Case study: a contemporary bathroom redesign in the heart of Paris

Interior designer Gesa Hansen has given the bathrooms of a 15th arrondissement hotel in Paris a fresh new look with the help of  Villeroy & Boch

Villeroy & Boch products in bathroom at Hotel Ami in Paris

Surrounded by tree-lined streets filled with little boutiques and shops, gourmet bistros and food stores, the Hotel Ami has been welcoming guests in this quintessentially Parisian setting since 1925. Following a complete renovation and redesign, the hotel is ready to reveal its new look, done with the characteristic, attention to detail of interior designer Gesa Hansen. Having already developed several colour concepts for Villeroy & Boch, Hanson has succeeded in conveying the district’s authentic charm in the interior design. The result is a welcoming haven of peace and relaxation for travellers in the midst of fast-paced city life.

facade of Hotel Ami in Paris

Image credit: Romain Ricard

Hansen has styled the interior of the Hotel Ami with her distinctive minimalist Scandinavian signature where warm, expressive colours meet light wood, straight lines fuse with flowing curves, and natural materials along with carefully selected accessories and functional features create a feeling of comfort and homeliness. The 41 guestrooms with bathrooms have all been individually decorated and designed using Villeroy & Boch ceramicware from the Collaro series.

“Their very balanced, welcoming proportions make them ideal for any space and they fit perfectly with the overall concept of the bedrooms and bathrooms,” explained Hansen. “The edges and walls are neither too thick nor too thin. They have a very human design which makes them one of my favourite products in the bathroom.”

minimalist white and natural bathroom design at Hotel Ami with Villeroy & Boch ceramics

Image credit: Romain Ricard

As is typical for Paris, the bathrooms are not very large, but the design has made full use of the available space with clever solutions to ensure maximum comfort for guests. To create a sense of continuity between the design concept in the adjoining, partially open-plan integrated guestroom and the bathrooms without overcrowding these small spaces, Hansen has used colour to create highlight effects rather than on entire surfaces. In some of the bathrooms single coloured tiles create playful effects on the walls, while in others larger areas of light-dark contrasts make the space appear larger. The result is a light look that gives the bathrooms a pleasant atmosphere.

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Main image credit: Villeroy & Boch / Romain Ricard