12 November 2014
By now we are used to being eternally surprised by French designer Christian Lacroix’s creations, ranging from extravagant fashion in unusual shapes and volumes to experimental haute couture. Lacroix also works in the design world, having collaborated with Designer’s Guild and Kartell, for whom he made the Le Paseo bag, and approaches interiors as “full works of art”. We have already spoken of his Hôtel du Continent. His dell’Hôtel du Petit Moulin is Parisian treasure, located in a XVII building in the historic Marais quarter. The hotel is a true example of the crème de la crème of hotels. Some time ago, there was a bakery where Victor Hugo was said to have purchased his baguettes. To commemorate the historic destination, the original street sign and shop window have been preserved. The inside of Hôtel du Petit Moulin is a maze of spaces, one running into another. The original framework and finishes remain, now part of Lacroix’s decorative universe. In the 17 guest rooms, colours and patterns run rampant, giving each room its own character and unique aesthetic. Lacroix’s typical style shines through the playful world of references to different periods that fill each room, from floor to ceiling.