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HOTEL REVIEW


from the couture boutiques which surround the prestigious Place Vendôme, and within airkissing distance of the high end stores lined up along rue Saint Honoré. The designers of this new Art Deco landmark for the French capital have woven a typically Parisian sense of style into the very fabric of the hotel. Architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte has


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supervised renovation of the building, its façade and patio, in consultation with landscape design agency Neveux-Rouyer. Sybille de Margerie of SM Design was responsible for the interior design of the


andarin Oriental Paris is located at the heart of the city’s fashion district, a Chanel handbag’s throw


rooms, suites, spa and public spaces, with Agence Jouin Manku crafting designs for the bar and restaurants.


Their schemes take inspiration from the


Art Deco era and Parisian fashion. The 1930s ushered in an era of elegantly simple styles for women in softly draped fabrics, trimmed with jewels and lace, embodied in iconic Parisienne femmes such as Madeleine Vionnet, Gabrielle Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli, and the fashion photography of Man Ray – particularly his sensual photographs of his companion and muse Kiki de Montparnasse. Mandarin Oriental, Paris revisits the aesthetic of this era, with its feminine, romantic mood, subtle shades and textures, and delicate detailing. Butterflies, a recurrent motif


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ABOVE: The centrepiece of the lobby is ‘Air’, a sculpture by artist Natalie Decoster OPPOSITE PAGE: The hotel’s outdoor courtyard is an oasis in the heart of Paris, designed by Joiun Manku in collaboration with landscape artists François Neveux and Bernard Rouyer, and architects Wilmotte & Associates


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