Hôtel Vernet makeover by François Champsaur
François Champsaur has just finished the renovation of The Hôtel Vernet in Paris revealing impressive interiors of 30 revived rooms with Hermès toiletries and a contemporary restaurant beneath a stained-glass ceiling designed by Gustave Eiffel himself.
The hotel is a typical building of the Haussmannian architecture, situated between the Place de l’Etoile (Charles de Gaulle) and the prestigious Golden Triangle district. The renovation marks its marks its 100-year anniversary with a completely refurbished interior that celebrates contemporary elegance and French craftsmanship.
François Champsaur commissioned French visual artist Jean-Michel Alberola to paint a fresco on the bar’s ceiling as well as the bar’s carpet, where the art above seems to ‘reflect’ the design below. Other ‘artistic’ touches include the Carrara-marble ‘Deconstructed Bar’ (the curvy bar counter designed by Champsaur, which is placed in front of a stunning folded copper screen made by Pouenat), as well as the way the room numbers resemble artworks in the corridors, placed on individual pedestals, lit from above. However, Champsaur’s vision for bringing together art and design is nowhere more visible than the hotel’s restaurant, where a minimalist assortment of dining furniture and contemporary art sits beneath a monumental stained glass dome designed by Gustave Eiffel himself.
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.