Hotel National des Arts et Métiers — Paris, France
Following the success of Hotel Bachaumont, fashion magnate Samy Marciano has finally opened his second property in a Hausmannian chunk on Rue Saint-Martin, where neighbourhoods Sentier and Le Marais meet. Designed by Raphael Navot – the man behind David Lynch’s Club Silencio – the 70-room bolt-hole takes subtle cues from the nearby Musée des Arts et Métiers, an institution dedicated to invention, science and technology before mass industrial production.
To wit, a natural palette of black marble, untreated timber and oxidised copper sets the scene for one-off pieces such as hand-painted raw linen panels by artist Gael Davrinche and Jars’ ceramic tableware on which chef Julien Cohen serves house made pasta dishes like linguine with creamy sheep’s milk. Surrounding a central courtyard, the guestrooms channel a similar sensibility with industrial cement slatted walls, Kvadrat headboards and Tatra chairs. Don’t miss the Herbarium bar, where tipples are concocted using vintage perfume beakers within a wild forest setting.