“Illusion is the first of all pleasures”* – a quote which perfectly describes the very first impression of Anton Mosimann, OBE, that Omid Louie had when he met the chef a little over a year ago, having been appointed as the designer and interior architect for The Mosimann Collection by Florent Rondez, CEO of Swiss Education Group.
Visiting Mosimann’s dining club in London, Louie had the feeling that Chef Mosimann was an extremely passionate, devoted person and a complete master of his craft, who is able to create a memorable experience for each visitor.
When sketching out the concept of The Mosimann Collection, Omid Louie already had an idea of the colours he would use, going back to his initial impressions and the notion that Anton Mosimann’s entire world is red and black, with a touch of yellow. He used these three colours in all of the furniture that was chosen while keeping in mind that the space will be used by culinary arts students to read and study the extensive collection of menus and books. At the same time, Louie wanted the space to have a whimsical feel about it and to bring out the child in each visitor, trying to make the space as interactive as possible while still giving an ode to chef Mosimann’s passions. For example, he has a love for the Asian continent and Louie translated this by displaying gold medals in mobile cubes, inspired by Tibetan prayer wheels.
The exhibition enables visitors to experience chef Mosimann’s professional and personal life. The ground floor welcomes visitors with a short biography. One of the first exhibits that the visitor comes acrossis the menu from the Mosimann’s own wedding. Visitors are guided through the most important stages of his life, from the early days, to his time at The Dorchester, to when he was entertaining kings, queens, heads of state, and politicians along with numerous show business personalities, and lastly when he worked for the British Royal Family
“The fact that this collection is linked to a school greatly influenced a majority of my decision making. The collection is essentially a timeline of chef Mosimann’s life which students can experience firsthand, offering them an incomparable learning tool”, commented Omid Louie.
The students from Swiss Education Group’s five different schools are able to physically see the menus which chef Mosimann created throughout his career. They can learn from the recipes and menus in over 6,000 books going back more than five centuries, all of which have been made available to Swiss Education Group by Anton Mosimann. He also has an impressive archive of personal working documents which are on display in the library.
Swiss Education Group will hold a series of courses in the exhibition area giving their students a truly unique experience. In addition to this being an educational space, it can also host banquets in light of the minimalistic feel.