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Discover Humbert & Poyet's 1950s industrial workshop inspired hotel rooms for the Hoxton Paris
The Hoxton, Paris is opening its doors on rue du Sentier in Paris’ second arrondissement.
The new location follows on from London and Amsterdam (with Williamsburg, New York to come) and boasts 171 rooms in the magnificent Hôtel Rivié, built in the 18th century by architect Nicolas d’Orbay for Etienne Rivié, advisor to Louis XV. This jewel in the crown of Parisian history had been converted into a clothing factory before being abandoned for about ten years. After four years of construction, it is being brought back to life.
The Hoxton, Paris was designed as a collaboration between local Parisian design studio, Humbert & Poyet (bedrooms), long-time Hoxton partner, Soho House (public spaces) and Ennismore’s creative team (bringing it all together).
The public spaces – including the restaurant and the lobby – were designed by Soho House, preserving the major historical architectural features and using them as a guide for the site’s renovation. The 18th-century spiral staircase and cobblestone floor connect the lobby to the lattice of inner courtyards that surround the hotel. This cohesive look is further pulled together by greenery decorating the lobby and the stone ornaments in the outdoor areas. Wood and marble panels complement the French-inspired furniture and lighting in the restaurant and bar, creating a contemporary, intimate ambiance, heightened by the wide couches and upholstered walls. Upstairs, Jacques’ Bar extends the theme of comfort with parquet flooring, leather armchairs, and vintage ceilings in the signature Hoxton style.
Interior designers Humbert & Poyet were entrusted with the 171 rooms, mixing a classic Parisian feel with a 1950s-atmosphere reminiscent of small industrial workshops. The cornices, wainscoting, and herringbone parquet evoke the building’s original grandeur. The Lampe Gras lamps, woven metallic partitions, classic 1950s materials like Formica, and references to designers such as Jean Prouvé and Mathieu Matégo connect these spaces to their history. This dialogue across time is reflected in how the bathrooms are designed as independent units: multifunctional boxes framed by metalwork that can be used as a wardrobe or desk. As the decorators emphasise, “the room decor pays homage to French artisanalexpertise from two very important periods in Parisian history: the late 19th century and the 1950s”.
Humbert & Poyet
Two architects, Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet, joined forces to form Humbert & Poyet.
The design and fashion enthusiasts decided to pool their skills to provide a full range of services from construction to interior design. They both studied in Paris, the former as a state-qualified architect (Paris-Belleville National School of Architecture graduate) and the latter as a CFAI interior designer (Académie Charpentier graduate). It all began in 2007 when Emil Humbert, from Paris, opened his architecture firm and Christophe Poyet, from Monaco, had just graduated. Humbert & Poyet was founded a year after they first met: “It was natural, I instantly knew we’d work together,” says Emil Humbert.
Their projects focus on elegant and meticulous designs to create timeless spaces using premium materials such as stone, wood and bronze. Naturally, the most important thing is to reflect the client’s personality and respect the soul of the site.
Humbert & Poyet put their stamp on public work sites with their expert choice of materials, lighting design or their ability to showcase a space and set the scene for the client to take centre stage. “We communicate constantly throughout a project. Our symbiosis forms the foundations of our projects and ensures the space that we’ve imagined works,” says Christophe Poyet.
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