After having created the decoration of the Lobby, Relais Plaza, Galerie and reception lounges in 2014, the Bruno Moinard and Claire Bétaille architecture firm signs the decoration of 22 rooms and suites at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée (Dorchester Collection)
The Parisian duo Bruno Moinard and Claire Bétaille were faced with a major challenge on the hotel’s 7th floor: combining the existing features with something new to offer the art deco-loving guests at 25 avenue Montaigne a new visual and sensory experience.
The colour schemes have been reworked to give a radiant feel. The wood has been lightened up, the glass is more transparent, the colours glow brighter. Each detail has been examined to ensure a refined bespoke service, each object evokes this place’s Haute Couture spirit and its signature colour… As for the bathrooms, all dressed in marble, they have been completely rethought and embellished with decorative features giving them a more personal touch. Guided Tour.
Although the first six floors with their classical-style decoration have high ceilings which contribute greatly to their charm, the hotel’s top two floors are much appreciated by its guests for their intimate nature. On the seventh floor the idea was to rethink life in this space from A to Z without changing its soul.
As for the materials, blond and whited solid oak was the natural choice as a new protagonist. The duo also had fun playing with straight lines on orthogonal planes – partitions, lines on the floor, edgings on the furniture, patterns on the blinds, accessories, lights, pictures on the walls – and made the light circulate, structured the views to give them rhythm.
On the floor, the carpet specially created for all the rooms creates a contrasting network, a freely improvised hopscotch. The bed linen places great emphasis on invigorating red lines, the hotel’s signature colour. The simple, refined armchairs respecting the place’s spirit and dimensions, and the little occasional tables each represent a stylistic exercise that the firm has tackled felicitously.
In a few chosen spots, gently rounded shapes break with the rectilinear: a desk with a flat metal framework seamlessly providing a support for the bubble glass top and the under-frame; a matching chest of drawers associating oak with curved metal and black.The original or specially created sofas – angular yet comfortable thanks to their soft cushions – invite you to a moment’s relaxation. The light oak sofa-ends covered with a glass plate make their appearance.
The lighting, whether natural or artificial, has been the focus of the greatest care. The linen blind scattering the light in front of the more modest seventh-floor windows is the work of one of the last French master-pleaters: an accomplished technical and aesthetic performance.
A new lighting system offering different ambiances has been created, and multiple light sources have been dotted around: here behind a shelf, there above the drapes. Wall lights and sconces – some of which were designed by Bruno Moinard himself – complete the ensemble.
Discreet but omnipresent, there’s technology hidden away everywhere: the lights are controlled from an iPad, there are integrated USB ports close to the sofas and bedheads, you can listen to music via Bluetooth from the Bang & Olufsen televisions, or from the eponymous nomad speakers.
The bar – an exceptional Japanese-style feature with two cupboard doors surrounding a fridge hidden behind a metal plate – stands out as a masterpiece of design. The red lacquer background establishes a unique atmosphere in this secret- compartment cupboard.
Beautiful books and framed fashion photos taken by the greatest photographers – such as Don Honeyman, Cecil Beaton, John French – or refined creations such as the embroidered dragonfly that can be found in all the rooms elegantly remind us of the spirit of this “Haute Couture address”.
The bathrooms are all dressed in grey-white marble with a graphic veining. On the floor and walls, the pâte de verre mosaic edging its way in, the hammered metal framing the large mirrors, and the sleek taps and fittings all go harmoniously together.
The Duplex Suite 750, a veritable apartment
With a surface area of 100 square metres, Suite 750 is a veritable Parisian apartment. Boasting a vast living room and solid oak dining room features, the “ground floor” is bathed in light by day thanks to a bay window and a set of mirrors.
With a fitted kitchen, this space and its lovely volumes make it possible to organise an intimate reception. It also adjoins a room dedicated to well-being equipped with an exercise bicycle and sauna, along with a refined bathroom, to round off a stay placed under the sign of luxury and sensuality!
Upstairs, the spacious and luminous bedroom – including an office corner – opens onto a vast terrace offering a 180-degree view over the roofs of Paris.
Main Materials and Suppliers:
- Furniture: Macassar Ebony and Brushed Oak (manufacture, fittings and furnishings: Cemad and Viriato)
- Drapery (manufacture and supply): Mr Pietro Seminelli – Maître d’Art Label EPV (Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant –Living Heritage Enterprise)
- Carpet (made-to-measure): Imperial Carpet (manufacture), Bangui (laying)
- Bed linen: Beltrami
- Supply and installation of the marble: ildei
- Alabaster table lamp: CTO Lighting
- Bedroom wall lamps: Zonca – Collection Bruno Moinard
- Large round entrance mirror: Roche Bobois (Bruno Moinard collection).
- Large format paintings: Bruno Moinard and Galerie 21
About Bruno Moinard and Claire Bétaille:
A graduate of the Olivier de Serres National Higher School of Applied Arts and Crafts, the French interior designer Bruno Moinard created 4BI in 1995, after having worked at André Putman’s side for 15 years.
A graduate of the Ecole du Louvre and of the Ecole Camondo, Claire Bétaille is a French interior designer. Soon associated with the development of the concept for the Cartier boutiques, one of the motors driving the success of 4BI, she became a stakeholder in the firm’s development, in particular after 2010 when the firm saw spectacular expansion in Asia. In 2012, Bruno Moinard asked her to become a partner in the firm.
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