Reine & La Rue brings modern French dining to life by seamlessly blending historic detailing with contemporary materiality, introducing warmth, texture, and subtle tonal variations. The design intent was to evoke the grandeur and drama of the heritage site while crafting a warm and intimate dining experience. Embracing a concept of parallels, the design skilfully preserves and references the building’s features and materiality through nuanced elements in joinery profiles, flooring composition, and finishes.
Despite the dining room's historical context, Reine & La Rue exudes a modern mood and ambience. The original gothic arches, vaulted ceilings, solid granite columns, mosaic floors, limestone walls, marble dado, and stained-glass windows endure, yet collaboration with contemporary Australian designers like Adam Goodrum and Lucy Roleff propels the space into 2023.
When asked why they selected the Adam Goodrum Molloy chair from CULT’s in-house design brand – nau – for this remarkable hospitality project, Rebecca explained, “Part of NOMAD Group's ethos is Australian products, design, produce, wine - I could go on and on! And when you have such an elegant all-timber dining chair, which we love, we couldn't go past Adam's Molloy chair. The attention to detail, the pared-back elegance, the curves. So so elegant. And we sat in A LOT of chairs...”