François Champsaur | New Suites of the Hôtel du Ministère in Paris
Interior designer François Champsaur signed the new extension of the Hôtel du Ministère in Paris. The deluxe boutique hotel has recently unveiled 18 new suites, including two in a duplex.
The Hôtel du Ministère is located in Paris‘ 8th arrondissement, in the Faubourg Saint-Honoré quarter. François Champsaur did already orchestrate the complete rehabilitation of the hotel’s initial 24 rooms back in 2011. The new extension is situated behind the hotel main building and used to be a former print shop, decorated with an incredible glass and metal facade and impressive skylights. The glass ceilings can be seen in the unique duplexes and singular rooms offered by the hotel.
The hotel has now two neighboring buildings, one on the street side, and the other on the courtyard side, displaying its industrial Eiffel Tower aesthetic façade. The buildings are linked together by the breakfast room.
The interiors bear the signature style of François Champsaur while paying tribute to the artist and fashion designer studios that were formerly housed in this building; it has a predominantly black & white scheme brightened with touches of unexpected colors. The aesthetics are resolutely graphic with its many linear fixtures and fittings along with the graphic design of the black and white carpet.
Champsur has opted for Mid-Century Modern furniture with signature pieces like Carlo Molino’s Gilda armchair and Franco Albini’s Tre Pezzi. On the walls, the designer collaborated with the hotel’s owner to pick art from renowned Parisian galleries such as Maeght, Marie Ricco and Catherine Putman, accentuate the atelier-like atmosphere. The pieces completed the collection that was already in the hotel along with the sculptures of Sebastien KJito, lithographs of David Lynch, the works of artist couple KRM and visual artists Carmen Perrin and Stephanie Guglielmetti.
François Champsaur is a French interior designer. He was born in Marseilles but has been based in Paris since the late ‘80s. His Mediterranean roots have influenced his work. He studied at the Ecole des beaux-arts and went on to train at the Ecole nationale des arts décoratifs (ENSAD). In 1996, he started up his own interior design company.
From his earliest projects at the Maison Troisgros in Roanne and Café de l’Alma in Paris, François has displayed his ability to transform any space, considering each and every aspect from an architectural angle and with the finest detail. He intelligently reworks space, playing with light and volume, and compliments this with both elegant and contemporary furniture and fabrics.
One of François’ specialities is to simultaneously develop two parallel activities: interior design and structural design. He has transformed luxury hotels (such as The Metropolitan, Paris and more recently a hotel in Miami), restaurants (Hotel-restaurant Troisgros in Roanne, Café de l’Alma in Paris) and homes using his own unique vision. He has also designed many private projects, several of which were for collectors of contemporary art.
His interest in furniture, clean lines, rhythm and harmony have led him to collaborate with many French and international interior design companies, such as First Time, Treca Interiors, Pouenat Ferronnier and HC28. He’s worked on linen and carpet collections for prestigious French luxury brands such as D. Porthault and Toulemonde Bochart.
His creations echo the history and specifics of each house. For HC28, based in Beijing, François has imagined new product ranges inspired by traditional Chinese furnishings: lacquered finishes, round angles, geometrical forms and interlacing. By also taking responsibility for the artistic direction of the brand he has been able to create sensual and poetic designs, which have led to the opening of 22 stores across East Asia since 2008. For Pouenat Edition, he worked with geometric designs using metal: his furniture and lamps oscillate between folding, fluid or jagged lines, lacquers and brushed metals, for a sophisticated and precise effect.
His work on The Metropolitan hotel, which was inaugurated in May 2009, was a true example of his talent for marrying sophistication and comfort. This new hotel seduces us with its stunning architecture and furnishings.
In 2011, François completed the transformation of a quainted 24 rooms hotel in the 8th district of Paris and signed the opening of the Yearlings equestrian auction hall in Deauville.