Located in the heart of the French capital’s business district—La Défense—and nestled in a glass building, this hotel full of contrasts is an ode to the work and aesthetic of Ettore Sottsass. For his newest venture, Oscar Lucien Ono—founder of Paris-based interior design studio Maison Numéro 20—introduced striped columns, lines and curves, and colorful and geometric motifs in the public areas, 151 rooms, and 16 suites of MGallery Nest. He custom-made some of the wood furniture and accessories such as the carpets, mirrors, coat hooks, round tables, and poufs, combining them with Hermès cushions and brass detailing. Audacious and vibrant, MGallery Nest reveals design surprises in every corner—many of which we’re ready to bring into our own home.
The stripe, a key element of the Memphis movement, can be used on curtains and cushions or painted on a wall as if it were an artwork. According to Oscar Lucien, “it is also interesting to do a mix and match of thin and thick stripes to bring some visual energy to a space. But be careful not to [do] too much!” The secret is to find the right dose and balance to make the most of these eye-catching elements that Oscar Lucien used to adorn the oversized columns in the lobby.
Combining shades of colors with golden details
For MGallery Nest, Oscar Lucien chose tones of pink, orange, yellow, coral, and terra-cotta, and combined them with golden touches. The variation of the same shades—from warm to cold—is one way to create a pleasant palette and common thread for a room. When using warm colors, balance them with a neutral tone, such as gray. The use of golden accents brightens the space and shapes a soft and cozy atmosphere.
Mixing raw and precious materials
This type of blend—with marble, leather, brass, and wood, among other materials—creates the right balance for any room’s decoration. It gives a harmonious and cohesive feeling throughout, which is essential to feel at ease in a space. The result is comfy yet elegant, welcoming yet refined.
Balancing curves and angles
Geometric shapes were essential in the Memphis style. In MGallery Nest, rounded forms mark out the different areas through the use of a rug or a sofa, for example. Curved furniture also softens the spaces.
Playing with graphic ceramic tiles
In the bathrooms of the hotel, Oscar Lucien used graphic ceramic tiles to add some dynamism. The asymmetrical shapes of the tiles in some parts of the floor and walls give an artistic touch. The interior designer custom-designed the round mirrors to play with forms in a fun way.
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest