From Saturday, October 14, the Casino de Monte-Carlo opens to the public its “Lets Fall in Diamonds” installation in the Atrium and Rotunda.
Pascal Camia, Managing Director of Gaming of Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, said, “Anyone entering the Casino can enjoy this new and memorable experience. Whether they are a well-seasoned player or a novice, we wanted to make it a living, surprising and memorable place.”
A creation of Belgian designer and architect Charles Kaisin, the 1400m2 exhibit is a replica of an apartment, which includes 600 remodelled pieces that have been camouflaged entirely in red and white diamond fabric, a reference to Monaco’s coat of arms, the Princely family and the gambling universe.
Mr Camia added, “Inviting Art to our gaming tables was an obvious choice. The Casino’s entrance – the Atrium – is a strategic place and a spectacular entrance into the unique universe of Gaming, Monte-Carlo style.”
The installation, open daily from 10 am and free to visit, includes a bedroom, salon, dining area, and even a bathroom. People are invited to come here to read, to take a photo, or have a drink from the bar (a glass of champagne costs a reasonable €15, a glass of wine €7, and a coke €5). Spend an afternoon trying to count how many diamonds are included in the exhibit and you could win a 2-night stay at the Hermitage.
“Ninety percent of the pieces we used came from the casino, and the rest from and SBM hotels and restaurants,” Mr Kaisin told Monaco Life. “We gave them a new life and they create joy, excitement and fear – just some of the feelings and emotions which burst forth in just a few seconds upon seeing a totally surprising area.”
Organisers explained that a fragrance designed specifically for the event will be diffused, “leaving its imprint in the visitor’s memory”, as well as a soundtrack created by one of the world’s most renowned Belgian DJs.
Mr Kaisin is also the mind behind the Surrealist Dinners, which are organised twice a year at the Casino by Société des Bains de Mer for around a hundred of their most distinguished guests. The first dinner was held on April 28, and the second, inspired by Marivaux’s play The Game of Love and Chance, will take place on 9 December, with Charles Kaisin and Franck Cerutti, Executive Chef of Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, in the Salle Blanche of the Casino.
As Mr Camia said, “We are in the process of re-thinking this universe with a new Gaming journey, a redesigned gastronomy and entertainment offer and a new loyalty-building strategy.”
The family-friendly “Lets Fall in Diamonds” installation runs from October 14 to January 7. Open daily from 10 am.