A Culinary Experience with Craftsmanship at Center Stage
The sweeping 18th-century domes in the cellar of Moltkes Palæ in the heart of Copenhagen provide a dramatic setting for the newly renovated two-star Michelin restaurant AOC, where a sublime culinary experience awaits.
In line with the restaurant’s focus on local produce and impeccable artisanal cuisine, the architects at Spacon & X developed an interior and spatial design inspired by the rich agricultural heritage, beautiful meadows, flowering fields and green forests of Denmark.
HOLMRIS B8 was involved from day one, providing project management and technical drafting as well as supplying all furnishings and textiles, including custom designing nearly all fittings with the exception of the ceramics created by Atelier 1991, the sculptural lamp in the lounge area crafted by FOS, and the brass lamps made by Spacon & X.
Interiors with Sensory Appeal
A visit to Restaurant AOC is a treat not just for the palate but for the eyes as well. Every aspect of the interior design boasts the finest wood, brass, fabrics and ceramics, championing meticulous attention to detail and traditional craftsmanship. In the lounge area, visitors are welcomed with aperitifs and snacks in intimate surroundings featuring artisanal wood walls, ceilings and benches softened with plush drapery.
The special ambiance also embraces the dining area where HOLMRIS B8 provided the artisan-crafted welcome desk and shelving as well as the bespoke statement lighting fixture fashioned as a sculptural mobile. The loose furnishings are Danish design classics – from Børge Mogensen’s Spanish Chair in the lounge area to the dining chairs from Brdr. Krüger.
The devotion to detail and traditional craftsmanship is remarkable. The ornamental brass inlays in the woodwork are inspired by nature and the produce that is the culinary focal point, while framed embroidered floral motifs are featured in each window. Selected shelving units and tall chairs the dining area feature inserts of Organoid, a product made from pressed straw, flowers and grasses, and even the restrooms are designed to appeal to the senses with walls clad in ceramic, hand basins made from distinctive Japanese Yuki tiles and handmade brass fittings.
Restaurant AOC reopened in February 2023 and was longlisted for the 2023 Dezeen Awards in the “Restaurant and bar interior” category.