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【Hotel Olympia】  Interview

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2022/07/26

― Q&A

 

Q1:How did this project “Hotel Olympia” come about?

 

A:The idea for “Hotel Olympia” came about during the early days of the pandemic. I was stuck in one place (like everyone else), dreaming about traveling and all the wonderful places I have been in the past. I looked around my house where I had all sorts of souvenirs from these travels, more specifically hotels, it all made me feel nostalgic and it made me want to design my own version. Being at home so much I felt more like making things I could look at rather than things I could wear and piece by piece it started to become an imaginary hotel, a dream space.

 

 

 

Q2: For the first time this time, there are works with 19th century English wallpaper and Victorian interior as motifs, and works by your father Pierre Le-Tan. Could you please tell us your thoughts on this artwork.

 

A:Since embroidery has always been a huge part of my work, it felt natural for the imaginary hotel to have embroidered art on the walls.

I looked at Victorian illustrations of interiors for inspiration as well as William Morris and other antique English wallpaper. The beautifully detailed and ultra feminine esthetic of that era is something I have always been attracted to. I suppose it is a connection to my British roots.

I also wanted to add a “naughty” touch to these perfect interior scenes which is why you will find a few sexy pin-ups popping up here and there.

 

As for my father’s illustrations. We worked together for 10 years on prints, invitations, set designs and basically the whole graphic identity of my former brand. He passed away 2 years ago and it felt very strange to start this new project without him. So this is my way of making him a small part of it. I chose some of his early work he did for the New Yorker in the late 1970s. Also interiors, one of his favourite subjects.

 

 

 

Q3: Olympia, please tell us some of your favorite hotels!

 

A:Favourite hotels… The Tokyo Hotel Okura pre-demolition will always and forever be my favourite. I dedicated a whole collection to it in 2016. I refuse to go back since they redid it as I do not want to spoil my memories of it.

I also love La Colombe d’Or in Saint Paul de Vence where artists used to trade their work for room and board.

And the Hotel Pellicano in Tuscany which is run by my friend Marie-Louise Scio who always does a marvelous job with her hotels.

There are many other amazing ones, The Carlyle in New York, which has my favourite bar, Claridges in London, The Ritz in Paris (also one of my favourite bars) unfortunately, I can’t afford to stay in most of these which is why I mostly know their bars!

 

 

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