17/11/16 - Le Meurice, Dorchester Collection, Paris
Following the footsteps of Madame de Pompadour
200 years on, Le Meurice is continuing this tribute with the refinement of the 18th century and a completely new suite named after the Marquise de Pompadour. Having enlisted Philippe Starck to renovate the hotel's restaurants in May last year, Charles Jouffre was the one given the challenge of creating the Pompadour Suite in the style of a royal residence.
For Franka Holtmann, General Manager of Le Meurice, dedicating the new suite to Madame de Pompadour was an obvious choice. Patron of the arts, symbol of femininity and passion, this icon with close ties to the historic court of Louis XV embodies all of the values, which define Le Meurice's own identity.
The Marquise played a part in developing Louis XVI's style, which was a major departure from the lavish gilding of the preceding period. Characterised by a more minimalist elegance, the dominant style during the reign of Louis XVI returned to antique-inspired shapes and focused more on the structure of furniture, taking shapes from neoclassical architecture.
This style is epitomised by the collaboration with Prelle on the suite's silk textiles. Based in Lyon since 1752, its workshops have preserved the looms used at the time, which enabled the production of the stunning fabric surrounding the suite's windows. This sparkling damask defines the harmony of this private space and uses light to create a sublime interplay of reflections between its shades of gold and raspberry.
With your very first step into the suite, you enter a world immersed in a voyager's daydream. A bust of Madame de Pompadour, reproduced from an original by the Manufacture de Sevres, faces a trompe l'oeil diorama showing the marquise in front of her chateau. This incredible artistic reproduction evokes the magic lanterns, which were very popular at the time.
All three rooms in the Pompadour Suite are in harmony: the pastel tones of the panelling work with the luxurious fabrics, the rose copper bedside lamps form an unconscious link with the work of Philippe Starck and the ceiling rose reaffirms the character of the 18th century decor.