Project: Mode Aparthotel Arc de Triomphe
Mode Aparthotel Arc de Triomphe is a luxury aparthotel situated near Champs-Élysées, one of the world’s most prestigious streets and is located just a stone’s throw away from Arc de Triomphe.
ARTIQ Hotel Art Consultant, Ben Webb worked closely with hotel owner and hospitality platform BridgeStreet, design studio Swatchroom and creative agency Hunter Gatherer to develop an art collection for the apartments, suites and public areas.
Mode Aparthotel Arc de Triomphe offers an elegant embodiment of Parisian luxury and joie de vivre, blending 19th century architecture with a relaxed and contemporary interior design scheme to provide the perfect home away from home for the modern traveller.
For the public areas, ARTIQ worked with Hunter Gatherer to develop a series of bespoke original artworks, created in-house by ARTIQ studio artist, Joe Owens. Drawing upon the vibrant history of Parisian pop culture for inspiration, Joe created a triptych for the lobby that depicts cultural icons who have lived and worked in Paris, including Josephine Baker and Jacques Brel. Joe’s large-scale work offers a striking focal point for guests as they enter the building and communicates the rich cultural history of Mode’s location.
For the fitness centre, Joe developed a series of vintage sporting posters, using a vivid and contemporary palette to reflect to the elegant blend of heritage and modernity seen in the interior design scheme.
For the suite collection, ARTIQ researched and procured work by local Parisian artists, Christian Gastaldi and Matheiu Bernard Martin. Working closely with the ARTIQ arts research team, Ben selected work by local artists that would reflect the culture and innovation of the city, offering a powerful place-making tool for the hotelier and the opportunity for guests to experience local arts and culture throughout their stay.
‘Sous Le Pont’ is a series of works by Parisian artist, Christian Gastaldi. Taking inspiration from the bohemian underpasses of Paris, the series explores where image and colour come together, producing an urbane collage that pulsates with avant-garde energy.
Ben also procured work by Paris based artist, Mathieu Bernard Martin. Mathieu’s work focuses on street art and bohemian culture through the 1980s and uses found materials and previous drawings to make compositions, incorporating processes such as shredding and found materials such as tape and other items.
A series of photographic wallpapers can also be seen as a decorative wall feature in the studios and apartments, designed by ARTIQ studio artist Joe Owens and depicting architectural features of Paris.