Québec artists and artisans
The sense of the object
Laurie Raphaël's menu highlights fresh local ingredients and the restaurant itself is an entirely Québecois experience. Talented Québec artists and artisans produced everything at the table, in the decor and on the menu – from the recycled fur decorating the walls to the cleanly designed dishes and crockery. They brought our vision to life.
Jean-Pierre Viau is responsible for designing the comfortable, modern interior, a multipurpose environment that perfectly balances sensuality with the charms of Québec's diverse cultures.
Fine dining begins on the plate. We wanted tableware, with clean, delicate lines. We were lucky to be able to work with expert craftspersons. Our plates are the perfect combination of earth and water, whimsy and practicality.
Introducing the creative team.
Our exclusive tableware collection was created and designed by Pascale Girardin, Kathleen Proulx and Koen De Winter, ceramists; Judith Dubord, glass artist; Olivier Doray and Martin Leclerc, cabinet makers.
For Pascale, art must be practical. For this committed ceramist, creation is an intimate relationship with the material. She designed several table accessories for Laurie Raphaël: centrepieces, saltshakers, plates, plancha, origami, poutine plates and the hanging lights that surround the service counter. A native from Québec City, Pascale currently works in the Laurentians and is highly regarded as a caterer.
With her endless creative energy, Kathleen was responsible for designing, casting and pressing eight models for Laurie Raphaël's dishes (more than 900 pieces). It was a massive undertaking, but Kathleen was up to the task, along with her colleagues: Richard Lambert, professional moulder, and his two assistants, Nicolas Coulombe and Karine Blanchet. The students at Maison des métiers d’art de Québec and their director, Mr. Noël, also deserve a special thank you for their valuable participation.
Koen De Winter
Born in Antwerp, Koen De Winter has adopted Québec as his home. This internationally recognized designer has a number of prestigious awards and exhibitions to his credit and is the only representative of Québec whose works are on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In recent years, he returned to ceramics, designing pieces as a tribute to Daniel Vézina's creations. http://www.atelier-orange.com/
Judith Dubord, talented glass artist and glazier, was behind our collection of glass dinnerware, and was a source of inspiration for our cooks. www.judithdubord.com
A cabinetmaker and designer for many years, Martin Leclerc is passionate about his work. He designed and created exquisite wooden articles exclusively for Laurie Raphaël: bottle coasters, cork trays and centerpiece trays.
Olivier designed several wooden articles for Laurie Raphaël, such as cocktail buffet trays and lovely fleur de sel spoons. You can find more information about this artist at http://www.letempsdescigales.com/.
A fashion designer and founder of the famous Harricana brand, Mariouche specializes in recycling natural materials (particularly fur and silk). She designed the recycled fur wall hangings in the entrance, as well as some of the table accessories, including our famous fur covered napkin rings. http://www.harricana.qc.ca/
Marie-Renée's creative centerpieces are made from used recycled utensils. Marie-Renée is fascinated by decorative arts and takes a very personal approach to her work. You can change the purpose of things. Redesign it and something useless will turn into something useful.