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Around Europe with Villeroy & Boch

With jetset season upon us, we travel through Europe highlighting the hotels and restaurants that feature premium tableware from Villeroy & Boch

Maritime and Sublime: Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc
Eden Roc rises like a castle over the cliffs of the French Riviera. The mansion was built in 1863 as a private residence for French writers. Fifty years later the creative class had discovered the place for themselves, as guests including Marlene Dietrich, Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso attended this maritime retreat. Today, Eden Roc is still a popular destination among fans of the Mediterranean Coast and also for gourmets. It is impossible to imagine this place without the tailor-made products from Villeroy & Boch, which feature sea and maritime motifs and blue and green decorative edges. In addition red, white and gold products are used for room service and golden jubilee plates were made exclusively for the hotel’s the 100th birthday in 2014.

Scandinavian Style: Bobergs Matsal
Bobergs Matsal is the second restaurant from young Swedish culinary star Björn Frantzén. The restaurant is located in the midst of the famed Nordiska Kompaniet (NK) department store in Stockholm, Sweden. In just a few short months the restaurant has become one of the most popular locales for a business lunch or a champagne interlude among stylish Scandinavians. Villeroy & Boch was the primary supplier of crockery, glass, cutlery and accessories in the restaurant, and worked closely with Frantzén on developing the design. A delicate, timeless geometric design with various shades of grey was created on premium crockery collections such as the classic Anmut. The glasses from the Purismo collection and the Kreuzband cutlery stylishly round off the table settings.

Bathing with a spectacular view of Amsterdam
The Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel, an exclusive five star hotel built in a heritage-listed crane that was designed by a team of IAA Architects, sits in the former NDSM shipyard in northern Amsterdam. The bathrooms in the three luxury suites, which rise 115-147 feet above the ground, are fitted with bathroom ceramics from Villeroy & Boch’s Loop&Friends and Aveo collections. Additionally, Villeroy & Boch’s La Belle and Squaro Edge 12 baths were installed as real eye catchers and a Sport X outdoor whirlpool tub sits on an outdoor deck 164 above ground. And in the restaurant, guests eat from fine Villeroy & Boch tableware.

Cool and stylish all at once: Nobelhart & Schmutzig in Berlin
Nobelhart & Schmutzig, a new restaurant collaboration between Billy Wagner (restaurateur and multiple recipient of sommelier of the year) and chef Micha Schäfer, is a modern eatery with a unique concept. The idea behind the overall concept at the restaurant is to show people the wide variety of products available in Berlin and in the immediate surroundings while also providing support to the producers in the area. The restrooms in Nobelhart & Schmutzig use products from the Villeroy & Boch Architectura collection.

Doubly beautiful decor: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
No other city presents a starker contrast between modernity and antiquity than Jerusalem. The latest addition to the historical city is the new Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem. Behind the meticulously restored 80-year-old hotel façade are 226 rooms and suites, two gourmet restaurants, a bar, and a tea room. The wonderfully sculpted façade served as inspiration for the six Villeroy & Boch decors on the establishment’s premium crockery - which are, of course, suitable for kosher meals. Dairy products are served with a blue-beige decor with delicate ornaments while meat dish decor has wonderful beige stripes.

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