Boutique Design - September 2017 - 34
What's NeW: Renovation/restoration projects, including the redo of the
Hôtel de Crillon. Niche hotels such the Drawing Hotel. Innovative lifestyle
brands such as citizenM and Hoxton are adding to their presence or launching
in the City of Lights.
What's Next: Co-working spaces such as AccorHotels' recent joint
venture agreement with co-working space operator Nextdoor. Food-centric
hotel concepts, such as a Fauchon hotel.
What's Up: In spite of fears about the impact of Brexit, Accor surpassed
predictions for the first half of this year and credits its home country with
much of that.
What YoU Need to KNoW: You don't have to live in the shadow of the
Eiffel Tower to be on the radar, but, given the kinds of brands entering the
market, relationship-building might need to start with work as just one part
of the design team. "citizenM always collaborates with concrete architects
for the concept design of each hotel," says citizenM brand lead Robin
Chadha. "The design firms that are hired locally are responsible for correctly
interpreting and executing the concept design, and providing a flawless
process during the design development and construction periods." Another
example: Hoxton's collaboration with Soho House on public spaces means
local firms' work for them is mainly on guest rooms.
boutiquedesign.com September 2017
5 Dramatic red chairs allude to
Paris' reputation as a hotspot for
fashion. Complex arrangements
of pendant lights in the citizenM
Paris Gare de Lyon accessorize
6 Anticipating different space
uses is key in urban markets.
Here, various table sizes and
shapes allow guests to choose
their own experience.