L’AN­TOINE

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A lover of Pa­ris, Ch­ris­tian La­croix can ne­ver re­sist the temp­ta­tion to re­vi­ta­lize those em­ble­ma­tic buil­dings of the ca­pi­tal’s po­pu­lar dis­tricts. Fol­lo­wing on from the Hô­tel Pe­tit Mou­lin in the Ma­rais, the Hô­tel Notre-Dame op­po­site the ca­the­dral, and the Hô­tel Du Conti­nent a few steps away from Place Ven­dôme, the de­si­gner has just let his ta­lents loose on a new ad­dress. L’An­toine is lo­ca­ted on Rue de Charonne, close to the Bas­tille and Fau­bourg Saint-An­toine. Ch­ris­tian La­croix is a re­gu­lar in this dis­trict, ha­ving fre­quen­ted its bars and res­tau­rants for the last 15 years: “I’ve seen this tra­di­tio­nal ho­tel change its name, and its re­si­dents, going from ar­tists to ty­pi­cal tou­rists. What I wan­ted to evoke in the dif­ferent spaces of the youn­gest among the Pa­ris es­ta­blish­ments I’ve ima­gi­ned, was the me­mo­ry, both dis­tant and recent, of all the sto­ries it has to tell.”

In or­der to set the ho­tel in its his­to­ric dé­cor while res­pec­ting the ur­ban sur­roun­dings and high­ligh­ting their pre­sence, Ch­ris­tian La­croix has de­si­gned a fa­cade which merges in and contrasts all at once, with ti­me­less wood­work. In­side, L’An­toine suc­ceeds in com­mu­ni­ca­ting a sort of thea­tri­ca­li­ty: book­cases, wire screens, a mix of fur­ni­ture styles, trompe-l’oeil moul­ding and par­quets... Each floor has its own at­mos­phere: on the first floor, tech­no­lo­gi­cal; on the se­cond, con­tem­po­ra­ry; on the third, re­fe­rences to ca­bi­net­ma­kers’ work­shops; on the fourth, the ar­tist’s stu­dio; and on the fifth, Ba­la­jo... Each of the 33 rooms takes you on a dream-like jour­ney. Those on the first two floors are de­co­ra­ted with ma­gni­ficent Ré­my Per­ret bed­heads, “an ob­ject nar­ra­tor” to whom the clothes de­si­gner gave a free hand.

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