ISSUE 3  |  European Travels

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

January 20, 2012 11:30 AM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Above: A cabinet of curiosities.

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

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