DesignLSM have recently completed work on the launch of Demoiselle by Galvin in Dubai’s newest urban living destination - CITY WALK 2.
Demoiselle by Galvin is the latest venture from Michelin-starred chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin. The concept expands upon their flagship restaurant located within Harrods department store, London. Galvin have worked in conjunction with Meraas to bring their first outpost to the Middle East.
The 6,039 sqft restaurant is set across two floors featuring an artisan patisserie counter, juice bar, modern tea parlour and two intimate terrace spaces, which offer patrons resplendent views across CITY WALK 2. The concept behind Demoiselle by Galvin was originally inspired by a charming chateau that Chris stumbled across on a trip to Champagne. Inside the art deco building he discovered an ornate collection of paintings illustrating beautiful birds of paradise and decadent Parisian women adorned in a feminine pastel-hued palette.
Our brief was to encapsulate this notion into the interior and branding of the scheme; creating a stylish all-day dining destination that would predominantly appeal to ladies within the area. There are two prominent entrances into the space, one which leads guests to the enticing bakery display where they can sample and take-away a delectable array of homemade cakes, breads and pastries; the other upstairs to the luxurious serving parlour named ‘Salon de Thé'.
The downstairs café provides a sophisticated and relaxed environment with a unique blend of casual seating including luxurious leather banquettes, upholstered dining chairs and intimate bar stools which are set against an impressive open kitchen counter offering guests the chance to experience an avid sense of culinary theatre. A fresh palette of dusty pinks and hues of mint green conjure an air of understated elegance with aged mirror screens and herringbone oak flooring bringing in a more traditional feel.
Scattered across the ceiling is a stunning array of vast geometric pendant lights and frosted antique glass globes helping to highlight the beautiful bespoke finishes such as the brass-trimmed marble topped tables. The grand staircase leading diners upstairs is enriched by an arresting double height panel mirror and glass display cabinet showcasing a beautiful vintage collection of tea and coffee pots. The top of the stairs is dressed with an exquisite hanging garden wall high lit by low-hanging lights.
In contrast to the downstairs, the modern tea parlour has a more refined and elevated feel with a stunning decorative ceiling displaying Victorian bird illustrations. The botanical essence carries through into the material palette of the luxurious furnishings complimented by bespoke brass lights and a traditional tea counter ready to serve Galvin’s famous afternoon tea delights.
Our branding team created a unique identity for the restaurant using striking bird illustrations to enhance the feminine roots of the ‘Demoiselle’ design.
The opulent gold and green colour palette applied in the packaging, print collateral and website were developed to compliment the overall interior scheme, creating an integrated visual experience for the Galvin customer. DesignLSM are proud of their long-standing relationship with the Galvin Brothers working closely with them over the years on numerous projects including the launch of Demoiselle in Harrods in 2012. We are privileged to help them add a new global element to their ever-expanding portfolio. “Demoiselle by Galvin is a beautiful scheme and certainly stands out as a very elegant site in CITY WALK 2. Many local restaurateurs, customers old and new are all unanimous in their praise of the layout and beautiful design, voting it a resounding success.”