Hotel Panache, Paris
Adrien Gloaguen and Dorothée Meilichzon, the team behind Hotel Paradis Paris, are back with a new boutique hotel named for dash in style and action.
Hotel Panache takes inspiration from its surrounds in the Pigalle – the city’s historic red light district – as well as its peculiar nineteenth-century structure that once housed the Opéra Madrid. Meilichzon: ‘The building is shaped like a flat iron, so we designed a lot of angles: triangular mirrors on angles, patterns with triangles on carpets, walls and mosaics. Even the cupboards are corners – nothing is square apart from the beds.’
Known for fusing ornate Victoriana and sleek Art Deco, the designer forged a new path for Panache with a contemporary re-imagining of Art Nouveau. Beyond the massive counter in walnut, blackened wood, marble, and brass at street level lies the lobby – its velvet sofas and blown glass lamps evoking Adolf Loos’ Vienna, and restaurant – David Lanher’s neo-bistro fare framed by bolted steel rafters, white marble and midnight blue benches. Upstairs, each of the 40 rooms is unique but tied together by a colour scheme of navy blue, forest green and anthracite grey on white.
Meilichzon has now worked on four hotels in Paris, with Panache and the nearby Grand Pigalle effecting a renaissance in the once louche area. Her mission – to ‘create settings where you feel good, not to shock’ – echoes our own, as seen in Perth’s Alex ‘Hotel as Home.’ Look out for the designer’s luxe Hôtel Bachaumont, due to open this northern summer.