Moored to the bow of Monaco’s Yacht Club in a building designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster, this fine foods deli with one of the best wine cellars in Europe was designed by the Humbert & Poyet firm as a timeless luxury setting. The Monaco concept store borrows from luxury merchandising to showcase its premium products.
The maritime metaphor is never far away with the choice of materials which are deliciously reminiscent of ferries’ low-key luxury in the 30s. The décor features opulent wood in a variety of natural, black and ash oak paved with bronze for a modern twist serving as a showcase for the 2300 bottles displayed on the ground floor.
But the grand crus are tucked away from prying eyes behind a glass and bronze door. Interior design gives pride of place to Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet’s signature quality materials with black marble inlaid flooring, Versailles parquet, and copper inserts.
Serious foodies are invited onto the top deck to settle into a gentlemen’s club-style tasting area with burgundy banquettes to sample incredible products. A private lounge opens onto a lush terrace with eye-catching, colorful furniture and fabulous views of the yachts and Prince’s Palace.
Two architects, Emil Humbert, and Christophe Poyet joined forces to form Humbert & Poyet. The design and fashion enthusiasts decided to pool their skills to provide a full range of services from construction to interior design. They both studied in Paris, the former as a state-qualified architect (Paris-Belleville National School of Architecture graduate) and the latter as a CFAI interior designer (Académie Charpentier graduate). It all began in 2007 when Emil Humbert, from Paris, opened his architecture firm and Christophe Poyet, from Monaco, had just graduated.
Humbert & Poyet was founded a year after they first met: “It was natural, I instantly knew we’d work together,” says Emil Humbert. Their projects focus on elegant and meticulous designs to create timeless spaces using premium materials such as stone, wood, and bronze. Naturally, the most important thing is to reflect the client’s personality and respect the soul of the site.
Humbert & Poyet put their stamp on public worksites with their expert choice of materials, lighting design or their ability to showcase the interior and set the scene for the client to take center stage.
“We communicate constantly throughout a project. Our symbiosis forms the foundations of our projects and ensures the space that we’ve imagined works,” says Christophe Poyet.
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