The French Laundry, Thomas Keller's three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Yountville, California, recently completed a major design overhaul. Here are the results.
"With the Louvre Pyramid as my inspiration, we wanted to find a way to juxtapose the historic and the modern while maintaining the high quality cuisine and service our guests have come to expect from The French Laundry," Keller said. "The new design is an innovative and functioning space that will allow us to continue to evolve as a restaurant and develop new standards."
Snøhetta’s concept, which offers 25 percent more working space than the previous kitchen, "not only optimizes efficiency but also fosters a meaningful environment for the chefs who work there, setting a stage for cuisine that ignites the senses," according to press materials.
"The quality of light and the open, comfortable feeling of the new kitchen helps transform a high-pressure Michelin-starred restaurant kitchen into a lively and authentic creative space," says Snøhetta founding partner Craig Dykers. "The new kitchen does not feel institutional, nor is it domestic. It is a mix of both kinds of spaces, creating a new kind of room for the evolving contemplation and the artistic innovation of a meal."
It was not touched during the renovation.
The multiple wood types and colors in the original interior spaces were sanded and stained to a single rich walnut tone.
Reservations are available , but they book up about two months in advance.