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Revamp for Belvedere Restaurant
November 3, 2014   
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The Belvedere, one of the most beautiful and exclusive restaurants in Warsaw, has been given a makeover courtesy of Boris Kudlicka, an internationally acclaimed set designer for Warsaw’s National Opera.

For almost 20 years, the Belvedere has been housed in the glassed New Orangery building in the heart of the Royal £azienki Park, one of Warsaw’s best known landmarks. This park-and-palace complex was founded in the 18th century by Stanis³aw II August, the last king of Poland, who hired the best architects and designers of his time. The New Orangery was added in the second half of the 19th century to accommodate the park’s greenhouse plant collection.

The new interior design of the restaurant was entrusted to a top contemporary talent—Boris Kudlicka, who has made a name for himself as a set designer working with operas and theaters around the world. Kudlicka has turned the restaurant into a masterpiece of modern design that counterpoints its historic setting.

The revamp of the Belvedere restaurant is part of a larger effort to restore the £azienki park to its former splendor, according to Anna Wo¼niak-Starak, the owner of the Belvedere Gourmet Group, which owns the restaurant. “This is an important effort that is focused not only on respecting the history of the park but also on creating something new,” said Wo¼niak-Starak.

A key feature inside the restaurant is a set of decorative racks of weathering steel designed to support plants. The racks are a kind of minimalist depiction of natural plants and blend in with the lush green of the surrounding vegetation. The Belvedere’s bar is in the heart of the restaurant with a moss-covered wall right behind it. Made of white Corian material, the bar forms an intriguing, sculpture-like whole with the rust-red weathering steel and the plants on the walls. Amid the green crowns of exotic trees the Belvedere has six new mezzanines with cozy, nest-like balconies. The foyer, in turn, is lined with panels of exotic wood and huge mirrors. All this creates a dialogue between architecture, nature and modern design.

The Belvedere restaurant is part of the Belvedere Gourmet Group, which every year earmarks part of its revenues for the renovation of historic sites in the Royal £azienki Park.

The Belvedere is well known across Europe. Its guests over the years have included royalty, diplomats, famous businessmen and artists including U.S. President Barack Obama, Queen Sofia of Spain, Hillary Clinton, Mick Jagger, Roman Polanski, Bob Geldof, Bruce Springsteen and Chris de Burgh.

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