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World's Coolest Futuristic Buildings: Sur Mesure

Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, Paris

Sur Mesure, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Paris

This Michelin-starred Franco-Asian restaurant (whose names means “tailor made”) is a starkly beautiful white-on-white canvas that designers Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku claim pays homage to haute couture. Before its opening in 2011, artist Heidi Winge Ström was called in to layer draped fabric on the walls and ceiling, creating the effect of dining inside a cocoon or a bank of clouds. The beautiful blank canvas effect is all the better to focus attention on chef Thierry Marx’s dramatic, playful nine-course tasting menu. All that white puts us in mind of sci-fi movie visions of the future, too.


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