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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.

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The JoBo hotel pays homage to the international star, Josephine Bonaparte, placing her in our times. Photo: David Grimbert.
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The decorative roses and florals pay homage to Josephine’s passion for botanicals. Photo: David Grimbert.

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.

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The tea-room features one of Josephine’s most famous portraits. She loved posing in the latest of trends. Photo: David Grimbert.
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Different styles, prints and worldly details combine to create Hotel JoBo unique look. Photo: David Grimbert.
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JoBo has 24 rooms, decorated in four different themes. Incroyable, Mervilleuse, Gourgandine, Sans Coulotte. Photo: David Grimbert.
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JoBo is in the Marais neighbourhood, in front of the Hôtel de Chavigny, a location that Napoleon transformed into a firehouse. Photo: David Grimbert.
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Bambi Sloane designed the interior; the French American is known for her elegant, funky style. Photo: David Grimbert.
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Born as Born Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie, Josephine Bonaparte was Napoleon’s first wife, and took his last name. Photo: David Grimbert.
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The rooms’ private bathrooms are decorated with mosaics and Carrara marble, both beloved elements from the 17th century. Photo: David Grimbert.

WHERE: 10 rue D’Ormesson, 75004 Paris, France

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.

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The Moodboarders is a glance into the design world, which, in all of its facets, captures the extraordinary even within the routine. It is a measure of the times. It is an antenna sensitive enough to pick-up on budding trends, emerging talents and neglected aesthetics. Instead of essays, we use brief tales to tune into the rhythm of our world. We travelled for a year without stopping, and seeing as the memory of this journey has not faded, we have chosen to edit a printed copy. We eliminated anything episodic, ephemeral or fading, maintaining a variety of articles that flow, without losing the element of surprise, the events caught taking place, and the creations having just bloomed.