It was on the initiative of Ettore Bugatti that La Fourchette des Ducs was born. Looking for a site to welcome his clients, he encouraged his friends Lucien Weissenburger, Charles Spindler and René Lalique to combine their efforts and talents to create a new building, the Clos Sainte Odile.
Ettore Bugatti chose to establish his factory in Molsheim in 1906, at the heart of the Bas-Rhin region. This automotive pioneer is inseparable from the worlds of art, culture and a certain way of living. Also, to welcome his clients in the nicest possible way, he asked his friends Lucien Weissenburger, Charles Spindler and René Lalique to design an exceptional location. From there the Clos Sainte Odile was born, which would become La Fourchette des Ducs.
Lucien Weissenburger was the owner of the Piémont des Vosges wine estate. He was responsible for creating the building named the Clos Sainte Odile, linked with the name of the field nearby.
The work of Charles Spindler is considered by many to be the source of Alsatian identity. The man was a writer, an artist, a painter, a photographer and above all, a marquetry expert. His Rhineland art nouveau style is reflected in the building's frontage with sculpted framework around the theme of wine, and inside exceptional woodwork which you can rediscover on each visit.
An artisan and artist, a manufacturer and creator, René Lalique has marked the world of decoration. His works are found in the carriages of the Orient Express or the rooms of the 1st class of the Normandy liner for example. Here, he designed tailored lamps and objects which are not found anywhere else. The Winter room has even more examples which are not to be missed.Book a table
A certain rarity in the restaurant world, La Fourchette des Ducs changes location depending on the season. In the summer, Nicolas Stamm and Serge Schaal invites you into a room decorated with Baccarat works or those of the artist Marc Petit; during winter, you can dive into a room full of history, in the footsteps of Ettore Bugatti and marked by the presence of René Lalique.
The Winter Room at La Fourchette des Ducs is certainly not a museum. However this room is full of interesting history which has marked the region. This room, which is now listed in the additional inventory of Historic Monuments, is evidence of the building designed by Ettore Bugatti, baptised Clos Sainte Odile on its birth and then La Fourchette des Ducs later on. With its Charles Spindler-designed marquetry and its lamps and items specially designed by René Lalique, the room's atmosphere uncovers a warm harmony where you can easily imagine the spirit of celebrations during the Roaring Twenties, cradled by the gentle warmth of a ceramic stove and the shimmer of numerous candles.
In the Summer Room, facing the large terrace where an aperitif can be enjoyed in the bright atmosphere, the natural light bounces off the Arik Lévy Baccarat crystal. In some recesses, the works of the Spanish artist Jaime Hayon play with reflections and work in harmony with the precious items on the table. In a slightly different room, an Aubusson tapestry by Marc Petit draws the eye (the owners themselves state that the entire room was designed around it). The tone is set. If it needs to be proven, the decoration here is used as an example: tradition and contemporary art blend together perfectly. Balance, harmony, thoughtfulness are the key words highlighted here, effortlessly.
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Fourchette des Ducs restaurant
Tuesday to Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon.
Contact us by telephone from 10am to 8pm Tuesday to Saturday and from 9am to 5pm on Sunday. You can also contact us via the booking form.here.
LA FOURCHETTE DES DUCS