Uncovering an Unlikely Art Scene in Paris
Hôtel Le A is not really a hotel. Its creators didn’t design a guesthouse; they concocted a work of art with bedrooms and a great lounge bar attached. Your first impression is of a downtown SoHo gallery of the Seventies: definitely art scene, and more Right Bank sophistication than Left Bank boho. You half expect to find Leo Castelli in a corner, arguing over prices with Andy Warhol. Le A is a collaboration between architect/interior designer Fréderic Mechiche, and Fabrice Hybert, artist, both contemporaries of Andy and Leo — and, thanks to their vintage, well versed in the nuances of classic Seventies chic. Each room is unique and filled with broad canvases, and the entire elevator changes colours to indicate different floors. Call it minimalism lite.