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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
Christian Lacroix ege carpets

Seiko robot R&D center: 360 degrees carpets

It all comes down to the respect for human nature

The interior concept of Sozhou Bozhong Seiko Robot R&D Center is based on the principle that an excellent interior design is built around respect for human nature.

So, to create a comfortable work space the design team from Gold Mantis Construction Decoration Co., Ltd. made in-depth interviews with employees from all levels of the Suzhou Bozhong Seiko Robot R&D Center organisation in the early design stage. This was to fully understand the needs and wishes to be met when creating an environment calling for wellbeing and ultimately improved work efficiency.

To create a human-centered interior design Tong Chao and Xu Rong decided on integrating the earth, air and water elements from the external landscape to the indoor environment.

360 degrees carpet design

When designing the R&D conference room, a 360 degrees custom carpet was developed to encourage employees to generate more and better ideas in their brainstorming process. By installing carpet on the floor, wall and ceiling, the design featuring an astronaut in space signals that everything is possible as long as you believe.

Besides contributing with improved sound absorption, the overall carpet installation also spoils the employees’ sense of feeling by being so tangible on several surfaces.


For the R&D conference room we specified carpets for the floor, wall and ceiling to avoid interfering the idea-generating environment with hard materials.

Tong Chao, Gold Mantis Construction Decoration Co. Ltd.

Besides contributing with improved sound absorption, the overall carpet installation also spoils the employees’ sense of feeling by being so tangible on several surfaces.

The carpet designs materialise the company vision

Suzhou Bozhong Seiko Robot R&D Center develops commercial, industrial and military robots. Already serving humans in the desert, the ocean and the forest, the R&D conference room carpet pushes limits further by asking the question: Why not make robots serve us in outer space? Actually, the carpet design is an interpretation of the company owner’s vision as expressed in the question above and thus this overall intention trickles down the organisation by means of expressive carpet designs, among others.

When asked about the inspiration for the specific designs, Tong Chao and Xu Rong enhance God’s perspective and Google Maps. During the design process accompanied by ege designer Rita Cao, the design team saw the possibility of expressing various design themes through the carpets. So, they decided to set as many different themes as possible according to the spatial characteristics.

Carpets as area definers

Tong Chao and Xu Rong use rugs to define smaller areas in open spaces. Thus, specific patterns visually communicate ‘instant communication areas’ and ‘independent thinking zones’.


Besides this, carpets are used to complement the remaining interior by repeating colours to underline specific atmospheres. For example, in the desert area colours of carpets, furniture fabrics and ceilings comprise warm yellows. Contrary to this, the ocean area is a cool-toned environment with a combination of white glaciers and shades of blue.

Want to know more about custom design?

A detailed presentation or just a quick sketch, a photograph, a certain type of texture or particular pattern: any idea you may have – we will merge into the perfect carpet for your project. All you need to do is give us design proposals describing your ideas and wishes and our creative design team will draw up a design draft. Based on your input, we develop a series of design proposals with precise emphasis on what you wish to highlight.