Poltrona Frau Contract for the New Hotel Lutetia

The Art Nouveau Atmosphere lives again in the heart of Paris

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Poltrona Frau Contract for the New Hotel Lutetia
09/10/2018 - After four years of renovation by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, the famous and only grand hotel of the Left Bank has reopened. Located in the heart of the French capital, the Hotel Lutetia unveils its incomparable atmosphere.
 
The Story
From its landmark location on the Left Bank, the Lutetia looks out at Paris' very first department store, the famous ‘Le Bon Marché'. Far from being a coincidence, there was a very practical reason behind the idea, which took shape in 1907, to build the hotel on this spot. For the descendants of the Boucicaut family, who founded Le Bon Marché, it would be perfect for lodging customers and suppliers. Like a reflection of the store, a hotel was built of equivalent modernity and elegance in terms of both functionality and style.
Credits & copyright: Hôtel Lutetia

Credits & copyright: Hôtel Lutetia

Poltrona Frau Contract supplied loose items for all the rooms of the historic hotel: Pelle Frau® desk chairs with solid walnut painted in eucalyptus; large armchairs and cannage armchairs and all the méridiennes covered in fabric. The sofas have also been customised with different precious fabrics for each suite. Each armchair has a custom design with an inner shell covered in fine fabric and an outer leather shell with contrast stitching and maxi cushions.
 
The custom-made furniture manufactured by Poltrone Frau for Hotel Lutetia was designed by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte and his design studio, Wilmotte & Industries. In addition, Poltrona Frau icons (eight Chesterfields by Renzo Piano and 10 Dezzas by Gio Ponti) are in the front of the house representing the devotion to quality materials, expert craftsmanship and comfort.
Credits & copyright: Hôtel Lutetia

Credits & copyright: Hôtel Lutetia

Art Nouveau is the keystone of this building
Everything has been designed to light up the tables, glorify the spaces, and underline the excellence of the craftsmanship. The number of rooms has been also reduced from 233 to 184, freeing up the space to create 47 magnificent suites including 7 signature suites, to meet the modern requirements of a luxury hotel. Technology also plays a big, if discreet, role, the idea being not just to bring the Lutetia up to the standards of current regulations, but also to excel in the ecological aspect, especially in terms of energy efficiency and waste water recycling.
 
Focus on Light
An interior courtyard patio has been created to ensure that more daylight filters into the building, but also to offer a perfect view of the facade. This patio links up the different ground floor areas: the Salon Saint Germain, the Library and the Bar Josephine. The cream of the world of arts and crafts participated in the renovation of the stained glass elements, decorative paintings, frescos, mosaics, sculptures, and so on. Priority was given to use of wood and especially eucalyptus, particularly in the areas where visitors will circulate.
Credits & copyright: Hôtel Lutetia

Credits & copyright: Hôtel Lutetia

Credits & copyright: Hôtel Lutetia

Credits & copyright: Hôtel Lutetia

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