Hotels, Lodging & Restaurants: La Maison Champs-Elysées in Paris by

Issue 3 · European Travels · January 20, 2012

Hotels, Lodging & Restaurants: La Maison Champs-Elysées in Paris

Issue 3 · European Travels · January 20, 2012

Maison Martin Margiela's surreal interiors for the Hotel La Maison Champs-Elysées were designed with an eye to "irony, illusion, and respect for the building's heritage."

The first hotel project of Maison Martin Margiela (founded by elusive fashion designer Martin Margiela, who departed the company a few years ago), the Hotel La Maison Champs-Elysées is consistent with Margiela's propensity for reworking a palette of blacks, whites, and pale tones. The design house applies Margiela's trademark palette to the interior spaces; the result is a fantastical, evocative world full of surprising trompe l'oeil moments and understated glamour.

Images via Hotel La Maison Champs-Elysees.

Above: The Haussmann-era townhouse was built in 1866 for the Duchess of Rivoli.

Hotel La Maison Champs-Elysees, Maison Martin Margiela, white room, black piano, white uphostered chairs, hanging light bulb pendants

Above: A glossy black piano contrasts with the pure white surroundings, setting the scene for Maison Martin Margiela's reworked palette.

Hotel La Maison Champs-Elysees, Maison Martin Margiela, salvaged bottle lamp with black lampshade, Line 13 collection

Above: A bottle lamp from Margiela's Line 13 collection.

Above: A golden door stands in dramatic contrast to the Cigar Bar.

Hotel La Maison Champs-Elysees, Maison Martin Margiela, closet of rarities, black bedroom, black linen, light bulb wall fixture, black stained floors

Above: In the Closet of Rarities suite, the designers created a multi-textured dark sleeping chamber, featuring distressed charcoal gray linen, dark black stained floors, and coal black walls.

Hotel La Maison Champs-Elysees, Maison Martin Margiela, black walls, black linen, stained black floors, mirrored side table, bird lamp

Above: Maison Martin Margiela often uses mirrored surfaces to create illusory effects, as shown here on this night table.

Above: The blue black feathers of this surreal lamp suggest flight at night.

Hotel La Maison Champs-Elysees, Maison Martin Margiela, closet of rarities, black cabinet, mushrooms, russian dolls, art

Above: A cabinet of curiosities.

Hotel La Maison Champs-Elysees, Maison Martin Margiela, closet of rarities, mushrooms, black stained floor

Above: A cluster of carved mushrooms create an unexpected landscape.

Hotel La Maison Champs-Elysees, Maison Martin Margiela, hall of mirrors, trompe l'oeil wallpaper

Above: A combination of mirrors and fabric trompe l'oeil wall stickers (available from Couture Lab) creates a feeling of infinite doorways.



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