Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Design at Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé

From Vanity Fair:
Designed by Mathieu de Bayeux as a summer palace for Baron Jacques Pineau de Viennay, and built on the site of a medieval castle, this magnificent building was completed in 1764. Named Grand-Lucé (“great light”) as a tribute to the Age of Enlightenment, the château hosted many of the period’s great thinkers including Voltaire, Rousseau and Diderot (even Mozart had a sleepover), and is one of only a few buildings to have survived the French Revolution wholly intact. Since then it has served as a military hospital (during WWI), a store for priceless works of art from the Louvre (during WWII), a government tourism office and, most recently, the private property (and project) of American interior designer Timothy Corrigan.

 In 2017, the keys were passed from one Usonian to another as dynamic Marcy Holtus, along with husband Tom, took the helm. Since their arrival, Grand-Lucé has undergone extensive superficial renovations masterminded by Paul Allen Design, including sympathetic wooden panelling and bespoke De Gournay wallpaper.

 The Salon Chinois, on the ground floor, boasts an 18th-century mural by Jean-Baptiste Pillement (the only other surviving Pillement mural is in the Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette’s private garden palace at Versailles), presiding over several centuries of antiquities, a few Corrigan flourishes, and a pinch of Christian Lacroix, Hermès and Jean Paul Gautier—a glorious concoction. This distilled grandeur might sound intimidating but the atmosphere couldn’t be less stuffy, thanks in no small part to the incredible warmth of the hospitality team, suitably clad in camel cashmere, Vuitton pochettes and white Stan Smiths. Très chic. (Read more.)


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