ART HOTELS: WHERE CREATIVITY AND STYLE MEETS
Art gets away from museums and galleries and entwines in our lives. It even shares our most intimate moments.
Apart from artworks in their venues, art hotels host exhibitions, concerts, workshops, installations, fab labs, libraries with special editions that offer “food for thought”. They become an authentic hospitality experience. Chosen artists and designers we wish to…cohabit with, in this case, is one of the basic criteria for booking our stay!
In the city of Arles –once the stomping ground of Vincent Van Gogh– lies this medieval church that’s as much a gallery as it is a guest house, thanks to Anne-Laurence Schiepan and her husband, designer Philippe Schiepa. Together, they created a four-bedroom cultural hub, which also has a salon, a library, and a terrace. The rooms exude subtle luxury and are characterized by giant mirrors in the bathrooms. Artworks and sculptural lighting pieces fill the building. On the ground floor space can be transformed into a fab lab (fabrication library) or an exhibition room. Upstairs, a lot is happening: workshops, boot camps, conferences, live performances. And if they ask you to share with them your secrets, don’t hesitate for a moment: Their “Secret Service” satisfies every special query!
Exclusive Parisian chic, relaxed sophistication and a generous dose of polished contemporary styling co-exist in the luxurious boutique hotel of the Raffles chain, designed by Philippe Starck. Steps from the Champs-Élysées, between the Arc de Triomphe and Parc Monceau, Le Royal Monceau–Raffles Paris embodies a glamorous, artistic in every room. The exacting elegance of the 40s and 50s with its controlled curves, fine materials, and warm colors, is brought alive through little poetic details: books stacked in random places on the shelves, a scrawled message on a lampshade, an acoustic guitar in a suite’s corner…
Apart from the suites, guests become part of the story narrated everywhere: From the lobby to the 99-seat cinema, Le Cinema Katara, to the contemporary art gallery and the exclusive service of Art Concierge to “La Librairie des Arts”, the first contemporary art bookshop within a luxury Parisian hotel. Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris is a natural meeting place enlivened by art and culture.
An entirely new approach to young interior design at the former Olympic Palace, a landmark hotel for the Athenian architecture of the 50s. Hotels owner and international arts patron Dakis Ioannou commissioned the project to the Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana known for their eco-sensitive ethos and the use of contemporary handicraft practices. NEW is a “hotel experiment”, as characterized by the designers. For three years they created a workshop, in collaboration with Greek architects and designers who were asked to work with60 old objects of the Olympic Palace, designing new furniture and facilities. Drawn to their specific language, which in turn draws from urban street life, contemporary art, and the Sao Paulo favela culture, the designers resulted in a 79-room establishment. The unusual custom-made furniture and handmade fixtures make guests feel that they live in a major art installation.
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Le Royal Monceau
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New A(r)titude // April 2018