A Tale of Two Centuries






I stay with my sister when I visit Paris, but after viewing photos of Maison Favart Hotel, I’m tempted to spend a night there on my next trip.  At the very least I’ll stroll over to the rue de Marivaux and take a closer look at the dazzling décor. After an 18-month renovation, the 190-year-old building has taken as its theme Charles-Simon Favart, impresario of the prerevolutionary Comic Opera of Paris, and his significant other, Justine Duronceray, the actress who stole his heart. Photos and other mementos of the couple and their theatrical history abound throughout the hotel.

In the mix of eighteenth century French interior design with contemporary accents, the style mimics my own. The applied moldings, chair rails, decorative wood appliqués, toile de jouy paper—all redolent of eighteenth century design—work hand in glove with the contemporary colors, flooring and occasionally more modern furniture choices. The piece de resistance must be the “Relaxation Pool” in the lower level, with its reflecting mirrors and cascading water.  I’d like to think Mr. Favart and Mademoiselle Duronceray would have approved of the grand theatricality of this spectacular renovation—a triumphant blending of the classic and the modern.

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