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The deco lesson of ... Didier Gomez

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A lounge with warm colors

Abaca Press / Didier Delmas / Gilles Trillard

Close to the Place de la Concorde in Paris, Sofitel Faubourg has transformed into a couture hotel. Exclusively, the interior designer Didier Gomez gives us tips to reproduce at home his best decorating ideas.

As the flagship of the Accor group, the Sofitel Faubourg hotel is now in vogue with fashion designer Didier Gomez. From the entrance, the charm operates: the light gray stone walls and the large glass roof are magnified by cornices and op art geometric motifs. "With the renovation of this hotel, explains Didier Gomez, I wanted to impose my vision of Parisian chic and French art de vivre without denying the soul of the place." To do this, the interior designer and designer (he created in 1985 his own agency and is currently working for the hotel Metropole in Monte Carlo, the palace of the king of Morocco in Rabat and for L'Oreal) has played the confrontation between the 18th century - moldings, pilasters, neo-classical pediments - and the 21st century codes with mirrors set with bronze treated like sculptures, a hypergraphic carpet or round seats covered with a pied-de-cock tissue .

"The proximity of the Faubourg and the great couture houses or jewelery encouraged me to treat this place in the manner of a mansion." Like a hymn to femininity, I dressed the walls of signed black and white prints of the greatest photographers: Cecil Beaton, Horst P. Horst, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn ... "From the bar to the lobby through the 147 rooms including 36 suites, we find the same harmony and elegance borrowed from the fashion houses that express both the Enlightenment and contemporary influences. A result not so complicated to reproduce at home. Instructions for use in four proposals.

Abaca Press / Didier Delmas / Gilles Trillard

Play the box aspect "For small entrances, I advise you to line the walls and the ceiling with the same wallpaper to assert the side case but not bonbonnière.The more a room is narrow, the more it is necessary to give it a strong identity by dressing it with a only one color or one motif, which can be refined like this: proof that in decoration the total look can express itself in all delicacy. "

Abaca Press / Didier Delmas / Gilles Trillard

Give depth to a corridor "This XXL photograph - of the Italian photographer and actor Max Malatesta - treated as a trompe l'oeil creates an illusion effect and gives depth to this corridor, initially without much interest.This draw has the advantage of give perspective and simulate an opening on the outside. "

Abaca Press / Didier Delmas / Gilles Trillard

Hanging light with mirrors "To give an impression of clarity and to multiply the space, there is no secret, you have to play with the mirrors." In this sequel, for example, I decided to fix them inside. moldings to create a game of perspective and, logically, I put a lamp in front to strengthen the bright side.It is an essential detail that gives personality and chic couture to each suite. vein, I also added pilasters on each side of the bed, elements that typically embody 18th century architecture. "

Abaca Press / Didier Delmas / Gilles Trillard

Create connections between the floor and the walls. In this Macassar ebony case, I played on the graphic effects: the very seventies carpet motifs meet the rigorous lines of paintings, drawings and photos, in black and white, creating optical games, a little like kinetic art. We can mix everything as long as there is some visual unity. Even the frames here are mismatched, and it works because they are all painted black and gold. I also had fun blending a Louis XVI banquette with gold-tone velvet cocktail chairs, which embody the glamor of the 1940s-1950s, and American Louis XVI wing chairs. "

Didier Gomez, interior designer

Abaca Press / Didier Delmas / Gilles Trillard

Sofitel Faubourg Hotel, 15, rue Boissy-d'Anglas, Paris (8th), 01-44-94-14-14, www.sofitel-paris-lefaubourg.com. Double room from 510 euros without breakfast.

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