While I wish I could spend all my time between exhibitions, cafes, and bakeries, I have to make a living somehow. Cue my day job: an editor and copywriter at a boutique hotel booking website (it’s a mouthful, I know). Some of the hotels I write about are really stunning, and this is my most recent favorite.
A boutique hotel for the books, La Maison Champs Elysées stands out in a city full of beauty and innovation. Decorated exclusively by Martin Margiela, the hotel successfully combines classical and avant-garde styles to create an elegant, relaxing environment.
Located in the heart of the city of light, just off the Champs Elysées, as its name would suggest, this establishment offers a serene and unique stay in an otherwise bustling area of town. 40 boutique rooms and 17 couture rooms boast playful and distinct atmospheres that you can’t find anywhere else. Luxurious and poetic, the hotel’s spaces showcase a certain kind of minimalism that devotes an incredible amount of attention to details.
Most of the rooms at this hotel play with trompe l’oeil using subtle textures and tones of white, but there’s one room, the Curiosity Case Suite, that enters into the dark side. Like a carbon cube, both the walls and parquet floors are painted black, creating a delightful atmosphere that manages to be hushed and voluptuous at the same time. Enter into the lounge and you’ll find a wall devoted to a curiosities case displaying various knickknacks of all sorts. Between the dramatic color palette and the “curious” decor, its quite the mysterious and magical space.
So, what do you think? Do you prefer quirky minimalism in white or black?