Project Name: Chef’s Table

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Date Completed: March 2019

Interior Designer: dwp

Architect: dwp

Hotel Group: lebua Hotels & Resorts

Construction Company: Weapons Decoration Co., Ltd

Chef’s Table places the art of cooking at the very heart of the sumptuous dining experience. Double leaf burl hand-polished veneer doors are the entry point into the dramatic double height restaurant where guests float in the night sky.

Seating is arranged in intimate semi-circles while directly focusing on chef’s creations. The room features hand-tufted broadloom carpets in creme, hand-painted gilded wallpaper and rich veneer. The ethereal atmosphere is completed by a large curved mural recreating Monet’s magical watercolour ‘Lilies of Giverny’. Circular bay windows allow the panoramic Bangkok skyline to flood into booths that were constructed around the original balcony design. Guests feel they are floating above Bangkok.

Central to the space and concept is the actual Chef’s Table; a Molteni Stove in cream and brass. Above the chefs, a state-of-the-art Halton ventilation system not only extracts all cooking odours but forms a golden stupa above the chefs and echoes the grand Chateaux kitchens designed by a Thai sculptor. Engineers from Meinhardt and Halton ventilation specialists, worked closely with dwp, to develop this highly efficient system. The site – an existing building with limited access – required most parts be assembled on site; piece by piece. In the end it took almost a month to complete the installation, testing and commissioning. The stove is wrapped by crescent counters carved from, no less than Michelangelo’s favourite, Carrara marble.

Delicate illuminated light drops bring the stars of Bangkok inside the room. The colour palette of taupe, cream and champagne bronze ensure the cuisine remains the star of the show. A perfect balance of contemporary design and luxurious dining experience. An exclusive private dining room has burl panelled walls, an oval Carrara table and elegant crystal lighting. dwp’s design celebrates the art of creation; moving far beyond the concept of ‘open kitchen’.