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The new look of the legendary Hotel Lutetia

The Parisian icon reopens after four years of renovations with a design that propels it into the 21st century.

Since the beginning of the 20th century, the Hotel Lutetia – located midway between the Saint-Germain of existentialism and the Montparnasse of jazz and artist studios – has been the HQ of the literary and artistic crowds. A building brimming with stories, it has hosted luminaries such as Jean Cocteau, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, Serge Gainsbourg, Catherine Deneuve, David Lynch and Brad Pitt.

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  • Hotel Lutetia’s New Look

    The facade of the hotel features well-preserved Art Nouveau carvings by French sculptor Leon Binet and Paul Belmondo.

    With an aesthetic straddling the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements, it was also a place where artists like Arman, Philippe Hiquily and Takis left their mark. The late French sculptor Cesar Baldaccini decorated his own suite, while Binet animated the iconic undulating stone facade with depictions of birds, angels, vines and bunches of grapes. By the time the hotel closed in 2014 for renovations, it owned nearly 280 listed artworks.

This article was originally published in Home & Decor.

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