PARIS — Talk about breaking the ice. If the creators of the George V’s new bar made of the stuff have their way, the frozen environment will create some serious heat among its patrons.
“I wanted to create a boudoirlike atmosphere, a sexy bar where you’d like to sleep with the bartender,” says Jeff Leatham, creative director of the George V, of the hotel’s temporary ice bar. The by-reservation-only igloo opened last Friday and will remain in place until mid-January. For a prix fixe of 55 euros, or $72, thirsty guests will be able to drink as much Imperia vodka as they wish in 25 minutes time.
To keep visitors warm while they sip their libations, Leatham has collaborated with Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco, the design duo behind the Kaufman Franco label who have designed trendy fur garb, from hats to ponchos and leggings, for the bar staff and guests alike. The magnificent decor — sofas, chairs, bar and columns — was created by world champion ice sculptor Michel Amann.
Once it’s all over, the Kaufman Franco designs will go on sale at the hotel’s boutiques at a cool $550 for hats and $5,995 for ponchos.