Henriette in Paris

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A man in Paris… and a woman in Paris… everyone envisions a beautiful romance in the city of love certainly. The reality is not always this…at least not in my case. Even though my parisian hero and heroine live only six kilometers far from each other, they don’t really have much in common, except from their town and the fact that me, personally, I like them both a lot.

I have already introduced you to Monsieur Bleu, now let me present you my heroine, Henriette, this warm-hearted, friendly and beautiful hotel that I have accidentally bumped into several times recently on the internet…she wanted me to write about her…

This relatively new funky boutique hotel on a brick-paved side street in the 9th arrondissement is just a 10-minute walk from Jardin des Plantes botanical garden, close to the Mouffetard district. The enchanting, unique Hotel Henriette offers a very intimate experience for visitors with its 32 individually designed bright rooms, lounge with a wide selection of reading matter and secret garden. Continue Reading

Monsieur Bleu in Paris

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In the previous blog post you could see the high-end home of French architect Joseph Dirand (designer of glamorous boutiques around the world, such as Chloé in Paris, Alexander Wang in Beijing, and Pucci in New York, just to name a few). As I promised, today I show you over another masterpiece of this talented interior designer: Monsieur Bleu, a restaurant in Palais de Tokyo in Paris where one can not only enrich with a culinary but also an artistic experience. Just like in most of his works, Dirand combined in this project of 2013 too minimalist details with luxurious materials, classical elements with contemporary ones; and created a heady mix on a grand scale. The result is low-key, intangible, cool and minimal; open and particular, lively and intimate at the same time. This cosmopolitan restaurant was named after a fictional character, M. Bleu, who had been imagined as a cultivated, elegant, mysterious and suave bourgeois gentleman. This fictional character ‘guided’ Diran when designing the grandiose interior of the restaurant. He managed to create an absolutely timeless, offbeat and elegant ambiance.
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Joseph Dirand’s High-End Home

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Joseph Dirand is one of the most esteemed interior designers of our days. Given that his father, Jacques Dirand has been at least as revered in his field – interior photography – as his son, this French architect had developed, formed, polished his peerless style since childhood. In this post I would like to demonstrate how to pair luxury and minimalism at the highest level possible: The parisian apartment of Dirand is an incredibly high-end interior in which – without any exaggeration – every single piece of furniture and object is placed purposefully, every color and material is chosen thoughtfully – half-baked, random styling can never cross his door-step.
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