Poissonnerie NÉMEAU reinventing a walk on the bottom of the sea.

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One recognizes with the recent Némeau project the unique signature of Jean de Lessard, creative designers who was inspired for his space exploration of the place by the adventure novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

POISSONNERIE NEMEAU Interior design by Jean de Lessard

Like his client, the interior designer Jean de Lessard takes a fresh look at the traditional fish market through his own atypical lens: “I approached this project from the ‘vintage’ viewpoint of Jules Verne, but through a time line between today and tomorrow”. The brand image of the store is in fact based on this pioneering spirit.

Located in Lévis, on the south shore of Québec City, the fish market offers customers to discover the fish products differently, by providing them with a unique ‘promenade-shopping’. The concept of adding value to products through exploration is the main theme of a rather unusual design which aims to be a journey of the senses around displays brimming with fresh products. “It facilitates interactions between staff and customers and adds a distinctive touch to the collective experience; shopping becomes enjoyable even in such a small space“, notes Jean de Lessard.

POISSONNERIE NEMEAU Interior design by Jean de Lessard

Shades of emerald and sapphire

Ice floes-displays are randomly articulated around circulation axes, inviting gazes and a gourmand inspection of their content. These stylized cooling systems topped with asymmetric glass cases were custom designed in the way of jewelry boxes. They are made in Corian®, a resistant composite material low in VOC. They required months of hard work, bringing together a team of specialists of Corian®, lobster tank, refrigeration, IT management and talented glassmakers. Back to a recurring idea in the novel: the promenade.

The sculptural glass ceiling, with a prismatic shape and tones is illustrating its underwater magic, becoming a form representation of the refraction of natural light. The key aspect of this element is the extraordinary bookcase aboard the Nautilus that Jean de Lessard has conceptualized and successfully integrated in his design. In one fluid motion, the striking honeycomb ceiling becomes a sweeping tsunami of shelves. This is a simple, practical and ingenious way to maximize the store area surface. Moreover, the nautical theme is also brought into play.

“The white and gray ceramic tiling is reminiscent of the slats of hardwood of a boat’s deck,” concludes the designer. In this dynamic and minimalist space, the combination of horizontal and vertical lines and transparency brings to mind the emptiness and fullness within the depths of the sea. Thus, the oblong-shape ethereal lighting, like some abstract vegetation suspended in space, are balancing the denser shapes on the floor.

POISSONNERIE NEMEAU Interior design by Jean de Lessard

Jean de Lessard
With more than 25 years of experience, Montreal designer Jean de Lessard has designed numerous interiors, particularly in the commercial and deluxe residential sectors. His firm’s eclectic skills have led them to work on spaces of a diversity of vocations including hotels, restaurants, offices, drugstores and boutiques. Jean de Lessard, creative designers is one of the world’s pioneers of the creative development of individuals and societies in office development. In the past months, the firm is a laureate of the Montreal’s Grands Prix de design, the Iconic Awards in Munich and the Interior Design’s Best of Year Awards in NYC.

Winning prestigious prizes from the Association of Retail Environment in Chicago, the projects have also won the firm awards from the International Property Awards in London.

Branding Strategy Carole Vézina
Marketing Tonik stratégie
Creative direction Lebeau&Lebon
Design Jean de Lessard designers créatifs
Contractor Les Entreprises FBL
Corian® Summum Granit

Refrigeration manufacturer Les Entreprises Dauphinais inc.
Computer system RH Solutions Informatiques
Lobster tank Vivier des Îles
Glass and bookcase Verrerie Coquelicot
ceramic tile, metal, Corian® and glass

Area 430 sq.f
Photos courtesy © Francois Laliberté, Imagicom
by AN shopfitting magazine ©