French hotel ‘Maison Champs-Elysées’ hired Belgian avant-garde brand Maison Martin Margiela to renew and create a new interior design of the entire ground floor together with seven suites and ten guest rooms. The hotel is located in the heart of Paris, situated at the intersection of the Grand Palais, avenue Montagne and the rond-point des Champs-Elysées. After redesigning several hotel suites in 2009, this collaboration with Maison Champs-Elysées marks Maison’s largest and most demanding interior design project of its history.

“For our clientele constantly looking for new lifestyle experiences, we wish to redefine what you may expect from being a hotel guest today. Together with Maison Martin Margiela, we are aiming at a luxurious yet relaxed place where purity of forms is matched with amazing detailing, in a corner of Paris which gathers all the most prestigious French couture houses,” says Bernadette Chevallier, President of Exclusive Hotels for Maison Champs-Elysées.

Maison Martin Margiela adds: “The Maison is happy to reinterpret another Maison for its first hotel project in Paris. Maison Martin Margiela creates a theatrical environment where reality and trompe-l’oil are mixing together. The result is several sets with intertwined references giving an atypical ambiance harmoniously opposing past and present.”

The origin of the building is the essence of a French Maison. In 1864, the Duchess of Rivoli, Princess of Essling, Great Mistress of the House of Empress Eugenie, had her house conceived by French architect Jules Pellechet. The masterpiece was completed in 1866 in the purest classical Parisian style, Haussmannien. The property was later bought to welcome the activities of the alumni association of the Paris' Ecole Centrale. It has since then been enlarged to become from 1989 on a hotel. After the redesigning, the hotel will reopen in February of 2011.