Tokyo Eat, the restaurant in the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, was closed in 2016 and replaced in June 2017 by Les Grands Verres, designed by Lina Ghotmeh Architecture: a new space offering visitors to the most important contemporary art gallery in Paris three different dining experiences, summed up by architect Lina Ghotmeh in the expression “dining in three acts”.
Her starting point in the project is reflection on the theme of “places at the table”, governed by a sustainable approach inspiring all her design choices, from custom-designed furniture to lighting, from recycled materials to reclamation of old plaster showing the patina of time, and from the dishes to the menu, offering diners an immersive voyage involving all the senses and interacting with the architecture of the Palais de Tokyo. The subdivision is expressed through three different intensities of colour as well as through different furnishings. The first space, Ready-made, has a direct relationship with the volumes of the Palais de Tokyo and its artistic life. It is a café-theatre where dining becomes a performance; diners eat in an informal setting, at tables or sitting on the steps in a modular space offering infinite different geometric combinations. Les Grands Verres occupies the big central space, with an 18-metre bar counter forming the key element in the space: a surface in constant motion, surrounded by the more intimate spaces of the tables with wooden chairs custom designed by the architect. The last “act” in the design is the Glass House, a more intimate space separated from the other parts of the restaurant by frosted glass, where users can dine in a more private setting around a curvy table in three parts, with a view of the Eiffel Tower.