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François Champsaur Extends The Hôtel du Ministère, Paris

Francis Amiand

Located just steps away from the Church of La Madeleine, Rue du Fau- bourg Saint Honoré and the Champs-Elysées, the Hôtel du Ministère, designed by interior architect and designer François Champsaur in 2011, has now added 18 new rooms to its original 24.

The new Hôtel du Ministère addition offers unique duplexes and singular rooms with glass ceilings. Romantic spaces with an industrial Eiffel Tower aesthetic, bathed in starlight streaming through glass ceilings, with warm beech wood nests integrated with the original hotel panelling.


François Champsaur puts his stamp paying tribute to the artist and fashion designer studios that were formerly housed in this building. 

The metal structure of one of the building’s façades reflects the late nineteenth century architectural style of the Eiffel Tower. Many of the hotel rooms overlooking the courtyard enjoy two-story steel-framed glass walls that provide light and spectacular panoramic views of Paris.


Echoing the existing industrial aesthetic of the building, the design objective for this addition aimed to be particularly resolutely graphic. Geographic forms contrast and complement one another, just as pops of colour balance the predominant presence of black and white, enhancing the rooms in unexpected/surprising ways.

The spirit of the ‘artist’s studio’ is omnipresent in the linear fixtures and fittings along with the graphic design of the black and white carpet. The painterly brushstrokes of the carpet provide spatial rhythm and echo the play of colours between the armchairs, drapes, cushions and mosaic flooring in the bathrooms. Each room features a colour scheme based on one of the three primary colours. 

Signature pieces, such as Carlo Molino’s Gilda armchair or Franco Albini’s Tre Pezzi, add to the unique character of each room as their tubular steel frames accentuate the industrial ambiance of the building.


Francois Champsaur, in collaboration with the owner of the Hotel du Ministere chose the art work to decorate each space. Gouache, drawings and engravings all bring a unique touch that gives its intimate elegance. The galleries Marie Ricco, Maeght, Catherine Putman and Glineur Item Editions helped to complete the collection that was already in the hotel along with the sculptures of Sebastien KJito, lithographs of David Lynch, the works of artist couple KRM and visual artists Carmen Perrin and Ste- phanie Guglielmetti.

Head over to the Hôtel du Ministère‘s website for booking information, with room rates starting at $203 USD per night.

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all images © Francis Amiand