Anne Gelbard and her ‘Home Couture’

When you own a chain of hotels, it’s normal to keep your eye on the latest trends in interior design, and when we first saw Anne Gelbard’s collection we instantly fell in love. Imagine how excited we were then when she invited us to visit her workshop…
Hotel Paris
all photos by jasonw excepted where marked


Anne set her space up about ten years ago after graduating from Paris’ École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. At the end of a leafy Parisian passage near Bastille, she has a modest-size room and an office across the courtyard, both brimming with inspirational books, fabrics that she has designed and… secrets!
Hotel Paris
Hotel Paris
Hotel Paris
Hotel Paris
Hotel Paris
Anne has developed her own technique for fixing metal (gold leaf, silver, copper, etc.) to fabric, paper and even feathers. It wasn’t long before that France’s top fashion designers started commissioning her to work on pieces for their collections.
Hotel Paris
Hotel Paris
Hotel Paris
Recently she has extended her haute couture techniques into the realm of what she calls home couture with a line of exclusive wallpapers, cushions, fabrics and decorative panels. A roll of wallpaper can cost around 200 euros (£157 / $310), although prices vary depending on the model. We especially like the flowery one with gold/orange tints. Beautiful stuff…
Hotel Paris
She also does incredibly lush decorative panels in the same sort of style…
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This one’s just a prototype I think…
Hotel Paris
Anne is always very busy and we didn’t want to get in her way for too long, so we took as many shots as we could in a short time so as not to get under her feet. She is always very bubbly and smiley, although by the number of reports I’ve seen on the web and in fashion magazines, it would seem there’s a journalist with her every other day. 😉
Hotel Paris
Hotel Paris
It was great to have a quick look into her creative world, and hopefully we’ll be seeing more of Anne in the near future. She does not have a shop or website of her own, but you can find her wallpaper at Saint Honoré Wallcoverings or Au Fil des Couleurs for example.

You’ll find more photos of the beautiful things we saw during our photo shoot at the rather lush Flickr gallery we’ve put together. Don’t miss it!
Hotel Paris
photo of Anne by Julien Clapot

By the way, we are not sponsored by Anne in any way, we just happen to love her stuff! If you do too, you can contact Anne on +33 (0)1 43 14 60 10.