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French artists find a home in a Parisian hotel

Located in Paris’ prestigious Triangle D’Or, Hotel Marignan is the first hotel project from local residential designer Pierre Yovanovitch. Unshaken by the challenge, Yovanovitch deftly wove a tale of contemporary elegance whose protagonists were natural materials and gallery-quality French art and furniture.

Collaborating with and promoting local artists, galleries, and craftsmen is essential to Yovanovitch’s exacting design approach. “Working on custom-made pieces is one of the aspects I love most about interior design. The artisans know their materials very well and they are eager to explore new shapes as well as technical and aesthetic challenges. There is a strong relation between my team and theirs, and creation results from this interaction,” he explains.

The hotel’s lobby features the lighting of ceramic artist Armelle Benoit and the master upholstery of Lyon-based Charles Jouffre. Found antiques from the likes of Ettore Sottsass and Ado Chale add to the bespoke, residential appeal that Hotel Marignan’s proprietor, Nathalie Richard, so desired. Off the lobby in the adjacent restaurant and bar, custom-designed dining niches are set entirely in oak and a vibrant color palette featuring lemon and olive hues.

Here, all built-in furniture features were carefully executed by a team of French craftsmen, and decorative lighting was commissioned by French designers Bole Design.

Upstairs, rooms and suites are cocooned in oak and cotton and linen fabrics. Custom carpets are hewn entirely of wool, and drapery is crafted from raw silk, once again tying in natural materials like one would find at home. Custom furniture, like the “cloud” side tables designed by iron craftsmen Ateliers Bataillard, continues the bespoke element, as does the original art pieces adoring the public spaces and 50 rooms.

Overall, Yovanovitch was determined to use the hotel as a gallery to promote the works of his lesser-known countrymen. “There are very few French artists in galleries and museums,” he asserts.

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