Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

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48 Hours in Paris

I was lucky enough to travel to Paris twice recently – both for 48 hour intervals.

With 48 hours in Paris the first thing one must get right (in my book) is the location of the stay and the accommodation.  You must be central and in the thick of things, surrounded by the right atmosphere.  Hotel La Maison Champs Elysee, located between one of Paris’s most glamorous shopping precincts; Avenue Montagne and the Grand Palais is ideal.

A Design Hotel, La Maison Champs Elyse mixes fun and whimsy with cool white-out / black-out minimalism.  Designed by Paris fashion designer Martin Margiela, the Hotel has been described as a mix of avante-guarde and classical styles. Margiela created a subdued tonal palette throughout the main rooms of the hotel and then designed 17 individually treated suites aptly named the ‘couture collection’ experimenting with the concept of night and day – White, bright as the day and deeply mysterious, black as the night.

The fashion designer has used a lot of elements that I just love; such as reflection (in a big way; note mirror box coffee tables in the waiting lounge which reflect the ceiling and the floor), trompe l’oeil (the walls in some of the suites look like they have been transported directly from Versaille), unique futuristic furniture and cool grey hues across expansive white.  Plus, the foyer is scented which I found beautifully clearing after having hit the pavement for 15 hours straight! 

And while you’re in the area you must go shopping down Rue du Faub. Saint Honore, squeeze in a visit to the Petit Palais, lunch at L’Arc,  and a brief squiz at the work of Jacques Garcia and India Madahiv. A hair appointment with expert coiffure Jamal Fakih, drinks at Hotel Costes and dinner at Atelier de Joel Robuchon.  Superb!

Not bad for 48 hours!  I challenge you to do better and report back.

Want to hear more from Rowena Lister? Rowena is an Interior Design teacher at the Coco Republic Design School and will be teaching a variety of 2013 courses – view the upcoming timetable or find out more about the Coco Republic Design School courses here.

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