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Funky Friday: No Diamond Pendant is Too Big for La Maison Champs Elysees

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March 21, 2014 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Have you noticed that when a fashion designer takes on the role of hotel designer, you really don’t know exactly what you’re gonna get? Once the initial hotel of a fashion house opens, we can then look for signature details or some visibly explainable transition from, say, a three-piece suit to a three-room suite.

Judging from the first hotel fully decorated by Belgian designer Martin Margiela, La Maison Champs Elysees Paris, we’re guessing that there won't be another quite like this one. Not even by Margiela himself.

Margiela’s design is daring and theatrical, intertwined with the refined elegance of the period French building the hotel occupies (Maison des Centraliens). Let’s just say we agree with the hotel’s own description as “Visual trickery with imaginative touches.” From all of the ‘imaginative touches’ in this hotel, we chose the above photo as this week's edition of Funky Friday.

This trippy picture features a large diamond shaped pendant light made of lightweight metal framing that contains super bright LED bulbs. This electrified version of a crown jewel reflects off the walls and the ceiling, enhanced by the metallic or glossy finish.

We can't resist having a little extra fun with this week's subject photo. Notice anything different between the opening image above and the one below? It’s that little code-required necessity -- the exit sign. The image as shown on the hotel’s website does not have the sign, whereas other published images of this hallway, do show it. So either it was "Photoshopped" out for the picture, or it was never there and La Maison had a guest who was a building inspector. Or both.

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[Top Photo: La Maison Maison Champs Elysees; Bottom Photo: Martine Houghton]

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