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.