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Hotels & Bars

The impression received when entering the BULGARI Hotel in London, is that everything is in the place it is meant to be, and nothing is left to randomly sit or stand around. Exactly as would be expected of a carefully engineered mechanic. And looking at the geometrical lay-out of the stone slabs, a thought comes to mind: are the varying sizes of the slabs only meant to build harmony within the space, or did the architect include a code?

Date of publication: 
13
June
2012

Another striking fact about the BULGARI Hotel in London is how texture is used. Black-unpolished stone pave the floors. Glossy-varnished dark-mahogany dress-up the walls. And mat-silver draperies cover the windows. Those dark toned materials serve as a back-drop for the chrome furniture, the colorful rugs, bright green bouquets, and the bar in shinning silver… Penetrating the lobby, the visitor navigates with no hesitation to the desired spot.

Date of publication: 
13
June
2013

BULGARI London - Using materials to build identity

Submitted by A-PP on Thu, 2012-06-14 02:48

Most striking when visiting the new BULGARI Hotel in London is the quality of the materials used. The façade is covered with Portland stone as a hint to Buckingham Palace and to Saint Paul's the Cathedral. Inside, mahogany is extensively used as Italian RIVA did on its luxury power-boats; and chrome/silver reminds of the early days of BULGARY as silversmiths… The London BULGARI Hotel is a breed of palace hotel designed with codes applied in places like TriBeCA, SoHo… by those who refurbish XIXth century industrial brick buildings into residences: clean open spaces, contrasting textures and understated luxury.

Date of publication: 
13
June
2012

Store design

Submitted by admin on Mon, 2012-04-23 12:25

How do you decorate to show case your product or trade?  Whether in the food markets of Jeddah (UAE) or in the streets or bars of Paris (France) a simple technique seems to do the trick in a fairly elegant fashion: repetition! 

It is the juxtaposition of the product that seems to work, more or less depending on how conscious the designer is.  What do you think?

Date of publication: 
23
April
2012

Bubbles and Balls

Submitted by admin on Fri, 2012-04-20 10:46

Philippe Starck, while redesigning the bar at the Royal Monceau-Raffles in Paris, included some Japanese refinement to rethink one essential detail of a modern luxury bar: the ice-cube!

Scotch is no longer served on-the-rocks, but on-the-ball. Beware however; abuse could soften your brightness!

Date of publication: 
20
April
2012

POUENAT and the new Metropolitan Hotel

Submitted by admin on Mon, 2011-11-28 20:02

Radisson Blu recently opened a new hotel in Paris located within walking distance from the Trocadéro and close to the Champs Elysées.  The Metropolitan’s interiors display modern lines in a cosy environment. But more exclusively, the hotel bears a signature suite with an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower.

To turn the 19th century Haussmannian town house into a haven for business travellers and jetsetters, Radisson Blu appointed interior architect and designer François Champsaur. 

Champsaur’s imagination was largely taped into, and Le Figaro’s culinary critique François Simon,

comments positively.  Simon appreciates particularly how the entire hotel offers a welcoming environment in which nothing is overbearing.

Champsaur’s level of attention to detail could only be paired by the suppliers he selected.  POUENAT Ferronier, a high-end metal workshop founded in 1880, was brought in to manufacture the architectural elements, furniture and lighting fixtures imagined by Champsaur.  The Mediterranean brasserie, the cocktail lounge, the spa, the rooms and the suites are all equipped by POUENAT.

Date of publication: 
1
June
2010

Designing to bridge History and the Present

Submitted by admin on Mon, 2011-11-28 19:33

La Guirlande de Julie

The collaboration between Interior Architect Hubert de Givenchy (son of the fashion designer) and POUENAT Ferronnier illustrates well how linking the past to the present can be made easier. For instance, you are given an assignment: your client asks you to re-design a restaurant in one of the most exquisite and visited squares in your city, asking you to add your touch while respecting the tradition of the location. Givenchy recently completed such a project on the XVIIth Century Place des Vosges in Paris. La “Guirlande de Julie” located under the arcades surrounding Place des Vosges, happens to be a “child” restaurant to the mother ship La Tour d’Argent –once a 3 Michelin Stars holder. In addition, La Guirlande de Julie has a history of nurturing romances and in the past, hosting political intrigues.

All those details made it a more complex task to re-design the restaurant. Wisely Hubert chose POUENAT Ferronnier to design and manufacture the lighting fixtures. With POUENAT, Hubert was able to select decorative elements that matched his vision and understand how far, he could take the POUENAT production tool. A totally newly designed set of lighting fixtures was decided. The Guirlande de Julie chandeliers include arrangements of intertwined leaves -an evocation of the XVIIth century poems written to Julie by her artist and aristocrat admirers and each based on a flower, and the guirlande being the collection of those poems. The chandelier’s frame seems a copy of the plaster moldings. The lights are displayed inline… The final result is an elegant bird-like cage, with the material of the cage being subtly finished to match the roughness of the floor’s stone as well as the sophistication of the marble and the gilding on the walls. Hubert de Givenchy found in POUENAT Ferronnier a partner able to understand, interpret and produce according to his own vision and plan.

No wonder Brigitte Saby recommended POUENAT to Hubert. Brigitte Saby was among the very first to bring style back into Russia. She did so with such success that the American business press kept quoting her when commenting on the evolution of taste in Russia: NEW YORK TIMES – July 13th, 2006; INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE –July, 15th, 2006. So follow her recommendation and visit POUENAT at “<a _mce_href="http://www.shiraly.com/content/maison-france" href="http://www.shiraly.com/content/maison-france" target="_self" title="Maison France

Date of publication: 
1
June
2010

15cent15 at Hotel Marignan

Submitted by admin on Sun, 2011-11-27 01:05

Behind its tall Art-Deco façade, Hotel Marignan revamps the glory days of the prestigious 18th century Faussigny-Lussinge residence: with the "15cent15" lounge bar at its helm, Chef Stéphane Colé (also in charge of the well-known restaurant Spoon) opened 15cent15 last year. The celebrated lounge was designed by Olivier Gagnère, who also created the MIKADO lighting collection for Veronese.

Hotel lobby and 15cent15 lounge bar, photos: Philippe Schaff:

Date of publication: 
1
June
2007

Le Placide

Submitted by admin on Sun, 2011-11-27 00:59

For people watchers and left-bank aficionados, the recent opening of 4 stars Hotel Le Placide is good news. Comfortably seated at your balcony while having breakfast, you will enjoy the ballet of shoppers go in and out of Le Bon Marché. The chic lines and contemporary decoration of this former XIXth century family pension make up a cosy environment.

The makeover is the work of Bruno Borrione, associate interior architect for Philippe Starck, who signs here another project after working for Chefs Pourcel brothers at Le Jardin des Sens.

Date of publication: 
1
March
2008

Paris Roof Top View Hotel Suite

Submitted by admin on Sun, 2011-11-27 00:29

Located at 13, avenue du Président Wilson, Museum “Palais de Tokyo” hosts on its roof top and for a year, a full-service portable-hotel-suite designed by artists Daniel Bauman and Sabina Lang.

€444/night for service comparable to that of a grand hotel! In addition, you get your private view on the Eiffel tower, just minutes away from your favourite boutiques on avenue Montaigne…

Date of publication: 
1
March
2008
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