Hôtel André Latin – A Legacy of Passion

The Hôtel André Latin is an iconic project with a modern twist and a retro lighting inspiration.

The majestic André Latin hotel is located in the heart of the «Quartier Latin» close to the Luxembourg gardens and the Pantheon, in the 5th Arrondissement of Paris, which is one of the oldest districts in the capital with its typical streets and universities.

After many months of renovations, the Hôtel André Latin finally opens its doors to the public once again and unveils its fabulous new world. The hotel has been influenced by the Belle époque, in the honor of André, the grandfather and the founder of the establishment, a famous dandy of the 19th century.

Fabien and Guillaume Sodano reinvented their hotel based on the codes extracted from that iconic era, with a modern twist and a friendly and welcoming environment, full of elegance and authenticity.

The new cocktail bar André Latin welcomes visitors into an immersive world, a «home sweet home» filled with 34 seats, including a terrace directly accessible from the street. The warm atmosphere that prevails is partly revealed by a clever combination of comfortable sofas in luxurious tweed, marble bistro tables, mirrors, Art Deco illustrations and furniture from the 50’s. The bar perfectly reflects the spirit of the Latin Quarter and welcomes all generations, in this unusual place.

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The creative energy for this project has firstly been focused on the ground floor and it comprises four distinct areas: the lobby with a concept store and reception desk, the living room and the bar. The general redevelopment was conceived from floor to floor, detail by detail.

Michael Malapert has been working to revive the soul of the André, inspired by the origins and history of the dandyism from the 19th century. This approach was born by stimulating fusion between the codes of a historical time to those of contemporary artistic values.

The purpose of the aim of the exercise was to create a dynamic dialogue between the two worlds, to spread a poetic message, capturing all the charm of this place that had many lives. Some original walls were protected to uphold the heritage of the building.

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The furniture is designed from 50 legendary blueprints using only noble materials like marble, brass, solid wood, beveled mirrors, alongside the wallpaper graphics, while the black and white ceramic paving accompanies the lighting fixtures by Gubi and DelightFULL facing the «bistro» tables and the seats covered with Kvadrat.

From the lighting brand DelightFULL, the Hôtel André Latin counts with the designs from the brands core collection, the Heritage Collection and faces 2 iconic pieces, the Brubeck Wall Lamp at the cocktail bar and the Galliano Wall Lamp at the bedrooms.

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Michaël Malapert | The interior designer

Michael Malapert launched his interior design agency in 2005. From the start he developed living and commercial spaces on a national level. His work reflects the codes of contemporary luxury, always factoring in the historical context of each project and taking into account function as well as the energy released by the space itself.

Michael’s visual vocabulary enhances the well-being always designing sustainability and a balance between form and function. Each project tells a story through the architecture and design, enhancing the ergonomics of each space to provide a clear path.

His approach is simple choosing and assembling the key ingredients for the project – materials, lights, volumes – to form the basis of a coherent study and selecting the artisans based on their proficiency.

Overseeing the construction to ensure the quality of each part. Choosing to work with what the space has to offer instead of demolishing and keeping the authenticity of the places as much as possible.

In recent years Michael has enjoyed amazing success and built an incredible range of projects, from the Speakeasy, the bar of the Jules and Jim hotel, Yuman the 100% organic restaurant, A-Noste, the gourmet restaurant of chef Julien Duboué, the bistronomic Colonel Moutarde or Kristin Frederick’s Huabu, the founder of the reputed Camion qui fume, La Maison Bleue and the Café de la Marine in the 10th arrondissement.

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