Hotel Lutetia in Paris: a new iconic project for Lema Contract
Following a complete refurbishment that took more than four years and had a total cost of more than 200 million euros, the iconic Hôtel Lutetia has officially reopened its doors on the 12th of July, in Paris Saint Germain arrondissement. First opened in 1910, by the Boucicaut family, to host the wealthy families that came to Paris to shop at the nearby Bon Marchè, Lutetia immediately became a meeting point for writers and artists: from Joyce to Beckett, from Hemingway to Picasso. Acquired in 2010, year of its 100th birthday, by the Israeli group Alrov, it is the only 5 star hotel on the Rive Gauche.
Lutetia Hotel perfectly represents Lema’s essence, which has always been strongly tied to bespoke furniture and fittings. With this fascinating project Lema reconfirms its leading role on an international level for large-scale hospitality and residential projects, alongside every other expression of the project.
“The Lutetia Hotel project, the biggest managed by Lema Contract in the French capital, fascinated us right from the start, and we are honoured to be a partner of such an iconic refurbishment in one of the world’s fashion capitals. An ambitious project that kept our Lema Contract team busy for four years and that reconfirms the deep connection that ties us to each project. The know-how that we built over the years allows us to work with developers and architects to analyse the feasibility of the whole project, and we are able to set a timescale and cost prediction, as well as completing both the furniture and the structural fittings.” comments Angelo Meroni – Lema President
An exclusive turn-key project supervised by Lema Contract, that supplied the fittings for the 175 rooms and the Suite named after Josephine Baker, developing for every room a bespoke solution that could unite the aesthetic needs of the Wilmotte project with the technical needs that a refurbishment on such a large scale of a historical building requires, integrating technical systems, security systems, air conditioning and domotics.
The refurbishment had as its main aim that of giving a new life to the building, cutting the number of rooms to increase their size, whilst keeping the original structure where possible, without demising its timeless appeal and historic value.
Lema Contract completed the rooms supplying flooring, ceilings, wood panelling for the walls and the bow windows; wooden, glass and gold decorated doors, boiserie, bed headboards and mobile bar furnishing. Thanks to the profound expertise and the manufacturing culture that identifies Lema since its creation, Lema Contract has developed and completed internally in the Giussano factory the customised solutions following the drawings provided by studio Wilmotte for the boiserie in blue and grey durmast wood, with its delicate “textile” effect. A three-dimensional effect, very complicated to replicate, a true work of high cabinet-making. A key characteristic of the project by Wilmotte was the ability to maintain a contemporary approach whilst preserving the refined spirit of the original building that dates back to the beginning of the 18th century.
An intense challenge for the Lema Contract division – with more than 50 team members split between technicians, designers, project and site managers – who from the head quarter in Giussano and the London branch in the heart of Chelsea, curate exclusive furnishings throughout the world, working with architects and developers, developing the best solutions for customised projects, in aesthetic and functional terms.