Wednesday, August 31, 2011

La Maison des Champs Elysées

The new La Maison des Champs Elysées in Paris is the first hotel designed by Maison Martin Margiela. Staying true to historical provenance, the designer subtly re-worked the original interiors of the building in a combination of minimalist-Baroque with a dash of humor. Quintessential Margiela elements include stark white (from floor to ceiling), trompe-l’oeil effects, optical illusions, and a peppering of both natural and otherworldy forms.
 These ghost-like Cerruti Baleri sofas and chairs are featured throughout the hotel. They look so right with those mirrored tables. I die.
Photographic trompe-l'oeil wallpaper emulates a palatial interior.
A grid-like bathroom in white tile with grey grout has an M.C. Escher feel.
A single suite is done in black. The mirrored coffee table is by German design firm E 15 (left).
Natural elements like the winged bedside lamp by Nora de Rudder (left) and
some out of place mushrooms hiding in a corner (right) add whimsy to the otherwise spare environs.

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