I have always loved designer Martin Margiela's obsession with the color white. Margiela retired as chief designer from his eponymous label a few seasons ago but has kept busy spreading his vision of white by designing the 17 rooms and public spaces of the La Maison des Champs Elysees. I had the distinct pleasure of getting a tour of the rooms and hotel last month. I wish I didn't live in Paris only so I could stay in one of the killer chic rooms. I especially love the suite with the cabin of curiosities and the picture frames covered in white cotton. Once the home of Princess d’Essing, the Duchess of Rivoli, dating backto 1864, Margiela has transformed the grand old dame into a sleek, sparkling playground with his signature white with touches of gray and black.
The stark lobby has a dramatic smoked mirrored cube housing the reception desk and the elegant lounge has a black lacquered baby grand piano to contrast the all white furnishings. In addition to the restaurant La Table du 8, bar, and lounge, there is a cigar room.
La Maison des Champs Elysees
8 rue Goujon, 75008
Metro: Franklin Roosevelt
Eye Prefer Paris Photos for Sale
I am happy to announce the sale of prints of my Eye Prefer Paris Photos. I am offering 17 of my most popular and iconic images for sale including my courtyards, doors, architectural details, statues, and monuments. They will make great gifts for all your Francophile friends, relatives, and colleagues but don't forget to buy some for yourself.
Click here to see photos and for full details including sizes, prices, and shipping. Here is a sample of some of the photos.
New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotteís professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
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I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
Tours cost 195 euros for up to 3 people, and 65 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com