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Philippe Starck turns a former guesthouse into a hotel

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Philippe Starck turns a former guesthouse into a hotel

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Designer Philippe Starck has transformed a former guesthouse into a cosmopolitan hotel at the foot of the Pilat dune. The designer delivers here the best of his style, and how to appropriate it.

Never change a winning team ! After waking up the Arcachon basin with the Co (o) rniche, in 2010, Sophie and William Techoueyres - the owners - have just inaugurated, with three piles of sand, a new hotel establishment, the Ha (a) ïtza , scenographed, too, by their friend and accomplice Philippe Starck, whose only name guarantees success.

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"The meeting in 2009 with Philippe was totally fortuitous and the desire to work together was immediately obvious," says Sophie. Seven years later, the designer has invested himself with the same passion in this new project that summons the contemporary charm of the basin, the memories of Africa and the arty spirit of a New York gallery, according to the creator, who has deliberately chosen to move away from the standards of seaside homes.

Philippe Starck.

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Former property of the Gaume family (it is she who created ex nihilo the seaside resort of Pyla-sur-Mer), this big building built in 1930 was abandoned since the 2000s, but kept the aura of a glorious time. When the Gotha parade on the Silver Coast, from Jeanne Lanvin to the Rothschild family. Inspired by the desire to revive the chic cosmopolitan spirit of the place, Philippe Starck has designed this establishment as a window to the world. "Ha (a) ïtza is not a new story from the Southwest or the Arcachon basin, but the evocation of a fantasy place," confirms Philippe Starck. Beside the 38 rooms dressed in light wood and marble, Ha (a) ïtza offers a restaurant, led by chef Stéphane Carrade, a heated swimming pool, a REN spa and a "family pastry". Focus on this hotel in six focus which are so many deco ideas to exploit.

"Ha (a) ïtza is not a new Southwest anecdote, but the evocation of a fantasy place," says Philippe Starck.

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1. Insert colored tiles into the windows

The spirit according to Philippe Starck "These tiles are both a reminder of the seaside houses and the detail that represents the small luxury moment of a provincial cafe.It is pure fantasy in the image of the hotel."

The advice and more : Add monochrome glass tiles to the top of the cross windows to color natural light. A nice way to animate these in the manner of a work of Mondrian.

The colored glass tiles add a touch of originality to the room.

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2. Delay an entry

The mind : "This hotel is a succession of fantasies and phantasmagoria, like little poems or dreams, unrelated to each other.This accumulation of logs in local pine represents the essence of the place.They anchor in a way a little surreal and unexpectedly the hotel in its environment. "

The advice and more : Nail on each log a brass plaque with the name of one of your ancestors or regulars in the house. In the same spirit, rustic chic, do not hesitate to improvise a bench from a trunk debited in log left rough.

This bench made from a cut trunk gives a rustic look to this cosmopolitan chic hotel.

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Regulars of the hotel will also have their engraved brass plaque ...

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3. Play telescoping styles and colors

The mind : "Here, I imagined that we were entering an old bar in Brazil, so I tried to work wonders with little, in the spirit of the ready-mades."

The advice and more : to single your interior, dare mixtures. Do not be afraid to mix, as here, multicolored terracotta tiles from Raujolles (on the walls), bursts of glazed lava tiles (on the floor) and 19th century Norman cabinet turned into a dresser.

Mix of daring genres between this Norman wardrobe and these multicolored terracotta tiles.

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4. Put your house on vacation

The mind : "The big living room is born from the idea that I have of Tintin's apartment on his return of African expeditions, which is why he is full of memories, images and words. in evocation, fantasy and subjectivity. "

The advice and more : to travel from your chair, create a patchwork of atmospheres playing the accumulation of African masks, ethnic chairs and family paintings. Replace the traditional table tops, usually made of wood, with hammered copper trays, a material reminiscent of old-fashioned bistro counters.

Filled with African-style objects, the grand salon evokes the world of travel.

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This matt copper tray gives an old-fashioned look to the table.

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5. Girdling a room with coat hooks

The mind "This is an idea that I borrowed from the Shakers community, and to echo the pool, I hung newspapers, printed scarves with topographic maps and tote bags full of books."

The advice and more : to avoid cluttering up a small space, replace the traditional wardrobe with these hooks.

These hooks evoke the basin of Arcachon, nearby.

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6. To dare the continuity between the inside and the outside

The mind "I had a lot of fun reinterpreting the red carpet concept that usually runs from outside [the front steps] to the lobby, and for the terrace I designed cement tile mats around the swimming pool with patterns that continue inside the house. "

The advice and more : Extend outdoor tile prints in your living room. A nice way to abolish the border between in and out and to merge house and balcony.

The pattern of cement tiles extends from the inside out, abolishing borders.

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The addresses of Philippe Starck

Custom stained glass Stef Atelier stained glass art. www.stefatelier.com

Enamelled lava stone www.acquariodue.eu

Terracotta of Raujolles www.terres-cuitesraujolles. fr

Furniture and lighting from the 20th century www.jfcollin.com

Beaded chairs www.csao.fr

Pots in glazed earthenware www.poterie.com

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