Philippe Maidenberg is not a first-timer. After having staged the music world (with Rickie Lee Jones, Manu Katché, Jacques Higelin…) at the Triangle d’Or Hôtel, the architect gets on with cinema. And what cinema! Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claude Lelouch, Danièle Thompson, Agnès Jaoui, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Elsa Zylberstein, Ennio Morricone: all gave their time -and soul- for the decoration of the place, conceding sketches, photos, scripts, film rolls, handwritten notes, storyboards, film set decoration and personal items.
One will notably remember the red poly carbonate transparent chairs straight from the latest Thompson film “Des gens qui s’embrassent“. Or, even more iconic, the ties and the famous moustache of Bacri immortalized in “The Taste of Others”. A collection of details that bare witness of the part played by the stars involved, and give a real authenticity to the project, like the numerous winks to cinema: director’s armchairs, camera tripods as table legs, hanging projector lamps, pillows with a camera lens, flight case for the bathroom bowls… And the highlight of the hotel is a cinema room in the basement. Just book your ticket… for the night.
■ MARION TOURS Hôtel 123 Sébastopol, 123, bd de Sébastopol, Paris 2nd. From 280€ per night. 01.40.39.61.23, www.astotel.com.