Friday, March 14, 2008

Hotel Le Meurice


Since I recently blogged about hotel style decorating, I thought I'd have to mention the most recent renovation of the Hotel Meurice in Paris. It is so refreshing and inspiring. Designer Philippe-Starck finished his beautiful face lift of the downstairs areas of the 5 star luxury hotel palace. Inspired from one of the Meurice's legendary guests Salvador Dali, Stark has included some wonderfully curious pieces that make my jaw drop! He has done a beautiful job mixing modern decor while maintaining the traditional old world French decor. Over 600 new pieces of furniture have been added to the hotel. If you click on this link and watch movie #3, you can see a great video of new welcome areas designed by Philippe-Starck. With the dollar so weak here in the US, we can at least pretend we're there! And for those reading this that are there, please check it out for us!

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Being a lover of hotel style, this is so refreshing that one can take classic elements of French decor, add some Neoclassical elements and top it off with some unique modern pieces. This is the concept I always try to achieve in my own home; a mix of traditional and modern. The color palette of black and white with accents of silver and gold create the look. Some crystal chandeliers, Neoclassical pieces & one-of-a-kind accents can bring that Parisian hotel feeling right into your livingroom.



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Okay... this lobby is exquisite! There is a glass case filled with aged hand mirrors and white pillar candles flickering below. Stunning. The showcase is flanked with Neoclassical chairs & a settee with a gilt bird motif.
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This chair is based on an original drawing by Dali, done in polished brass.

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This is Le Meurice Gastronomic Restaurant. Amazing...

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The mirrored "dresser" (above) holds all the glasses, dishes and cutlery for the restaurant.

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Silver leaf wing chair that was inspired by Dali's use of birds in flight to form faces.

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What can I say? Looks like Starck did an amazing job. I'm waiting for my dear friend Janet at FrenchBlue & Company to take a trip this year and report back. I know she will make it there before me, so I'll just have to settle with my "faux hotel" home for now!

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7 comments:

LondonCalling said...

Great post! It makes sense that you and FrenchBlu are friends. I saw her beautiful home featured in Romantic Homes magazine last month and it reminded me of your home tour in Apartment therapy. Those Crown Room chairs are my favorite.

Joy said...

Your blog is divine. Just divine!

Alkemie said...

Amazing post!! I'm used to seeing more of Starck's more modern designs and it's refreshing to see one from him so elegantly done. The place is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

Karen

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

Londoncalling...Thanks for visiting my blog! Yes, Janet at Frenchblue is my dearest friend. We do have similar tastes don't we? Thanks again!!

Joy...Thanks so much! I appreciate it!

Alkenmie...Thank you very much. It is great to see Starck's latest. Your blog is wonderful. I had fun perusing all of the posts.

melissa said...

That mirrored "dresser" is insane!! Thanks for sharing- how gorgeous!

Kathy said...

The hotel is TODIEFOR in person. I do mean TO. DIE. FOR. But awfully rude and almost hostile if you try to take pics...at least my experience! :)

Beadboard UpCountry said...

I love Phillippe Starks work, but the idea to accent with Dali....The lobby looks gorgeous!!!!! When we go we will stop in.....:)