Design Destination | Hôtel Rochechouart by Festen

  • Welcome to Hôtel Rochechouart, a 1920s Art Deco time capsule on the prominent Boulevard Rochechouart in Paris.

    Built in 1929, the historic eight-storey corner building was one of the last Art Deco era hotels left. After a successful decade in the 1930s frequented by travellers, locals, artists and movie stars, the hotel was then occupied by Germans during World War Two and, devastatingly, abandoned and forgotten. Cue husband and wife team Orso – boutique hoteliers dedicated to restoring the ‘lost art’ of hospitality – and French design duo Festen, who both made it their mission to resurrect the century-old building and reestablish its original intent. 

    Curved timber headboards, brass-covered lamps and one-off art pieces cultivate a slightly ‘old-fashioned’ charm reminiscent of the twenties and thirties. A Japanese velvet painting in a cork frame completes the refined suite.

    Colours reminiscent of the 1920s feature throughout the 106 suites; a spectrum of muted green, bronze, tobacco, mocha and ochre.

    Setting the Scene

    Developed during the Belle Epoque art period, Paris’ 9th Arrondissement is dotted with theatres, concert halls and art galleries. Hôtel Rochechouart is nestled conveniently amid this creative hub, only a few steps from iconic streets like Avenue Trudaine and rue des Martyrs and the Moulin Rouge. From the eighth floor and rooftop terrace, a birds-eye view of Paris and the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur can be seen in all its glory.

    A Homage to the 1920s

    Festen introduced the archetypal colours of the 1920s throughout the 106 suites; a spectrum of muted green, bronze, tobacco, mocha and ochre. Curved timber headboards and brass-covered lamps cultivate a slightly ‘old-fashioned’ charm reminiscent of the era, together with exposed vintage plumbing and glossy black subway tiles in the ensuites. Downstairs in the restaurant, Festen acquired the original blueprints from the 1920s and custom-designed the furniture and joinery to mirror these documents.

    The mini bars are replenished with well-known whiskey and gin alongside locally-made cocktails from the neighbourhood.

    Instead of travel-sized amenities, the bathrooms feature Orso’s own Colomba range in full-sized bottles available for purchase.

    The existing floor was sanded to reveal the original blue and gold mosaic from the 1920s.

    Festen mirrored the furniture and joinery on the original blueprints of the restaurant.

    The Hotel’s Art

    Festen engaged Galerie Française to curate more than thirty original photographs, drawings, nudes, sketches, landscapes and sculptures from antique dealers around France to pay tribute to the deep-rooted artistic culture of the hotel. A large-scale watercolour painting by Franco-Japanese artist Tiffany Bouelle hangs proudly in the restaurant, its curves and contours reflective of the shapes prevalent in the building.

    The monumental eight-story corner building evocates the Jazz Age right from its theatrical facade. “Hôtel Rochechouart has the spirit of the great Parisian hotels of the 20s and 30s, without feeling too exclusive,” Festen’s Hugo Sauzay and Charlotte de Tonnac reflect.

    Framed views of the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur from the eighth floor.

    Festen channelled elements of a quintessential Parisian terrace in the rooftop bar, specifying wrought iron furniture with piped upholstery and a striped canopy.

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