LA MAISON CHAMPS ÉLYSÉES
8, rue Jean Goujon
57 rooms and suites
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ARCHITECTURE / DESIGN
Architect: Danièle Damon
Interior Design: Maison Martin Margiela
Maison Martin Margiela’s minimal and anonymous style has long been praised for its individuality. Known for its surreal approach and predilection for white, the fashion house is now, for the first time, applying these characteristics to a hotel interior. Behind the non-descript door of No. 8 rue Jean Goujon, visitors’ perceptions of reality will be challenged through playful interiors that surprise around every corner. Located in Paris’ Golden Triangle, walking distance from the city’s most iconic landmarks, including Avenue Montaigne and Champs-Élysées, the hotel is a destination in its own right.
With its Haussmann-era façade, the townhouse – owned by La Maison des Centraliens, the Alumni Association of École Centrale Paris– was renovated by architect Danièle Damon, who enhanced and dramatized the historic features, while respecting the heritage of the building. The show begins in the lobby where the decor is like a succession of stage sets blending different styles and eras harmoniously. The 57 rooms and suites all put comfort and luxury at center stage – with state-of-the-art bedding, high-quality linen sheets, and mattress pads and duvets in pure goose down. Seventeen of the rooms and suites belong to the Couture Collection, designed by Maison Martin Margiela. Each of these rooms is not only different from the next, but different from anything that has been seen before. Visual trickery and inspiring, imaginative touches decorate the suites. In one suite the walls are painted black and the parquet oak floor has been stained to match, with an entire wall devoted to a curiosities case. In another, a large landscape is printed on the wallpaper, which is reflected on an entirely mirrored wall opposite the bed.
These tricks of the eye carry on through to the public areas. In La Table du 8 Restaurant, the chairs appear to be floating above the concrete floor; oversized moldings and pretend doors add to the illusion. In The White Lounge, a woolen carpet portrays a classical French ceiling and paint effects suggest pictures have been hanging on the walls for years. In contrast to this stark white space, The Cigar Room has a stained floor, dark walls and brown leather armchairs that give the whole space a burnt effect. And in the summer, the evergreen garden, designed by master gardener René Quendo, bursts into a kaleidoscope of color and scents. In winter, the box trees, tree ferns, a palm tree and an olive tree which is more than 50 years old, create a green oasis.