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Hotel Lutetia, Paris

design Jean-Michel Wilmotte
2018
recommended by Lema
Following a complete refurbishment that took more than four years and had a total cost of more than 200 million euros, the iconic Hôtel Lutetia has opened its doors on the 12th of July, in Paris Saint Germain arrondissement. First opened in 1910, by Margherite Boucicaut, Lutetia immediately became a meeting point for writers and artists: from Joyce to Beckett, from Hemingway to Picasso. Acquired in 2010, year of its 100th birthday, by the Israeli group Alrov, it is the only 5 star hotel on the Rive Gauche.

An exclusive turn-key project supervised by Lema Contract, that supplied the fittings for the 175 rooms and the Suite named after Josephine Baker, developing for every room a bespoke solution that could unite the aesthetic needs of the Wilmotte project with the technical needs that a refurbishment on such a large scale of a historical building requires, integrating technical systems, security systems, air conditioning, domotics.
The refurbishment had as its main aim that of giving a new life to the building, cutting the number of rooms to increase their size, whilst keeping the original structure where possible, without demising its timeless appeal and historic value.

Lema Contract completed the rooms supplying flooring, ceilings, wood panelling for the walls and the bow windows; wooden, glass and gold decorated doors, boiserie, bed headboards and mobile bar furnishing. Thanks to the profound expertise and the manufacturing culture that identifies Lema since its creation, Lema Contract has developed and completed internally in the Giussano factory the customised solutions following the drawings provided by studio Wilmotte for the boiserie in blue and grey durmast wood, with its delicate “textile” effect. A three-dimensional effect, very complicated to replicate, a true work of high cabinet-making. A key characteristic of the project by Wilmotte was the ability to maintain a contemporary approach whilst preserving the refined spirit of the original building that dates back to the beginning of the 18th century.

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