Hôtel Maison FL ’s renovation by François Champsaur
François Champsaur is behind the Hôtel Maison FL’s renovation which recently reopened in Paris.
The Maison FL is located just across the River Seine from the Eiffel Tower and the Champs de Mars park, and is near Trocadero with its gardens and the Palais de Chaillot, built for the 1937 International Exhibition. So as soon as you step out, you are almost next to some of the best sights in Paris.
The establishment, well-known to Parisians, was looking tired so its owners decided to commission François Champsaur with the redevelopment, refurbishment and decor.
The client agreed to a bold architectural plan to redesign the premises to transform it into a large open space and flood the lobby and function rooms with light. All the rooms were given a breath of fresh air with a major revamp.
The Art Deco building has become the perfect setting to showcase a very modern take on what interior design stands for with work in graphic design, ornamentation and incredible attention to detail in terms of furniture, layout, lighting, carpets etc.
The dialogue between the powerful setting and François Champsaur’s resolutely modern approach creates a comfortable, elegant and vibrant atmosphere.
Artisan work also gives this renovated hotel its very own personality cemented by French expertise.
The typical turn of the century façade was partly redesigned on the ground floor to create a pale stone framework to contrast with the black graphic design around the large bay windows on the ground floor.
Visitors enter the hotel via a spacious lobby adorned with engraved wood on the walls, whitewash paintings, a gilded ceiling and terrazzo and mosaic floor. The stone and gold mosaic ribbons on the floor unfurl to lead visitors from the lobby to the restaurant and bar or to the lifts up to the rooms. The reception desk is a beautiful example of modern ironwork in the form of a curved patinated and varnished copper leaf. A large tan leather sofa with lacquered black feet designed by François Champsaur sits against a black steel and glass partition to provide view of the restaurant’s dining room.
The restaurant lounge, bar and function room stand in a row and all have large bay windows with views outside.The entire ground floor is a tobacco-coloured oak post and beam structure. Plaster ceilings adorned with gold leaf set the tone. A handmade, free, open, vibrant design and colourful oversized rug on the floor brings energy to the room. A leaf pattern, the ultimate plant design, brings the space to life. The piece is tailor-made in hand-knitted wool.
Reproductions of an Ignacio Gardella sofa complement the seating designed by François Champsaur in brown, ochre and natural leather in this spacious and light space. The marble marquetry tables add the finishing touch to the design.
The lighting changes to suit different times of the day. Pouenat Edition wall lighting in curved copper are polished on the outside and patinated on the inside. At the rear, a black engraved glass bar has been designed by the Ateliers Guillaume Saalburg.
An enormous woven oak headboard has been treated like a piece of furniture to provide the room’s focal point. A sofa in front of the bow window stands by the free form table.
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