Iconic project

Boiseries befitting the Hôtel de Crillon

For Karl Lagerfeld at the Hôtel de Crillon

The eagerly anticipated renovation of the Hôtel de Crillon – completed in 2017 – forged the talented Lebanese-Parisian architect Aline Asmar d’Amman’s reputation in France. In this remarkable project, Féau Boiseries provided the paneling for the Grand Apartments. By drawing on its enormous collection, the firm offered a precious source of inspiration for the project’s artistic development.

Hôtel de Crillon exterior façade, wide angle
Hôtel de Crillon exterior façade, entrance

Retracing history through the wall paneling collection

Aline Asmar d’Amman, who was the project’s overall artistic director and was responsible for the redecoration of the luxury hotel’s historic suites and salons, invited the great designer Karl Lagerfeld to collaborate on the refurbishment of the Presidential Suite. Lagerfeld – an extremely knowledgeable aesthete – wanted to reveal the memory of this place so steeped in history, linked as it is to Louis XV’s reign: the Parisian palace overlooks the Place de la Concorde, designed at the King’s behest by the architect Jacques-Ange Gabriel.

Hôtel de Crillon dining room, Karl Lagerfeld, wall paneling, cornices
Wall paneling, Hôtel de Crillon, Paris, Grand Apartments, Karl Lagerfeld Suite 1
Wall paneling, Hôtel de Crillon, Paris, Grand Apartments, Karl Lagerfeld Suite 2
Wall paneling, Hôtel de Crillon, Paris, Grand Apartments, Karl Lagerfeld Suite 3
Wall paneling and door, Karl Lagerfeld Suite, Hôtel de Crillon, Paris, Place Concorde
White-painted oak double door inspired by Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, Radiant Apollo, Hôtel de Crillon
Double door, paneling, carved rocaille, 18th-century Régence style, Karl Lagerfeld Suite, Hôtel de Crillon

Subtly revisited decors

The style of decor typical of the mid-18th century taste for rocaille, which Lagerfeld so loved, was subtly adapted on his request. On the basis of an original boiserie scheme in the workshop, the Féau firm produced a pared-back model , by simplifying some of the bouquets of flowers in the carved ornamentation of the original pieces.

Inspiring antique panels

Solid wood panels, Madame de Pompadour's château, Crécy-Couvé, Féau collection


Boiseries from Crécy-Couvé

From among the boiserie schemes that Guillaume Féau and Aline Asmar d’Amman preselected and proposed to him, Karl Lagerfeld opted for these solid wood panels from Madame de Pompadour’s château at Crécy-Couvé, where the King and his favorite conducted their love affair.

Detail, 18th-century carved oak door, Radiant Apollo, attributed to Claude-Nicolas Ledoux


Radiant Apollo

This exceptional carved oak double door is attributed to the architect Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, or perhaps to his contemporary Victor Louis. It was originally designed in the late 18th century, probably as part of the scheme for the Grand Théâtre (royal opera house) in Bordeaux. It is one of the most important pieces in the Féau collection.

Architect / designer
Aline Asmar d’Amman https://www.instagram.com/alineasmardamman/
Régence, Rococo, Neoclassical
Hôtel de Crillon, Paris, France
Pieces from the collection
Panels from Madame de Pompadour’s château at Crécy-Couvé. Radiant Apollo by Claude-Nicolas Ledoux
Type of project
Rooms decorated
design, joinery/paneling, sculpture/ornamentation, plaster/resin, finishes, logictics, installation
Elements of the decor
Boiseries, fireplaces, ceilings and cornices, doors, bookcases
A custom-designed craftsmanship

From the initial sketch to the decor’s installation, Féau’s teams work closely alongside interior designers, attentive to their vision.

Féau Boiseries works alongside each interior designer or decorator on their specific project
Showroom Féau boiseries, private museum, Paris, 9 rue Laugier
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