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Daniel Vézina's top design picks

16 Nov 2018

Daniel Vézina has a taste for design. Luckily for him, this culinary master has many projects that allow him to indulge in this passion. “I’ve always worked with designers in my restaurants,” the chef declares. For him, gastronomy and decorating go hand in hand. “I think it’s necessary to personalize the space, service and overall experience. Customers come for food, but stay for the experience.”

According to Daniel, each designer’s product is unique and tells a story. It is for this reason that the restaurant owner collaborates regularly with designers. A cabinetmaker and glass blower are recent collaborators, and since 2005, dishware designed by artist Pascale Girardin complement the chef’s gastronomy. “These collaborations allow us to immerse customers in a unique universe,” he says. 

In the kitchen as in life, Daniel has earned the right to the best of the best.  Below are his descriptions of three of his favourite creations, shared here for our enjoyment.

Denise Water by Jarre

“It's very difficult to conserve fruit,” he explains. “If we want to keep it for a long time, it needs to be hung up to allow for air flow beneath them. In this case, a system of wooden slats allows for air circulation. This wonderful object is super innovative as well.”

Moss caviar spoons by Atelier Marie-Hélène Robillard

The chef appreciates the refinement of caviar, a product included on his menu. “I like the finesse of caviar, which is why we need an object that reflects the delicacy of the product,” he affirms. The texture of this spoon is a perfect match: the mouth can enjoy a smooth tip, combined with a porous handle for better grip. 

Large chunky-knit throw by Gibou

While Daniel Vézina has been present in our homes for decades, comfort is something incredibly personal for him. “I'm crazy about throws, on couches, chairs, everywhere!” he confides. We are dealing with an amateur of Hygge, a conceptual design style from Denmark. “It's the art of comfort,” he explains. “They have long winters just like us. They've adapted by creating a culture of interior comfort. The blanket reminds me of moments of joy at home. I happen to find that F1840 promotes values of comfort, interior well-being, and warmth. Canada holds all the talent necessary to develop a design reflective of our culture.”

His latest culinary project has brought Daniel to invest in local talent. La Serre, the health counters launched three years ago by the Laurie Raphaël group, hold a wealth of local products that you can savour in store or in the comfort of your home. Bon appétit!