ in Nun’s Island, Canada. The restaurant interior was inspired by fractal theory, an interpretation of nature’s geometry, and its wonderful irregularities.
The variable geometry that was integrated succeeds in breaking the monotony and gives beat to the space. But it must be powerful enough for the concept to be self-sufficient.
The entrance to the restaurant is defined by geometric patterns, coloured in bold shades of red and pink. The three dimensional steel structure acts as a bold threshold, and brings rhythm to the space. The interior is marked by asymmetrical volumes cladded with materials that are within the same axis, increasing the dynamics within the space.
The uniqueness of the restaurant reflects Jean de Lessard’s design philosophy with a deep reflection on individuals and society. The Montreal designer brings variation in floor and ceiling to make it possible for one to never see the space the same way twice. The fragmented space forms intimate areas, without having to feel isolated.
Jean de Lessard is also using the deflection principle with objects, such as the spectacular cellar, custom made from copper sheets. The form of the large bar leads the eyes to one of the three “strucptures” (structure-sculpture), that merge practicality with aesthetic. The sculptural walls are covered in Danish felt to absorb sound.
The noise is muffled even when the restaurant is filled to full capacity.
– Corinna Pop – co-owner of Chez Carl Tapas & BBQ
The abundant use of maple in this project, outside the scope of usual application, is a wink to Québécois identity… A noble and raw material, wood has both soundproofing and warming qualities. It enhances even more the invigorating and bright effect of the colour and the softness of finer textiles.
The femininity-masculinity duality mimics the two worlds that coexist in the place: that of regular customers, and new clientele of young professionals. As a subtle mirror of the exceptional menu of this restaurant, the design unites the art of seeing, and of tasting, with simplicity and character.
About the Designer:
With more than 20 years of experience, Montreal designer Jean de Lessard has designed numerous interiors, particularly in the commercial and deluxe residential sectors. His eclectic skills have led him to work on spaces of a diversity of vocations including hotels, restaurants, offices and boutiques.
Jean de Lessard, creative designers is one of the world’s pioneers of the creative development of individuals and societies in office development. Having amalgamated in its design practice many professional resources and findings of numerous socio-economic studies, the firm creates in 2012 the custom-made approach “Duality of the individual and the community”, an innovative approach that focuses on the diversity of space occupation patterns.
In February 2013, Jean de Lessard receives the prestigious award from the Association of Retail Environment in Chicago. His projects have won him awards in 2012 and 2010 from the International Property Awards in London, Britain. He has also won prizes from Intérieurs | Ferdie, the Commerce Design Montréal competition, and awards from the Institut de Design Montréal.
Design: Jean de Lessard, designers créatifs
Client: Restaurant Chez Carl tapas & BBQ
Address: 3000 Blvd René-Lévesque, Nun’s Island, Canada
General Contractor: Castle Reno (Paul Cantwell)
Restaurant Area: 1,229 square feet
Dining capacity: nearly 70 places
Photography: Adrien Williams
*All images and information courtesy of Jean de Lessard.