150 kimonos fro the prestigious house of Matsuzakaya (founded in 1611) arrive at the Musée Guimet, the fist time they have been shown outside of Japan.
Here’s all the info.
Breaking news! A couple of days ago, 375,000 images of the Metropolitan Museum in New York were made available for anybody to use. Of course, we immediately looked to see what photos the museum had to offer of our area, the Left Bank.
And a fascinating exploration it was too! Come take a look at what we found…
…or how we got to know the owner of the hotel from the 1940s! Madame Moncelli, the current owner of the hotel tell us the pretty incredible story.
In the 1990s, we met Nicole Kennedy, the daughter of Madame Marguerite Andrée Nègre Souquet-Basiege who was the owner of the Hôtel des Grands Hommes for ten year, from 1947 to 1957. Although Nicole never owned the hotel, she did work there often to help her mother.
It’s thanks to Nicole that we know some of the history of the Grands Hommes, and she has become a dear friend.
Nicole went to live in the USA after the death of her mother (in the 1950s), following a man she had met at the Hôtel des Grands Hommes. He was to become her husband, and her new life as a young woman commenced.
Talking of her mother, Nicole says she was a philanthropist who helped young people who had talent but often little money. For her, the hotel was an international place, and each evening a couple of cooks would prepare dinner for everyone, during which fascinating, passionate discussions would take place.
People often danced in the salon, and music was omnipresent.
Nicole says that the place was always alive and welcoming, and that she was happy to meet and talk to exotic, intelligent guests from around the world in French, English or Spanish…
From this tumultuous period after the war, Nicole has left us two precious guestbooks covering the ten years her mother ran the hotel. We’ll be sharing text and drawings from them over the coming year, some of them happy or nostalgic, often moving and showing the enthusiasm and gratitude of the guests to their host.
It almost like the TripAdvisor of its era – more modest, but a lot more eloquent!
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The first page reads:
When I came to Paris, on 11th July 1947, I felt completely disorientated, but after having spent this month with the Jacquet-Basiège family, I had the proof of that little something whose source escapes me:
Leaving is to die a little
It is leaving a part of oneself
In every thing
And every place
We hope you’ll enjoy these guest comments as much as us. They are pieces of history, examples of the identity of the Latin Quarter and the generosity of that great woman Madame Marguerite Souquet-Basiege, to whom we pay homage today.
We would like to thank our friend Nicole and her son Raoul for their friendship and for the gift of these two books that are now back in their home. We will keep them forever within the walls of the Grands Hommes.
More pages from the guestbook coming soon!
However, for Valentine’s Day 2017, we have also prepared a special musical selection on the theme of love, perfect for the most romantic city in the world.
You can hear it today at the Hôtel Baume, Hôtel les Dames du Panthéon and Hôtel and Spa la Belle Juliette.
The special selection is for today only, and you can preview a few tracks from the playlist below.
And of course, if you need help booking a restaurant for this evening or ordering flowers, just ask at reception 😀
Have a great Valentine’s Day!
At the Louvre, the season devoted to the Dutch Golden Age continues with a selection of Dutch paintings from the 17th century taken from the collection of New Yorkers Thomas and Daphné Kaplan, who will also be donating one very important work to the museum.
Here’s all the info.
Au Louvre, la saison dédiée au Siècle d’or hollandais continue avec une sélection de peintures hollandais du 17ème siècle, issue de la collection de Thomas et Daphné Kaplan, qui font également don d’une grande peinture au musée.
Voici toutes les informations.
Organised together with the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, theis exhibition l’exposition-événement Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting at the Louvre shows us a selection of elegant, refined scenes of everyday life that aren’t as ordinary as they might seem…
Here’s all the info.
« It’s a real reinterpretation of the aesthetic of the era, more hinted at than overtly shown. You have to know how to create an authentic atmosphere while also leaving room for imagination, interpretation, a certain lightness… »
Thibaut Fron, Interior Designer of Hotel Baume (Exclusive Interiors by T&T).
Hotel rooms continue to inspire interior design! And the rooms of the Hotel Baume, remixing early 20th century style, are a perfect example: order, colour and geometry: the essential elements of Art deco, sublimely used by the two designers and six themes (Perfume, Jewellery, Fashion, Cinema, Architecture and Private Club).
The Art Deco period is a goldmine of idea for anyone who loves interior design: it was an extravagant but elegant period, chic, golden, graphic… timeless! The iconic style elements of the era can be seen in the 35 rooms and suites. Let’s take a look at a few ideas that anyone can personalise and adapt, depending on their style and home.
The lobby of the Hotel Baume brings Art Deco up to date:
• through the choice of colour (shades of grey, mustard and pink)
• through the choice of furniture (Munna, Koket, Artemis, Arne Jacobsen, Marie’s Corner, Porta Romana, Knoll, MOOI)
• through the forms that symbolise modernism and discreet luxury.
VERY ‘GREAT GATSBY’
A symbol of glamour and luxury, many of the design codes are present: the use of polished metals, precious wood, patterned carpeting, dark leather and geometric wallpaper. At the Hotel Baume, the colours blue, orange and camel reinvent a masculine atmosphere; certain details in the furniture remind one of the wild years of Shanghai private clubs or great Transatlantic voyages.
A MIX AND MATCH OF CAREFULLY SELECTED OBJECTS
Vintage items, like the powder compacts under Plexiglas® in the lobby, share the space with the modern jewellery (designed by Anna Rivka) in display cases in the Jewellery rooms. The engravings in the Fashion rooms are originals from the 1932 maison Pernet collection by Madame Jeannest.
FABULOUS MIRRORS AS HEADBOARDS
Designers Thibaut Fron and Thierry Martin chose Christopher Guy, known for his sophisticated and original creations, to make the heaboards in the rooms and suites.
REPRODUCTIONS OF PHOTOS OF PERFUME FROM THE ERA
Humbled together and superimposed, or just framed, the images of perfumes guide visitors through the corridors to their room.
WHICH IDEA(S) CAN WE TAKE FROM THE ART DÉCO PERIOD?
• rich materials like mahogany, ebony, forged iron, gold
• geometric motifs
• lacquered wood details
• « stitched hide » walls
• black, chic and calming
• and glass, more glass and even more glass!
Above all, go for the harmony of style for your home: choice of colours, materials, atmosphere… The best interior design is not about creating a ‘trendy’ place but somewhere that reflects your personality.
The astonishing black and white photos of Eli Lotar (1905 – 1969) are on show at the Jeu de Paume at the same time as a new video piece called Somniculus by artist Ali Cherri.
Here’s all the info.
…and we have two special offers that you and your loved one will love love LOVE!
A massage? Chocolates? Roses? Champagne? Breakfast in bed? A romantic room with a breathtaking view?…
Click for all the info about the exclusive Valentine’s Day package at the Dames du Panthéon and the Valentine’s Day special at the Hotel and Spa La Belle Juliette!