Thursday October 11th, 2012 - 10:30AM
PARIS—Le Meurice hotel unveiled its newly renovated Presidential Suites and Dali apartment in this Dorchester Collection hotel.
Designer Charles Jouffre modernized and refreshed the suites, while maintaining historic and legendary design once preferred by Salvador Dali, who resided at Le Meurice for at least one month each year throughout the 1960s to the 1980s.
At a combined 4,574 sq. ft., each of the five Presidential Suites is adorned in rich red or Le Meurice's signature green, with views overlooking the Tuileries Gardens. Complete with Versailles parquet floors laid with wool and silk rugs from Galerie Saint-Simon, the suites feature white marble fireplaces and period furniture, including conserved and restored pieces from Louis XVI cabinets to newly re-gilded cabriolet chairs. Crystal chandeliers hang from the ceilings, while walls are hung with 19th century paintings. In the Dalí apartment, where Salvador Dali once resided, Jouffre preserved the history of the apartment with minimal updates, but placed items of furniture, window treatments, historic moldings accented with muted gold, fabrics and harmonious shades.
The renovations are the latest work by Jouffre at Le Meurice. Impressed with his vision of drapes and hangings for the Grand Foyer at the Opera Garnier, General Manager Franka Holtmann hired the Lyon-based designer to imagine new and warmer interiors for the guestrooms of Le Meurice. Jouffre brought a new touch to the specificities of the palace hotel, dressing up rooms with 18th century elegance with stylishly reimagined classic furniture, light colors lifted with bright accent tones and traditional materials.
"With his remarkable vision, Charles Jouffre has transformed our premier rooms into one-of-a-kind environments with unique aesthetic signature to Le Meurice," said Holtmann.