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Mr Christian Lacroix designs Jules Cesar Hotel


On my recent tour in the South of France, I made a two day stop at Arles, a genuinely creative city full of young artistic talent. Maja Hoffmann, the Swiss art collector and patron to the arts, selected Arles for the second outpost of her foundation Luma. She is in the process of establishing a vast creative hub in an old train factory. A new tower by Frank Gehry will open in 2021 at the “Parc des Ateliers.”


One of the other people who has put Arles on the design map has been a fashion and interior designer, Mr. Christian Lacroix. Born in Arles, he went on to study classical literature and art history in Montpellier. Later on, he migrated towards custom design and created his own fashion house in 1987. Since the 2000s, he has been taking on very diverse design projects such as the French high-speed trains, hotels, and museums.


As a consequence, it’s only logical he designed the refurb of one of the most iconic hotels in his hometown of Arles. He found inspiration in ancient Roman street paving and mosaics for the public areas and corridors. In the rooms, he opted for details from old Persian rugs and very graphical French engravings.

Mr. Christian Lacroix and ege carpets enjoyed the collaboration on this hotel and several museums and created a strong professional relationship. The project of a permanent ege collection was started and successfully launched in 2017. This commercial carpet collection draws from the same inspiration and features graphic designs based on stone floors, mosaics, antique engravings, and elaborate textile patterns. You can learn more about the collection here.



Jules Cesar Hotel

ARLES, France

Christian Lacroix ege carpets
christian lacroix ege carpets, Mr Christian Lacroix designs Jules Cesar Hotel
Christian Lacroix ege carpets
Christian Lacroix ege carpets
It is no secret that Paris has been the capital of fashion since the seventeenth century. The city has been the playground for prestigious designers and couture brands like Chanel, Dior, and Saint Laurent. Today the Parisian style is not only an aesthetic choice but a philosophy. It embraces elegance, timelessness, and slow responsible fashion. The focus is on the cut and the quality of the materials. No fluff or excessiveness with a less is more approach. And what better way to understand Parisian fashion than to visit a museum dedicated to it.

For more than 70 years, the house has been crafting magical couture pieces in their atelier at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris. Christian Dior has made this location a legendary address since the first collection in 1947. Behind its new flagship, the House of Dior inaugurates a permanent exhibition in an extraordinary gallery, independently of its boutique. Mr. Dior wanted to be an architect; the building and the museum pay him a beautiful tribute today.

The staging is astonishing. A circular staircase at the entrance showcases 452 dresses and 1,422 accessories, all 3D printed. Bags, shoes, perfumes, and small objects: so many testimonies of the Dior style materialized to elaborate this Diorama.