at the heart of Paris’s fashionable Rue St Honore, the Mandarin
Hotel is a few minutes’ walk from the elegant Tuileries gardens
with the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay. Originally a government ministry
building built in the classical vernacular and carefully restored by
Wilmotte architects. The interior design was shared between SM Design
and Jouin Manku agency. SM Design, a Paris based agency designed the
Lobby, Spa and Guest suites. With Jouin Manku an internationally acclaimed
agency, also Paris based taking on Camilia the All Day Dining restaurant,
Bar 8 the Hotel Bar and the Sur le Mesure Gourmet restaurant.
dpa Lighting design were responsible for lighting design
of all front of house areas, the courtyard, guestsuites and the façade.
Working closely with all 3 different designers Wilmotte, Jouin Manku
and SM Design, dpa had to address all the different design styles whilst
maintaining a coherent lighting strategy throughout the hotel, to allow
a natural flow between the more traditional Paris apartment aesthetic
of SM Design and the innovative and contemporary spaces of Jouin Manku.
The AJM spaces required an exacting attention to detail with great care
taken to conceal and integrate the lighting to the sculptural interiors.
Where used even the downlights were concealed in a custom plaster cone
to hide the luminaire view and a custom snoot arrangement used to ensure
there was no visible brightness on the ceiling further concealing the
location of the light source.