Paris Design Week is an invitation to discover the very latest trends in design and creative crafts. Open to all, the event brings together more than 200 participating venues, some of which open to the public exclusively for the occasion, and, with a common goal: to share the love of design outside the walls of Maison et Objet 2017 and to educate the greatest number of people about design.
At a time when new collections are popping up in stores and the new concepts for the autumn season are being launched, the event brings together the talents and forces of retailers, galleries, showrooms, hotels, and restaurants for eight days to share their experience in design and creation with the public.
Where To Stay in Paris
Le Meurice stands out among the Paris palaces with its prime position on arcaded rue de Rivoli, just minutes from the Louvre. It’s very grand yet not stuffy. Dali used to stay here with his ocelots and that has clearly left a legacy of tolerance for guest’s foibles. There are chandeliers and marble galore but also a frosted mirror in the entrance hall where guests can doodle or sign their autograph. The vast first-floor Presidential suite overlooking the Tuileries is perfect for playing at Marie-Antoinette, while the Belle Etoile penthouse has its own private lift, butler’s pantry and 360° views from its rooftop terrace.
Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris
On the avenue between the Arc de Triomphe and Parc Monceau, grand Royal Monceau was reborn after a Philippe Starck makeover as a self-proclaimed luxury art hotel, complete with gallery, art concierge, concept store and cinema. Downstairs works particularly well, with an illuminated cocktail bar and courtyard garden. The 149 rooms and suites are far from designer minimalism; rather, they are a Starck-conceived artistic clutter of eclectic lamps and tables, mixing retro and contemporary touches, with a vast island bed, photos and artworks propped against the wall and a guitar for you to strum.
When opened by César Ritz in 1898, this was the most innovative hotel in Paris; the first to have lifts, electricity and private bathrooms. While presumably adding vast amounts of hidden cabling and replanting the garden courtyard, the modern hotel has preserved its period furniture and paintings à la Louis XV, and kept some of the cult features like the divisive gold swan taps. The 142 rooms and suites are crammed with patterned carpets, Empire-style lamps, chandeliers, canopied beds, rococo desks, embossed velvet sofas, and period oil paintings. The hotel has the world’s first Chanel spa, bringing a gentle waft of perfume, to accompany the gym and the galleried indoor pool, kept at a tropical 31°C.
Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
This hotel is an escapade into a sybaritic vision of France past with its wedding-cake facade, grand stairway and a string of historic salons, which have been listed and painstakingly restored with hand-gilded panelling and neoclassical friezes. Apart from the modern Penthouse Suite and the Imperial Suite, which has nymphs dancing across the bathroom walls and a butler’s kitchen, the 81 bedrooms and suites are calmly classical, recalling the French grand lifestyle. The best have large rooftop terraces with astonishing views of the Eiffel Tower.
Le Bristol is one of the best joints in town: a long-established and distinguished hotel in one of the city’s most fashionable streets with excellent service. Don’t miss the absolutely top-notch restaurant Epicure, or the exquisite spa and indoor roof-top pool. There are 188 guest rooms, many overlooking the inner courtyards and well sound-proofed from city noise. They are feminine in style with fresh, floral fabrics reflecting the hotel’s trademark colours, vivid green and dark pink, with co-ordinating bedspreads, and a classic mix of chandeliers, Regency-style furniture and neutrally-toned walls.
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