A legendary chef in the court of the Sun King: Alain Ducasse runs the restaurant Ore on the first floor of the Pavilion Dufour in one of the wings of the château in Versailles – and serves up contemporary French cuisine with ingredients from the palace’s royal gardens. Architects Dominique Perrault and Frédéric Didier, who were appointed to redesign the pavilion, knew full well that exquisite dishes can best be enjoyed in a stylish atmosphere and on comfortable seatings. The Baroque rooms with an inlaid parquet floor and paneled walls now feature a modern touch: Pedrali’s organically shaped "Ester" armchairs in aluminum and leather, designed by Patrick Jouin.
Inside the armchairs there’s an upholstery layer of polyurethane foam with elastic belts on a steel structure. After an extended tour of the marvelous palace grounds, you’ll no doubt love relaxing on these pleasing seats. Another key factor for elegance: the length of the leather covers, which run down to the bottom-most section of the die-casted aluminum legs. In dark purple and beige, these harmonize with the gold used in the former royal residence and which recurs on the surfaces of the tables and the window shutters. (am)