Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes


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Hotel Vernet, Paris

Along the Champs-Elysées, not far from the iconic Arc de Triomphe, you’ll find another Parisian great: the Hôtel Vernet. Its long 100 years on the busy Parisian avenue meant that it was in need of a well-deserved makeover, and what better person to do it than the internationally renowned designer François Champsaur. Entirely refurbished in 2014 with a modern bold palette, the Hôtel Vernet is truly a lesson in contemporary French elegance.

From the foyer through to the guest rooms, the 50-room hotel uses the finest materials, furniture, and artwork specially curated to balance the grand Haussmann designed building. François Champsaur was adamant to stay away from the traditional dark and dusty Louis XVI furniture, and wanted to create a new Parisian style – a style that celebrates the skill and newfound creativity of the French people. With this in mind, Champsaur custom-designed the hotel’s furniture with a focus on natural materials, beautifully executed by local ateliers.

Beneath the restaurant’s impressive Gustave Eiffel-designed glass dome lays bold blue and green seating, their rounded forms mirroring the gentle curves of the dome above. The bar area in the adjacent room is a light box of colour: a colourful abstract ceiling is complimented with an equally abstract carpet, both commissioned works by local painter Jean-Michel Alberola. The oranges and yellows in the ceiling and carpet playfully compliment the brass and copper elements displayed throughout the room to make a fun yet sophisticated setting.

Heading up to the guest rooms, the atmosphere is a lot more calming – no bold colours or quirky abstract patterns found here. Instead, French Oak dominates the space in the form of headboards, sliding doors, as well as the flooring. The soft ombre throw and ikat accent cushions add to the soothing ambience of the guest room, while the dynamic tile work in the bathroom creates a different kind of energy.

Champsaur’s dedication to materials, art, colour and form, has resulted in a refined and lively establishment that any design aficionado would dream of visiting.

Anthony Spon-Smith