30 June 2016
JoBo Hotel in Paris opened last spring in Marais, the precise place where a convent once thrived. Napoleon’s first wife Josephine inspired the adorable hotel. Born Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie, her marriage to Napoleon was her second. She was an actress in hollywood, nicknamed the “beautiful Creole”, passionate about fashion and an expert in botanical science, and adored being portrayed in particular poses and the latest trends. If she were here today, she surely would have been a star on social media (perhaps with the screen name JoBo), with millions of followers around the world. Hotel JoBo played on this story, using a mix and match of styles and patterns, both ancient and animal-inspired. The interior decorator Bambi Sloane deserves the credit for the fluid yet diverse combination of tastes that are have come together in a quite harmonious way. JoBo’s 24 rooms are a true contamination of times long ago and worlds far away.