The interior renovation of Hôtel de Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel, by Aline Asmar d’Amman Architect, Founder and Creative Director of Culture in Architecture is infused with creativity and inspiration. Embracing the heritage and the legacy of French patrimony, soulful designs bridge past and future, 18th and 21st century living, for a unique guest experience of French ‘art de vivre’ today. The entire projects’ storyline unfolded around these ideas, materialized with seamless clean lines and handcrafted noble materials. Hôtel de Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel, is one of the world most majestic hotels, situated in a landmark buidling on Place de la Concorde. Originally built in 1758, the legendary palace offers a refined and illustrious history, encapsulating the very best France has to offer.
Aline’s favourite story is about Marie-Antoinette, the French legendary Queen, inspiring the audacious designs and the tribute to Parisian elegance. When tasked to redesign the Marie-Antoinette Suite, connected to the historical eponymous salon where she learned to play piano, the inspiration was the “free soul” of the Queen. This was also a consideration for Culture In Architecture throughout the entire renovation and other spaces of the Hôtel. Marie Antoinette’s essence can still be felt within these walls, so the designers imagined a décor where she would feel at home.
The historical Salon Marie Antoinette is now a grand living room that connects through a concealed door — for a touch of palace intrigue — to the suite’s bedroom, entering into a flesh-toned boudoir and then into a bedroom decorated with a bust and portrait of the queen. The portrait is inspired by hers of Vigee-Lebrun, a scandalous painting by one of the first women painters she called her friend, here it is re-interpreted by artist Pascal Dangin as a black and white ink drawing, carved by paper sculptor Lauren Collin. The sight of it sets the tone for a rock’n roll version of French royalty. Several women artists were invited to pay tribute to the Queen, like Zoe Ouvrier on the doors of the huge buffet, just under the historical Aubusson tapestry which took almost 2 years to renovate.
Aline Asmar d’Amman & Culture In Architecture were fortunate enough to have the Operator with them from the early stages of the project designs. The Rosewood’s Group’s fundamental belief of the creation of a ‘sense of place’ meant that Aline was given tremendous support in her role as artistic director and designer for Hôtel de Crillon Suites. From the start, the vision was oriented around common objectives and creative thinking with the aim to re-interpret French art de vivre for today, and to create a memorable Parisian experience that celebrated every moment for each guest.
The design is all about the spirit of Paris, poised elegance with a touch of irreverence. Its success is due to Aline Asmar d’Amman & Culture In Architecture’s attention to detail, strong narrative and the artistic choices, all in coherence with the interior designs, materials, textures, light, soulful objects and curated art. From shelves to walls, every object was carefully selected for their powerful vibe and emotion. Luxury hospitality is a fabulous mean of spreading culture, emotion, and excellence to the many.
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