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François Champsaur Rejuvenates the Hôtel Vernet

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The Incredible Furnas Boutique Hotel in the Azores

People often forget the Azores when booking a holiday but in recent years the archipelago is finally getting the recognition it deserves. The incredible islands have an unbelievable amount to offer and are one of Europe’s most breathtaking natural havens. The Furnas Boutique Hotel is a luxury hotel which offers visitors a stunning experience to connect with nature and to truly relax.boutique hotel The Incredible Furnas Boutique Hotel in the Azores PP DSC 1057

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Located on the São Miguel Island, in the valley of the Furnas, which is the area with the most concentrated thermal waters in Europe, the Furnas Boutique Hotel is truly a remarkable luxury experience bathed in the peace and tranquillity of nature.

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The interior design is reflective of the relaxation you will experience during your stay. The beautiful combination of modern and traditional influences creates a stunning balance and helps visitors to find their zen whilst connecting to nature. The use of an earthy and down-to-earth palette of greys and browns as well as the stone elements truly integrates the Furnas Boutique Hotel into its surroundings.

The Hotel offers a wide range of experiences for each type of traveller. From the adventure and sports enthusiasts to nature lovers, there is something to do for everyone.

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The Furnas Boutique Hotel also has its stunning À Terra restaurant. The natural fruits of nature and the rustic lifestyle inspire the incredible food here. With a menu boasting plates that will bring you the most delicious aromas, textures and tastes.

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The Thermal Spa at this luxury boutique hotel must not be overlooked. This is the perfect place to unwind and appreciate the true tranquillity of the island. The Furnas Boutique Hotel boasts both an outdoor and indoor thermal experience pools.

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When booking your next holiday to Europe do not forget to take a look at what the Azores has to offer and in particular the Furnas Boutique Hotel, the perfect place to take everything in and unwind.

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François Champsaur Rejuvenates the Hôtel Vernet

Few places ooze more classic Parisian cachet than the Hôtel Vernet, occupying an ornate belle epoque town house just a croissant’s throw from the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Gustave Eiffel himself contributed the marquee attraction, the glass-and-iron roof above the restaurant, originally a dance hall. So when François Champsaur’s namesake firm was hired by the new owner, Bessé Signature, to oversee a full renovation of the 50-room property for its 100th birthday, he received one clear directive: Do something Parisian.

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For Champsaur, chosen over the arguably more boldfaced Philippe Starck and Pierre-Yves Rochon, the first step was simply to highlight the most compelling details. That meant not just the restaurant roof but also the checkerboard marble floor, the sweeping spiral staircase, and the ele­vator with its wrought-iron cage. Then Champsaur faced the key question: What, exactly, constitutes a new Parisian interior?

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Champsaur said that Paris “is about the skills of our individual craftspeople, the furniture-makers, the woodworkers, the people who work with fabrics.” The emphasis on creative traditions makes particular sense because the city has recently undergone “a renaissance of creativity,” he adds. “There are lots of artists, artisans, designers, and architects now. We need to incorporate this movement and show how Paris has evolved.”

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He custom-designed much of the Hôtel Vernet’s furniture, which was in turn executed by local ateliers. His dedication to natural materials, especially stone and wood, melds with imaginative free-form shapes and patterns—almost nothing looks like it rolled off an assembly line or was plucked from a showroom. With his personality-rich furniture, one-off decorative details, and unexpected color juxtapositions, the striking overall result complements the eclectic work by contemporary French artists displayed throughout the hotel.

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The redone restaurant, named the V, sets the tone. To update the vibe beneath Eiffel’s glass roof, from dance hall to living room, Champsaur covered the walls above the long curved banquettes with abstract paintings, prints, drawings, gouaches, and sketches. Original artwork is an essential component of every hospitality project he tackles. “For hotels, design is insufficient,” he says. “You need to bring in poetry, invention, imagination, not just tables and lamps.”

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Because the glass roof admits too much sun glare, he absorbed it with a rug that’s largely black. It’s punctuated with blue and beige twig shapes, intended as a modern-day answer to the belle epoque floral patterns painted on the glass. This interplay between overhead and underfoot is another central component of Champsaur’s design. “We took an antique motif and fragmented it, making it more contemporary,” he explains. In the dialogue between past and present, each era highlights the other.

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Multiple dialogues unfold in the adjacent lounge, where Champsaur’s vision of art and artisanship is most fully realized. To counter­balance an original mantelpiece in marble and brass, he placed a tall copper screen, pleated vertically like an unfolded piece of paper, at the opposite end of the room. In front of the screen stands a marble bar with an amoeboid form recalling one of his favorite modern masters, Jean Arp.

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Even more impressive are the lounge’s contributions from a living artist, Jean-Michel Alberola. On the ceiling, Alberola painted a universe of unusual geometric forms, mostly black or white, floating against a pale gold background that echoes the room’s brass and copper elements. It’s a return to the venerable artistic tradition of artworks as part of the fabric of buildings. “Like the Sistine Chapel,” Champsaur says. For the floor, Alberola designed a rug with blobs and splotches of blue, purple, red, and orange floating on a gray ground. The parallel surfaces seem to respond to each other.

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Since period details had disappeared from the guest rooms, Champsaur invented era-appropriate crown moldings and specified sink fittings in unfinished brass that will develop a natural patina as they age. French oak plays a lead role in the form of floor planks, tall headboards, and wall-size sliding doors. His desktops combine blocks of color in a manner suggestive of Piet Mondrian, another favorite. Above each desk hangs a mirror dreamed up by Alberola, the roughly round shape evoking a child’s attempts at paper cutouts. Looking into the glass, guests merge with the artwork and the room simultaneously, creating the ultimate dialogues: beholder with beheld, individual with environment.

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