‘I’m convinced everyone wants to live in an inspiring place where everything has been designed and crafted by artisans,’ says gallerist Amélie du Chalard of her latest venture Ambroise Maisons de Collectionneurs, a guesthouse concept inspired by the homes of art collectors.
Two skilfully renovated Parisian apartments allow guests to discover abstract art in a domestic setting. ‘The idea is to use your stay to develop a sensitivity to art using all of the senses.’
While she has respected the character of each property, retaining the classic Hausmannian details of Ambroise, Saint-Germain, and creating a contemporary duplex for the fashionable location of Ambroise, Le Marais, it was the immaculate white walls of her gallery that provided the starting point for both.
‘The idea is to really showcase the artworks and white walls are the best way to facilitate that,’ she says. ‘The walls are dedicated to the artists.’
These include both the emerging and established, from former street artist Clément Mancini and Natalia Jaime-Cortez to famed ceramist Georges Jouve and painter Pierre Alechinsky, whose works have also made their way into the office of Emmanuel Macron. If guests feel inspired by a piece during their stay, it’s all for sale.
The interiors are peppered with vintage finds and design collectibles, such as chairs by Brazilian architect Sergio Rodrigues and ceramic plates picked up on travels in Asia.
The rest of the furnishings are bespoke commissions for Ambroise and indulge Chalard’s love of tactile raw materials, notably the striking walnut dining table from artist Yasmin Bawa and curved headboards by Batiik Studio.
The gallerist is working on a third apartment in Montmartre, set to open in September, while Ambroise, la Provence, is due later this summer. An Italian property is also on the cards. ‘The concept of living like an art collector will be the same in each, but the spirit and character will evolve. Each house will have its own special soul.’
Le Marais sleeps four, from approx £430 per night; Saint-Germain sleeps six, from approx £610 per night. ambroise-collection.com