The definition of luxury is different for everyone, but when it comes to rehabilitation or renovating old buildings, tradition and innovation are inevitably combined.
Keeping ceilings often classified, renovate existing facades, reuse original materials, restore identical ornaments or coats of arms on the walls and ceilings of mansions that belonged to illustrious personalities are part of this tradition. Of course, we must adapt to the tastes of the day, the current lifestyles, the latest innovations. It is possible to live in a building with old charm, while incorporating a pool and spa, home automation controlled via smartphone, or bullet-proof glass, hidden behind beautiful restored windows.
The interior designers in charge of this type of decorative projects often have at heart to take inspiration from the original charm and the history of these places to imagine more contemporary and current decor without denaturing the charm of these buildings that they generally like. Moreover, a luxury renovation induces constraints that are the essence of the creativity of many artists.
The renovations of the Mandarin Oriental hotels that we have made are a good example. In Paris, it is an old office building dating from the 30s which was completely rehabilitated to install this palace. A building of the housing complex was destroyed to install a very large patio and facades classified completely renovated.
The Oriental Mandarin of Hyde Park has the most splendid Victorian facade with flamboyant colors that make it look like a fairytale palace. Although very modern, the decorations imagined by Joyce WANG for all rooms and TIHANY DESIGN for most public areas respect the English charm.
For the hotel Fauchon de la Madeleine, one of the technical feats was to combine two buildings with floors of different altimetry and therefore classified to keep. Of course, the customer of the hotel should not feel it. In addition, it was also necessary to dig two basement levels just a few meters away from the delicate Madeleine Church, in order to increase the surfaces necessary for the proper functioning of the establishment. a fitness and a spa.
Another example, in 2018 opened the magnificent hotel of Chais Jean Monnet in Cognac which is one of our achievements. It is a rehabilitation of an old winery dating from 1838 that belonged to one of the founding fathers of Europe and now a hotel complex. The architects and interior architects of the ERTIM agency were able to transform original buildings and create new ones to create a set of ten buildings that are in complete harmony. Luxury renovations serving our French heritage.