Montreal wine bar Annette evokes an eternal spring with its green-infused interiors

Dill, olive, and a plethora of leafy shades enliven the space

Monochrome colour palettes are on trend right now, but Montréal wine bar Annette uses a spectrum of green shades to timeless effect for its vibrant, spring-like interiors.

The Rosemont hotspot is the brainchild of chef Marc-André Jetté and his wife, Mila Rishkova. They enlisted the LG2 Agency – whose offices are in the same building as Annette – to imagine the wine bar’s interior concept and visual identity.

Annette takes its name from a fictional woman, imagined as poised, elegant and finessed. According to LG2, it’s also a wordplay: ‘aneth’ means dill in French, and the herb infuses the national dishes of Ukraine, where Rishkova has her roots.

Dill, olive and various shades of green envelop the 100-seat space, evoking a garden-like setting. Jade-veined marble is used for the side bars, offset by deep, forest-coloured corrugated sheeting on the partitions, soft green felt benches and seating and glossy subway tiles around the entrance.

Fluted glass picks up the texture from the corrugated metal and is used around the open kitchen area and on the ceiling, forming the base for hanging plants that add to the garden feel.

Furniture is custom-made for the space, with curvaceous forms meant to reflect the ‘strength and delicacy’ of the bar’s namesake while adding to the space’s adaptability: in addition to serving as a bar, it’s a performance space and private tasting room.

Speaking of wine tasting, sommelier Hugo Duchesne curated Annette’s wine list, which features funky naturals, Québec cuvées and classic varietals from established estates. Cocktails by Olivier Quintin go big on botanicals, with signature drinks like the Gimlet Annette infused with dill oil, and enjoyed alongside small plates and snacks – think, chips and dips, chicken liver mousse, labneh and meat cuts.

120—4051 rue Molson, Montreal, Québec, Canada

Photography: © Alex Lesage
Photography: © Alex Lesage

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