Ala Champ
 
00:00/

NODE HOTEL

In Kyoto, Feel As Though You're Inside An Art Collectors Home

INVISIBLE MEN

The Largest-Ever Exhibition Devoted to Menswear Is Currently on Display in London

“TRACK & FIELD” C/O VIRGIL ABLOH

We Speak To Creative Agency CONVOY Behind The Podium-Worthy Project

SUPERLABO

Tokyo's Finest Photo Publisher Opens Their New Showroom & Gallery

Yurbban Trafalgar Hotel

The Design Hotel in Barcelona Delivers with Practical Luxury and Minimalist Decor

GWANGJU DESIGN BIENNALE

Deciphering The Complex Meaning of 'Humanity'

Flushing Meadows Hotel & Bar

Munich’s Only Design Hotel for the Independent & Savvy Traveller

“Figures of Speech” at the MCA Chicago

Virgil Abloh's First Museum Exhibition Portrays Creativity and Consumption in the 21st Century

NEW FOUND FORM

The New DJ Duo Joining The Dots Between London's Diverse Music Scene

ON MOUNTAIN HUT

An Ode to On’s Beginnings, A Sustainable Mountain Hut Found in the Swiss Alps 2,500 Metres Up

JULIA CHIANG

The Brooklyn-based Artist Explores the Ambiguous Complexities of Life With Vibrant Optimism

THE TAVERNIST

Undefinable & Undeniably Good Contemporary Fine Dining in Taipei

THE OKURA TOKYO

Reinventing The Past, Yoshio Taniguchi Creates An Impressive New Era

LINE LA

The Leading LA Hotel Celebrating Its Location, Creative Network and Perfect Refurbishment of an Architectural Masterpiece

ZIA

Emerging Chef Antonio Ziantoni Is Transforming Rome's Contemporary Fine Dining Culture

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka Main Lounge

A 1973-Designed Lounge With An Indoor Flowing River & Cumulus Glass Ceiling

Patrick Roger

The Fine Art Of Chocolate In Saint Germain Des Pres

August, 2018
Patrick Roger Boutique, Saint Germain des Pres, Paris

Chocolatier, alchemist, sculptor. Today, there is a whole new definition for someone transforming the potential of an edible material into a multi-disciplinary expression.

Paris-based artist and master chocolatier Patrick Roger is essentially an artist using chocolate as his medium to not only create what is found edible in his boutique stores, but what is also found collectible in a gallery or art auction listing house. Himself an eccentric and youthful character, he exudes an unstoppable energy and one that can be likened to his own approach to an undefinable work that he expresses is, “A never-ending voyage to the sources of nature.” From 16 years of age, he worked alongside Europe’s finest pastry chefs and chocolatiers before starting his own business in 1996, and in 2000, was named Best French Chocolatier (Meilleur Ouvrier de France).

How does one create an equally intriguing interior and retail experience to match the product? In a darkened and immersive interior, the focus is on the brightly-coloured products in his Saint Germain des Pres boutique, acting like both a store and gallery presenting both his products and works as art pieces in themselves. It brings a whole new appreciation to the craft from the humble cocoa bean.

Roger’s hand-carved and hand-sculpted works in his signature material (chocolate) extends to being further cast into bronze or aluminium works. Exhibiting globally, Roger also makes sense to present his works in his boutique. Past exhibitions include Primates (2016) in his own Parisian boutiques, to Christie’s France in Paris (2017), and 21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo (2018).

With now 9 other boutiques found in Paris, and one in Brussels, find his classic Rochers Praline with roasted almonds, to truffles or candied chestnuts. Key favourites include Earl Grey tea praline, or his iconic Hemispheres in Amazone (lime caramel), Rafale (vinegar and raisin caramel) and Sauvage (yuzu, verbena and lemongrass ganache).

Patrick Roger Boutique, Saint Germain des Pres, Paris
Patrick Roger, Chocolatier | Photographed in his Kitchen Laboratory (2012)
Patrick Roger Boutique, Saint Germain des Pres, Paris
Patrick Roger Boutique, Saint Germain des Pres, Paris
Caramel Peche | Patrick Roger Boutique, Saint Germain des Pres, Paris
Desir | Patrick Roger Boutique, Saint Germain des Pres, Paris
Rafale Jaune | Patrick Roger Boutique, Saint Germain des Pres, Paris

Patrick Roger
108, boulevard Saint-Germain,
75006 Paris

Amandes | Patrick Roger Boutique, Saint Germain des Pres, Paris
Tablette | Patrick Roger Boutique, Saint Germain des Pres, Paris
August, 2018