Veuve Clicquot, the iconic Champagne House, announces the return of its immersive Solaire Lounge at Downtown Design in Dubai, set to open from 8th to 11th November. This year, the lounge unveils a captivating theme inspired by an extraordinary maritime discovery: 47 Veuve Clicquot bottles, recovered from a 19th-century shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. Preserved for nearly two centuries due to the ocean’s low temperatures and absence of light, these well-preserved bottles have ignited the Maison’s imagination and set the tone for this year’s lounge concept
In line with Downtown Design’s 2023 focus on harmonising indoor spaces with elements from the great outdoors and appreciating the necessity of our natural surroundings, the Solaire Lounge brings forth a theme rooted in the depths of the sea. The maritime essence is subtly woven throughout the lounge, elegantly balancing earthy natural tones with a marine theme that captures the imagination
The lounge, located inside the Downtown Design fair on the d3 Waterfront Terrace, in Dubai Design District (d3), offers a stunning view of both Dubai Creek and the iconic Burj Khalifa. Drawing inspiration from the relaxed elegance of coastal cities, the outdoor sun terrace boasts the popular summer game ‘pétanque’, inviting visitors to experience the charm of seaside leisure. The Solaire Lounge has been designed in collaboration with C’est Ici Design, a Dubai based interdisciplinary design studio known for its unique philosophy of creating personalized spaces by embracing imperfect beauty and combining unexpected elements. It showcases a seamless fusion of geometric profiles and bold proportions inspired by cliffside villages of the Baltic. Softened with curves, warm lighting, and natural materials, the indoor and outdoor spaces provide an inviting ambiance for all.
One Life Kitchen & Café, Dubai’s sophisticated bistro also located in d3, has meticulously curated an elegant pairing menu for guests to relish while enjoying a glass Veuve Clicquot. Indulge in culinary delights such as compressed watermelon and quinoa, burrata, smoked chicken tacos, and beef carpaccio. Additionally, a pop-up oyster bar on the terrace serves fresh oysters from Dibba Bay, providing a taste of the local maritime bounty
Speaking about the inspiration behind the theme, Jean-Marc Gallot at Veuve Clicquot, said: “The discovery of these remarkably preserved 19th-century Veuve Clicquot bottles from the Baltic Sea is a testament to the enduring legacy of our Champagne. This extraordinary find has not only fascinated us but also provided the muse for this year’s Solaire Lounge. By blending history, innovation, and the natural world, we aim to transport our guests into the depths of the ocean and the heart of nature. We invite everyone to join us on this unique journey and experience its magic.”
Inspired by an extraordinary maritime discovery blended by history, innovation, and the natural world, Veuve Clicquot invites everyone to enjoy this unique journey.
Solaire Lounge – Cellar in the Sea by Veuve Clicquot is open to the public on Thursday, 9th November from 12pm to 8pm, Friday 10th November from 12pm to 8pm and Saturday, 11th November from 12pm to 6pm. A press preview takes place on Wednesday, 8th November from 12pm to 2pm. Guests must register for complimentary tickets by visiting downtowndesign.com