Montreux Jazz Café

An aesthetic marriage of chalet chic and an elegant retail spave brings musical heritage to London’s premium department store.

  • Montreux Jazz Café
  • Montreux Jazz Café
  • Montreux Jazz Café

The first Montreux Jazz Café in the UK was fitted out by Portview on the third floor of Knightsbridge’s most prestigious department store. 

The project involved stripping back three existing retail units to their original shells to make space for the new Montreux Jazz Café as well as two smaller shops - the Montreux Jazz Shop and a unit offering an exclusive line of official Montreux Jazz Festival products. 

The design concept was developed by Portland Design Associates and inspired by a Swiss chalet owned by Montreux Jazz Festival founder, Claude Nobs, as well as the unique musical heritage of the festival. 

A significant proportion of the fit out was bespoke including a stainless steel serving counter, granite clad fireplace and a chilled display unit and all of the work was completed while the department store continued to trade as normal including a customer walkway running through the site that had to remain open throughout the build. 

Some of the work such as installing new air conditioning units and lighting had to therefore take place out of store hours to ensure that this remained presentable and accessible for customers. 

  • Client: Montreaux Jazz International SA
  • Location: Knightsbridge London
  • Size: 279 sq m
  • Timescale: 12 weeks
  • Designer: Portland Design Associates
  • Budget: £1.1m

“Fitting out in a live retail environment is always a challenge but Portview managed to complete all the work on time and to a very high standard. The result is an absolutely beautiful new café.”

Laurent Buri, Chief Operating Officer, Montreux Jazz International SA

Montreaux Jazz Cafe

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