Located at 42 Avenue Gabriel, La Réserve is set back from the Champs-Elysées in a peaceful, stately neighborhood of the 8th arrondissement. The grande red entrance beckons, promising a spoiling experience of Paris. There is no classic reception desk per se, but instead, every guest who arrives at 42 Avenue Gabriel is welcomed personally in the Salon Louis XV and taken to their suite to make sure that they feel at home immediately, just as one would do for a friend coming to visit at home.
La Réserve offers more suites than rooms, large spaces in re-interpreted classical style, all the codes of a certain way of life: [Read more…] about La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa
Hands down, hotel design is exponentially more creative than residential design. With laser-like focus, sensory details are designed to seduce guests into the vortex of the experience being offered, satisfy imaginations, and whet appetites for a return visit or recommendation. Hospitality design pushes the usual boundaries of design in ways that can make the strange seem familiar, and the familiar seem strange.
The 1st and only Baccarat Hotel, in Midtown New York, reimagines the elegance and perfection of the legendary French crystal maker into a luxury hospitality brand. The beauty is in the details of shimmery neutrals accented by the rich baccarat red. [Read more…] about Baccarat Hotel, New York
She is a BOND GIRL (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969). Her photographic portrait is on display in the National Portrait Gallery. She is a hotelier. She is a designer- of luxury boutique hotels, retail stores (Louis Vuitton flagship Paris store and Van Cleef and Arpels: London, Paris, Monaco, Beverly Hills, Osaka and Geneva) yachts, homes, landscapes, products, graphics, haute couture clothes (clients include Princess Diana, Princess Margaret). She has made Architectural Digest’s Top 100 Interior Designers and Architects In the World list. Anouska Hempel is one talented woman.
Rizzoli has just released a stunning book of Anouska Hempel’s evocative spaces, which are layered with historical details, saturated tones, and lavish textures. Hempel brings a sense of high style and understated extravagance to all of her projects, creating magic that is shared brilliantly in this 304 page book by architecture critic (London Times) and author Marcus Binney. [Read more…] about Anouska Hempel
Today I am over at Huffington Post doing a comparison of some of my favorite NYC Midtown hotels: The St. Regis, The London, The Sherry Netherland, The Pierre, and… even a preview of the hotly anticipated