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Get Inspired By The Best Interior Design Projects by India MahdaviWednesday 12 June 2019
Paris-based top interior designer and architect India Mahdavi’s name is a reflection of the designer herself – exotic, feminine, dramatic. It’s a name that evokes a chic, global sensibility and one that completely captures the essence of her designs. India’s work has become a reference for renowned hotels, restaurants and commercial spaces. She has worked for and/or collaborated with the Connaught Hotel in London, the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel in Monaco, Claridge’s Hotel in London, L’Apogée in Courchevel, Café Français in Paris, The Gallery at Sketch in London to only name a few. Today, CovetED will tell you all about this amazing interior designer, see below some of her best interior design projects.
In 2003, India Mahdavi opened its first showroom in rue Las Cases 3, which features high-end furniture exclusively manufactured in France, while in its second showroom, which opened later in December 2011 in rue Las Cases 19, are proposed small objects, which reveal a radical change of scale. India Mahdavi has become an exclusive brand, offering a complete philosophy that is distinguished by a special language: a high-end brand, cheerful, “nomadic”, chic, elegant, art de vivre, a true lifestyle. India Mahdavi is the author of the book «Home Chic», an interior style guide, written with journalist Soline Delos and published by Flammarion in 2012. She was awarded the Designer of the Year Prize by the famous “Scènes d’intérieur / Maison et Objets” fair.
See Our Choice And Get Inspired By India Mahdavi’s Work:
Le Germain Restaurant in Paris
Perpendicular to the Boulevard St Germain, located at 25/27 of the charming rue de Buci, there is now an additional dining option for the selective Parisians, and not only, under the name Germain. Opened by Thierry Costes, a connoisseur of resto-business activities and run successfully since May 2009 alongside other restaurants and cafes owned by the Costes brothers, the Café Germain offers an alternative to the traditional Parisian brasserie.
The ground floor functions as the main ‘salon’ of the venue and is where the restaurant and bar of the venue can be found. At first glance, the interior of the ground floor becomes reminiscent of the past conveying to you a 70’s mood. Vibrant colours, mainly reds and yellows often accompanied by contrary blacks, vector patterns on the furniture and carpets and a full surface black-white check board-patterned floor makes you feel as if you are in a retro dining room of the 1970’s era.
L’Apogée Courchevel Hoel by India Mahdavi and Joseph Dirand
L’Apogée Courchevel is a superb destination for highly experienced skiers and anyone in search of alpine beauty. Ski facilities are first class, the subterranean spa is pure luxury, and families will find a stylish home for warm relaxation. Opened in December 2013, L’Apogée Courchevel is a cocoon of luxuriant warmth immersed in a pristine snowy panorama. The designers, India Mahdavi and Joseph Dirand, have created a deeply comfortable home for guests to return to after a day in the brilliant white snow, somewhere authentic, with easy sophistication.
I Love Paris Restaurant
I Love Paris by Guy Martin is not representative of your standard airport fare. A bold reclamation of the luxury of air travel from a bygone era, the restaurant at Charles de Gaulle Airport was designed for travellers journeying either to America or China. ‘The aim is to try to make a Chinese traveller prefer to stop over in Paris rather than Heathrow or Dubai,” said Laure Baume, deputy director of the Aeroports de Paris airport agency.
Conceived by designer India Mahdavi, the restaurant is split into three sections; The Ruinart Champagne bar, an upscale sandwich shop for speedy dining and a 70 seat fine dining restaurant – refined cuisine for the sophisticated, modern traveller. As referenced in the title, this restaurant exists as a love letter to Paris; a theme that defined the concept of the space. India was inspired by the Palais Royal, as seen in the ornate lighting surrounding the champagne bar and the use of plush materials such as the chartreuse velvet banquettes. Large glass windows provide an unobstructed view of the airport’s runways sparking conversation amongst the customers. I Love Paris showcases India’s innate ability to combine seemingly disparate elements together to create a concise, elegant and dramatic whole.
Tucked between historic façades on a tree-lined road, the Condesa df hotel fuses the name and spirit of its bohemian surroundings with architect Javier Sánchez and interior design guru India Mahdavi’s inventive, playful simplicity. From rooms to rooftop, the hotel’s 1928 French neo-classical building encompasses functional originality and incorporates local elements like custom made furniture and stone tile flooring. Its most prominent interior characteristic is the inner courtyard – for Sánchez, the most important part of the hotel: “The patio is where people can see and be seen,” he says. Indeed, its restaurant has become one of Mexico City’s prime locations for people-watching.
The remainder of the hotel is imbued with Mahdavi’s fluid modernity. Her idea was to re-interpret the work of Mexican architect Luis Barragán and design tranquil lodgings like “monks’ rooms”, some of which open onto the patio. Forty airy bedrooms in moss green, cream and chocolate brown tones are spiced up with retro lamps and indigenous touches such as hand-woven rugs; suites open to a wooden terrace amidst treetops, standing in mild contrast to the pure white of the shutters, walls and curtains. In the charmingly titled Myself area, a hammam, wet areas and a gym invite guests to indulge in relaxation. A floral theme persists throughout the property from the cushion covers down to the chopstick wrappers accompanying sushi served at the rooftop La Terazza bar, which affords views over the adjacent Parque de España and the Castillo de Chapultepec. The basement bar features weightless furniture design and the ground-floor El Patio restaurant promotes a constant flux between in- and outdoors. Simple and glamorous, Condesa DF welcomes guests to a perfect representation of the city’s new hip culture.
Latest creation and flagship of the Beaumarly group, Café Français has opened on the Place de la Bastille, Paris, a part of the city currently undergoing significant change. A contemporary brasserie, backing onto the Marais and facing the Opéra, Café Français dominates the scene and has become one of Paris’ largest establishments. The Beaumarly Group note: “Artistic design was placed in the hands of India Mahdavi and the M/M (PARIS) studio, who have jointly imbued the Café Français with a graphic density articulated at different levels and permeating its different spaces, materials, furnishings and props.”
“Following on from the two dining rooms, the veranda is the final step before the terrace and the view over the Genie. The glass roof reveals pieces of furniture decorated with burl inlays, wood and black rattan depicting a contemporary and graphic winter garden, with a discreet passage leading to the bar, also accessible through an entrance on the square. In contrast with the brasserie’s sparkling city vibe, the bar is glamorous and muted, ideal for an evening drink after the opera or theatre.”
Monte Carlo Beach Hotel
The Monte Carlo Beach Hotel is a glittery seaside landmark since the 1920s, the hotel Monte Carlo Beach, set back in lush exotic gardens, has undergone a massive contemporary makeover, directed by star designer India Mahdavi (who also designed New York’s On Rivington). Behind the original rounded terracotta façade, the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel now offers 26 rooms and 14 suites ultra-stylishly revamped in a subdued nautical melange of sea blue, white, brick red and beige, all with gleaming marble bathrooms with porthole windows and many with individual terraces and stunning sea views.
If you believe the saying ‘the Devil’s in the detail’ then you’ll most likely find Hotel Thoumieux devilishly good. From the brass instrument chandeliers to the M/M Paris custom brass door handles and matching key fobs in the curly shape of their logo, each and everything you will find throughout the exclusive and luxury hotel is hand picked by interior mastermind India Mahdavi. Let’s take a look.
Located above the famous Brasserie Thoumieux, the 15-room Hotel Thoumieux in Paris, France is a chic, intimate boutique hotel with Art Deco interior design by India Mahdavi. The stylish yet whimsical interior decor is typical of Mahdavi’s fearless contemporary design. Filled with delights such as Mille-Feuille and croissants that are perfectly flakey, you won’t need to venture far for a taste of real French patisserie. It is truly artistic and chock full of irresistible sweet treats. If you happen to come to the end of your stay and want a little more of Hotel Thoumieux, their fudge comes in little gift pouches available to take home so that you can ensure the very unique taste of the Hotel and Patisserie Thoumieux lasts a little longer.
Le Cloitre Hotel
On the square, a hundred-year-old Paulownia. This tall, single tree insulates Le Cloître and casts its kind shade over groups of friends gathered at tables underneath. Inside, the air is soft, cool, calm. We are struck by its geometry. We slide down its corridors as if on skates. We can hear the local school in the distance. Everywhere the city is bustling, but then the uproar fades when it reaches the stones. The design and colours breathe new life into this space. Should we have a reading break or a coffee break, or should we have a drink on the rooftop instead? At Le Cloître, unwinding is organized. Comfort is designed to inspire. The library is made to escape. The fluidity of service is conceived for well-being. This time of calm ends in moments of sharing, in revelations. It soon becomes a necessity to stay at this hotel without stars.
She infuses this place with well-being and delight as she does everywhere else. The Designer India Mahdavi uses a palette of local colours that are both fresh and deep to illuminate Le Cloître and its Épicerie. She brings a very personal touch to this place, rich with eight centuries of history, to the spirit of Arles, and to the Camargue region and its unique temperament. She shows the greatest respect for the work of memory in this building, which has been sustained by successive types of architecture since the Middle Ages, if only by the choice of raw materials used in the claddings and in the custom-designed furniture, all of which is brought together in an expressive and singular way, giving Le Cloître a unique, magical dimension.
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