“I am a film director, I create stories, films”: all Philippe Starck’s hotels in Paris

The Brach in Paris, signed Philippe Starck.© Guillaume de Laubier

Brach Paris, 2018

5 stars, 52 rooms and 7 suites

This is the first bend towards the glass houses bathed in light that will be the Villa M and the Too. At Brach, Starck must reinvent the most relaxed hotel of the 16th centurystop in an architectural shell of the 1930s, between modernism and Bauhaus. He adds his red thread, a touch of dadaism and surrealism. Warm colors, raw natural materials – wood, concrete leather, marble, metal – rooftop, terraces, swimming pools, sports club and pastry shop… In short, the big gap between the needs of our time. Light intoxicates, light leather and wood take up all the space, the multicultural influences ofAfrica, Asia, South America are embodied by totems, sculptures, and other poetic surprises. The ceiling of the restaurant is signed Ara Starck. Each room is different, and the suites, on the top floors, open onto the city and have their own garden with jacuzzi, terrace and 180° view. Starck invests the walls up to the ceiling, where very high, he puts shelves with books and trinkets – out of reach -. Le Brach Paris is a joyful bustle, well anchored in its neighborhood, not very prolific in hotels. A safe bet and a business that lasts.

The Brach terrace in Paris, signed Philippe Starck.© Yann Audic

The hotel according to Philippe Starck

1-7, rue Jean Richepin 75016 Paris, from €650, www.brachparis.com

The Il Carpaccio restaurant at the Royal Monceau in Paris.© The Travel Buds

Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris, 2010

5 star-palace, 85 rooms and 64 suites

From the top of avenue Hoche, you can only see it and its impeccable Haussmann façade, its recognizable ruby-colored marquise. The palace revisits the classic codes of luxury hotels and wants to embody Parisian elegance, but under the impetus of Philippe Starck, above all, to shake up the codes. In 2008, his Demolition Party sets the tone of its modernity. Exit the interior decoration of Jacques Garcia dating from 2004. The hotel was emptied of its Louis XVI attributes, its furniture and silverware sold at auction and artists squatted in its rooms for an evening. Starck wants to pay tribute to the genius of french touch, to his irreverence, his critical spirit, his sagacity, his movement. Starck loves movement. He transformed it into a palace at a time when the Roaring Twenties were over, because in 2008, it was the crisis. Never mind. The hotel reopened in 2010 and insists: welcome gentlemen, adventurers, artists and writers 2.0, or those who refer to it, that is to say the businessmen of the VIIIe arrondissement. He wants to pay homage to the cultural influence of the Roaring Twenties, and its festive spirit. » Under the Starck umbrella, bathroom interiors are full mirror and steel, XXL paintings, lampshades scribbled with a message, little notes and books lying around like at home.

“I am a film director, I create stories, films”: all Philippe Starck’s hotels in Paris