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Blue by Alain Ducasse



Blue by Alain Ducasse bring the art and elegance of French dining to ICONSIAM, Bangkok’s retail and leisure destination overlooking the Chao Phraya River. Developer Siam Piwat invited Ducasse to create a restaurant for this flagship development that would be quintessentially French, transporting guests to a world apart from the bustling Thai capital. Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku of Jouin Manku were entrusted with realising this vision through the restaurant’s interior spaces. 

At the outset of the project, Jouin and Manku began to explore the notion of ‘French’ in the global imagination that would capture its unique essence, quite removed from hackneyed clichés. They refined this to four core traits with which they could play: the bosquets or secluded gardens of the Château de Versailles, the rich and vibrant colour of royal blue, fashion and the art of pleated textiles, and the sparkle and lustre of the chandelier. As they began to consider the situation of the restaurant, occupying a glass-fronted pavilion overlooking the riverside, they also started to consider how they could bring guests on a journey, from the moment of entering the restaurant to encountering the magnificent expanse of the floor-to-ceiling views across Bangkok.
Beginning this journey, guests are drawn from the polished stone and glass surfaces of the luxury shopping mall into the welcoming enclosure of a wood-panelled lobby that gives just a hint of what lies beyond. They then move onwards into the lounge, an intimate space, utterly secluded from the world that they have left behind.
Here they are surrounded by wood and light, evoking the bosquet, a space of pleasure and privacy carved from nature. A screen of suspended lamps in walnut and brass encircles the space with a gentle vertical rhythm, suggesting an enchanted forest alive with the play of fireflies. A bronze mesh light feature that leads from the ceiling of the lobby through to the lounge casts dappled light as if falling through a canopy of trees.

From there guests either pass through to one of the two private dining rooms or continue into the main dining area, at which point the space opens up dramatically, revealing an elegant room of sumptuous royal blue, silver, and white, with the city of Bangkok laid out before them.

“This is France of the imagination, as it could only exist here in Bangkok. Creating a place that is clearly French and yet still makes sense on the other side of the world produced many moments of unexpected delight for us. We enjoyed exploring the differences and the commonalities between the two cultures and sought to infuse our designs with that sensibility, through to commissioning local craftspeople to realise our designs where possible.”
Patrick Jouin & Sanjit Manku - Jouin Manku

Versailles in Bangkok

From the lounge only a tantalising glimpse of the main dining area is offered – as they enter the room an intriguing glimmer of texture and sparkle reveals itself as a dazzling light installation suspended above: a stylised chandelier crafted from pleats of soft fabric, metal and cut glass fins, in an organic form that recalls a creature of the sea - not far away along the bends of the river - and suffuses the room with light and energy.

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Key figures

Area: 300m2

Covers: 130



Architectural concept, interior architecture and design   
Jouin Manku
Patrick Jouin
Sanjit Manku 
Jacques Goubin
Mickaël Gouret
Bruno Pimpanini
Ken Tchikaya

Architect of record

Main contractor
PIA Interior Company Ltd.


Lighting designer

Furniture Patrick Jouin iD
Voyons Voir

Ester, Pedrali (Main dining room & private dining room)
Louis, Porada (Lounge)

CraftmenMartin Hoontrakul (Lounge suspended lamps, and Main dining area chandelier))
Classic Chairs (Custom furniture)



2022: International French Design 100 award. 
2020: Best of Year Award Winners (BoY Award) - Interior Design (categorie Fine Dining). 


Blue by Alain Ducasse, Jouin Manku © Pierre Monetta
Blue by Alain Ducasse, Jouin Manku © W Workplace