Hôtel des Académies et des Arts, <br>a Modern Artists’ Hotel

Hôtel des Académies et des Arts,
a Modern Artists’ Hotel

Imagine you’re in Paris during La Belle Époque. Feel its frenetic, creative buzz! A lavish period embodied by avant-garde artists who lived on the outskirts of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Montparnasse where some of their vestiges remain. And one of them is the Hotel des Académies et des Arts. It was recently reopened to the public, after undergoing a revamp by architects Stéphanie Lizée and Raphaël Hugot who restored its noble heritage. A venture that’s part of Nicolas Saltiel’s elegant Adresses Hôtels Collection. Combining their complementary skills, the duo was “inspired by the soul of a neighbourhood associated with so many famous artists: Picasso, Modigliani, Gauguin among others” to create their vision of an artist’s house. A space in perpetual movement – thanks to disparate decorative elements that comprise the rooms which are “stripped (…) while always in the process of being created” – for a new approach to hospitality. “Fostering a closer relationship between the hotelier and their guests” this meeting place gives “the impression of being at home” while stimulating the traveller’s imagination. Art is omnipresent. This is all thanks to works carefully selected by the duo, which pay tribute to the illustrious residents who stayed here or in the surrounding area. In particular, you’ll find pastels by Franck Lebraly – inspired by sketches – which cover the ten bedrooms’ ceilings, where their colours are revealed alongside works by Charlotte Culot, Caroline Leseur and Marie-Laure André-Novak, which are also for sale! A hotel that doubles up as a gallery, where visitors can also pick up a pencil or paint brush and take part in an applied arts workshop! Plunge yourself into an all-encompassing artistic experience in the heart of Paris’s 6th arrondissement.

Hôtel des Académies et des Arts, 15 Rue de la Grande Chaumière – 75006 Paris, France. Online booking via their website www.hoteldesacademies.fren or by phone on +33 1 43 26 66 44.

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  • Stéphanie, Raphaël: can you introduce yourselves, please?
Stéphanie & Raphaël:

We spent more than 10 years gravitating around the same agencies, where we trained. Nowadays, we are still learning, but this time from each other and in our own studio, which we established in 2020.  The decorator’s job is a never-ending and inexhaustible learning process, every day and in every situation. Forming this complementary partnership has put us in a better position to meet the challenges our clients present us with. We fell into our respective roles quite naturally, each taking care of the stages we liked the most. Stéphanie sketches out her vision of the project, taking inspiration from materials and objects, and she sketches by hand, much as filmmakers do when designing their film sets. While Raphaël – inspired by this first draft – locks himself away to conceive the ideal plan, leaving no technical detail aside, envisioning himself in the spaces and coming up with the best possible layout. We each work in a very different way; Stephanie has a more visual approach and excels in composition; she visualises well-lit and softly furnished areas, which she subtly enhances with stronger touches, contrasts, and happy accidents, much as a painter would. Raphael takes a more global, architectural view, seeking balance and symmetry. He focuses on the usage scenarios and the logistics that bring the project to life.

  • Lizée-Hugot, your studio, was commissioned to renovate the Hôtel des Académies et des Arts. How did you feel about tackling this large-scale project?
Stéphanie & Raphaël

Thrilled from the very beginning! It was the day before we went on holiday in August 2020! It was such an exciting subject. We signed the contract right away and worked quietly all summer, ready to start the whole amazing project when we went back to work in September. We read a lot of books on the subject. It was a time of unprecedented energy and activity. What’s more, it was close to our hearts because Stéphanie Lizée studied interior design in the workshops of the Académie de la Grande Chaumière opposite the hotel.

  • This building is part of the architectural heritage of the Belle Époque. To what extent have you kept the essence of this historic place while adding your own signature?
Stéphanie & Raphaël

We are in the heart of the artistic district of Paris during the Belle Époque. Between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Montparnasse of the early 20th century. Our client’s wish – they’re the Adresses Hotels collection – was to rekindle this history and create an “Atelier” or studio hotel.. A place for artists, which would also should become a patron of the arts. We didn’t want to copy the conventions of the artist’s atelier or studio style but to try to create our own vision of this type of hotel. A space that has to give the impression that it is not necessarily completely finished, but in the process of being created, of being composed, of shifting spaces in which the objects give the feeling that they can be moved around easily. It was important to avoid making everything static, but we wanted to maintain a sense of balance and unity. We preferred to compose with disparate elements to draw the traveller’s eye in all directions. The straightforward colour on a black and red striped stool, the reflection of a stainless steel lamp, wall hangings in fawn silk, a monumental fresco on the ceiling, studs at the top of the walls, a reference to hanging pictures. And there are many different rooms, which avoids repetition. We believe this illustrates the vision of an artist who is always on the lookout for new discoveries and new compositions. The impression of sleeping in the bedroom of a popular artist of the time. The choice of decoration and furniture, devoid of excess, is made up of natural materials, with lime plastered walls, dark wood with knotted oak, dark sisal on the floor, muted tones such as bronze-green… An almost bare interior with no superfluous layout or decoration so as not to restrict the visitor’s imagination and to leave room for the artists and their works.

Architectes Stéphanie Lizée et Raphaël Hugot dans l'Hôtel des Académies et des Arts à Paris
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Stéphanie Lizée et Raphaël Hugot dans l'Hôtel des Académies et des Arts à Paris
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  • Tell us about the history of the name. Where does it come from? How did it inspire you?
Stéphanie & Raphaël

The building has always been a hotel; it has been for over 100 years! The Hotel des Académies et des Arts is the historic name it had when we started the project.  Fujita stayed here, and indeed it’s said that Modigliani had studios on the top floor. Next door, at number 13, was a creamery called Chez Charlotte, where penniless artists – people like Gauguin and Mucha – were said to settle their bills with a few paintings. Taking inspiration from the soul of the district where the greatest names were born was an obvious choice: Picasso, Modigliani, Gauguin and many others. And the hotel is opposite the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, frequented at the time by Bernard Buffet and Fernand Léger. References to these artists are hidden all over the place here, a fresco on a ceiling, collages, plaster casts, bronzes…

  • The Hotel des Académies et des Arts is part of the Adresses Hotels Collection – boutique hotels that really shake up the hotel concept. What was the guiding principle behind the renovation of this space with its hybrid identity?
Stéphanie & Raphaël

The feeling of being at home, with a large buffet table that also serves as a reception desk. You can serve yourself a piece of cake and make your own coffee. This allows for a warmer relationship between the hotelier and the guest. Further on, a living room with a large banquette sofa gives the feeling of being able to settle in for the evening. You can pick up an art book in the library or take a one-to-one course in the hotel’s studio, and you can explore artists’ works on tablets, displayed on a wall completely covered in paintings. You wander through this succession of rooms, always finding a different corner to sit and have a drink, discovering the décor from a new angle so that you never get bored…

  • Frescoes designed by Franck Lebraly feature in 10 rooms in the hotel. Did you commission him to do these? Why?
Stéphanie & Raphaël

Choosing Franck Lebraly was in our minds from the beginning, because we had already worked with him on a previous hotel: Le Sud in Juan les Pins in tribute to Picasso. We wanted to draw on the ceilings in the same manner as a painters’ preparatory work in the form of pastel sketches, and we wanted guests to discover them as they were lying on their beds. Works inspired by motifs dear to the cubists and surrealists, with nods to Picasso and Delaunay. As a tribute to the artists who used to frequent the premises, pastel – used for large-scale studies – was used here to maintain an instinctive approach with the pencil as an extension of the hand.

Stéphanie Lizée et Raphaël Hugot à l'Hôtel des Académies et des Arts à Paris
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Franck Lebraly à l'Hôtel des Académies et des Arts à Paris
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  • What other artists or craftspeople have you collaborated with?
Stéphanie & Raphaël

We participated in the curation of the hotel’s artworks. They were integral to the architectural project, and we selected and met all the artists who participated in the project alongside the clients. Like the Parisian ceramic artist Maximilien Pellet – who created a large-format figurative glazed earthenware piece for the hotel that can be seen at the entrance door. His works are exhibited alongside Charlotte Culot’s collages, Caroline Leseur’s paintings, Marie Laure André-Novak’s sculptures and other – more academic – drawings from Galerie Française, which are also present in some of the rooms, and in the Studio. We want to discover new artists in the future, and to continue the synergy – which already exists – with the Académie de la Grande Chaumière opposite the hotel. It currently offers life drawing classes in its iconic studios to guests here. And all the works here are for sale! On the other hand, we also worked with craftspeople to make all the hotel furniture we designed (from breakfast tables to chairs, headboards, lighting, desks and even the stools in the bedrooms…)

  • Which room do you think embodies this remarkable building as a whole?
Stéphanie & Raphaël

Room 52: a studio room with a sublime view of the Parisian rooftops and the most beautiful high ceiling.  It also contains our favourite fresco by Franck.

  • Where will we find you a few months from now?
Stéphanie & Raphaël

We’re currently working on some apartments in Paris with stunning proportions, but we’re working on our very first furniture collection, too.

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We didn’t want to copy the conventions of the artist’s atelier or studio style but to try to create our own vision of this type of hotel.

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Franck Lebraly dans l'Hôtel des Académies et des Arts
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