The art of the contemporary cocoon is in the details The Madeleine quarter is one of the French capital’s historic centres, and a buzzing thoroughfare for shopping Parisian style. This busy district has all this to offer and so much more, for it is also home to the Hôtel Chavanel, in the Rue Tronchet, a haven of hushed tranquillity and well-being – an island of blissful serenity.
Following renovation and refurbishment lasting several months, the hotel has been completely transformed with a fresh, contemporary focus. Its new exquisitely elegant appointments offer a stylishly refined palette of fabrics and materials, as the backdrop to a superbly mellow setting, which affords true peace and quiet. Architects Anne Peyroux and Emmanuèle Thisy*, in complete accord with owner Sophie Charlet, have made masterful use of a treasure trove of textiles in a paean to sheer luxury design.
Inspired fabrics and materials
The eclectic leitmotif draws its inspiration from lacework, which creates a luminous atmosphere throughout: in the 25 bedrooms and two top-floor suites, as well as in the breakfast room. Sumptuous netting exudes haute-couture refinement here and there, while elsewhere carpet motifs are resplendent with delightful arabesques, matt tone-on-tone tiling, lustrous carved Krion© headboards… Iconic upstrokes and downstrokes of genius from the archives of tulle and lace specialist Sophie Hallette* set the refined, cosy pace.
Fabrics with a difference
A world of contrasts and creative diverted uses add to the modernity of the place: curtains made from wool cloth – a borrowing from the world of men’s tailoring – knitted quilting in handmade cashmere, graphic emboidered cushions, shimmering velvet partitions, silk cocoon or metallic mesh light fittings, desks with saddle-leather tops, blond-oak curved coffee tables for uncluttered elegance… all come together in stunning harmony, for rigorous charm and utmost softness, striking just the right balance between feminine and masculine qualities.
Down to the last detail, every piece of furniture is either exclusive or unique and helps to create the hotel’s luminous, tasteful art of living. A palette of pearl grey to create a mellow atmosphere in the bedrooms, of turquoise and antigua as refined punctuation marks. A harmonic wall of water keeps the sounds of the city at a distance, while the sheer artistry of Lindstén Form Studio hanging lamps, the graphic tracery work of Louise Campbell armchairs, and, here and there, an intense shade of colour add an exotic touch… Once again, as with the finest lace and the meticulously delicate craftsmanship that goes into making it, the Chavanel leaves nothing to chance.Architect: Peyroux & Thisy
Project: Hotel Chavanel
Photographer: Christophe Bielsa