Company Name: SMC Design
Space Name: L’Atelier Bistro
Cruise Line: MSC Cruises
Ship Name: MSC Grandiosa

MSC Cruises commissioned SMC Design to re-brand their much loved and well-established restaurant L’Atelier Bistrot on MSC Grandiosa. We were asked to create an elegant restaurant and bar design concept that would be the heart of the main promenade, offering contemporary French cuisines with private dining, live entertainment and a pop-up art gallery.

SMC Design created a unique F&B experience that firmly resonates with the family audience. We aimed to design an offering intrinsically connected to Parisian culture, SMC Design wove together the old French Neoclassical interiors and Art Nouveau architecture in harmonious co-existence. The space has been designed with a hand-painted fresco ceiling, antique mirrors, stained timber wainscoting reflecting the rich colour palette, whilst the exterior remains classically Parisian.

The result is a sophisticated and refined restaurant interior appealing to their guest whilst maintaining the essence of their brand.

Brief
To design a high-quality French restaurant and bar with private dining, art gallery and entertainment lounge.

What is it?
On the Promenade Deck of MSC Grandiosa, L’Atelier Bistrot hosts 196 guests in the restaurant, bar and lounge offering contemporary French cuisines and cocktails.

The Design
The team designed the F&B experience from scratch, expanding from interior design, brand identity, signage and bespoke tableware to furniture, joinery units and artwork. The layout of the restaurant itself based on natural layout of an old French Neoclassical Manor, each room designed with distinguished elegance.

Entering through a grand antique metal and decorative glass canopy with a handmade mosaic floor, guests arrive at the statement zinc bar with brass metal upstands of ambient lighting. SMC designed the interior with a hand-painted fresco ceiling, antique mirrors, stained timber wainscoting reflecting the rich colour palette, whilst the exterior remains classically Parisian.

Moving through to the main dining space, guests are greeted with an elegant Maitre’D with a map of 1830 Paris and antique wine display showcasing the world’s finest.

The interior is enhanced by leather banquettes and free-standing bistro furniture providing mixed seating with a warm colour palette of coral red and soft sage green. The floor is a classic chic nero and blanco marble checked tiles to create an iconic French bistro that welcomes diners. Reeded glass panels are used to subtly divide the main dining area from the lounge, ensuring an intimate ambience is retained at all times with a mixture of low-level table lighting, ceiling lights and chandeliers to enhance the cozy
atmosphere.

The end product ultimately radiates a warm, relaxed and intimate restaurant interior through a collective and layered approach of styling and design. Bringing a sense of traditional French neighborhood bistro.

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