The Drawing House opens its doors on the Left Bank
At the start of summer, Carine Tissot, general manager of the Drawing Society, is packing her bags in the Gaîté-Montparnasse district to open the brand new Drawing House. Located at 21, rue Vercingétorix (Paris 14th), a stone's throw from the train station and the Montparnasse tower, this hotel is already participating in the renewal of the Parisian district with its unique identity and its promises of escape.
Like its elder, the Drawing Hotel (Paris 1st), the Drawing House feeds on the codes of the family boutique hotel in which the human and the contact take precedence. Not wishing to make the hotel business without art, Carine Tissot renewed her concept and invited 7 contemporary artists designers to freely invest the place. It is also to the duo of interior designers Nido that she entrusted the mission of fitting out and decorating the rooms of the building designed by the architect Éric Haour. Together, they have updated and deployed the visual and graphic elements known at the Drawing Hotel that make this new Collection a continuity on a larger scale.
At the Drawing House, a real place of character, art can be found on all floors. Floors 1 to 3 have been entrusted to the artist Mathieu Dufois; Karine Rougier has taken over floors 4 to 6 and the duo Alexandre & Florentine Lamarche-Ovize are taking to the skies on floors 7, 8 and 9. Each artist was given carte blanche to produce an original work intended to be multiplied on the headboards in the bedrooms as well as an artistic intervention in the corridors. The designs invade the space, from the carpet to the wallpaper, from the rugs to the lights.
In the common areas on the ground floor, like a collector, Carine Tissot wanted to commission unique works from the artists, created specifically for this “house hotel”. This is how the 6-meter high mural work by Alexandre & Florentine Lamarche-Ovize welcomes travelers and the work installed on the ceiling by Daniel Otero Torres overlooks the restaurant room. The Drawing House also hides a speakeasy, a discreet bar accessible by the service corridors whose name Dependence is borrowed from the eponymous luminous work by the artist Jeanne Susplugas installed at the entrance. The artist Marion Charlet has deployed her exotic watercolors in the well-being and swimming pool areas on level -1. The Drawing Hall, a space for temporary exhibitions at the crossroads of four creative studios, completes the artistic offer of the Drawing House.
A vocation: to share the passion for contemporary drawing
The Drawing House is much more than a hotel. It is perhaps even, as art and its manifestations are omnipresent, an exhibition space in which one comes to find sleep. The hotel industry goes beyond its traditional role and supplants it, by presenting itself as a means of artistic sharing through the support given to artists and in particular the particular attention paid to young creation. We observe the result of a range of personal techniques that reflect the variety of contemporary drawing practices. A long-term work, born from the coexistence of architectural and artistic projects as well as their interdependence.
The Drawing Hall, nestled in the heart of the Drawing House, is the new exhibition space of the Drawing Society. Located on level -1, it is the artistic base of the building and hosts daily exhibitions as well as a program of creative events such as workshops, conferences, drawing classes, etc. The Drawing Hall is a crossroads of meetings in which collectors, galleries and artists will be invited to share their visions of contemporary drawing. Artistic institutions, directly linked to Paris by the Gare Montparnasse, will also be invited to present their collections, thus opening the doors of the national territory in a unique setting. Resolutely open to the territory, the Drawing House will also welcome neighborhood associations for moments of creation.
For its inaugural exhibition, the Drawing Hall presents a selection of works from the collection of Christine Phal and Carine Tissot, founding duo of the Drawing Society. Émilie Bouvard, curator at the Giacometti Institute (Paris 14th), took an interest in the artists that mother and daughter have in common in their respective collections. The hanging revolves around color and black and white, and above all reveals their common passion for contemporary drawing at the origin of the whole Drawing adventure. The exhibition is open free of charge to everyone 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to midnight.
A predestined address
The left bank of Paris has always attracted writers, artists and painters. There are also many theaters in the surrounding area and cultural life is still just as intense in this district. Dotted with mythical places, the district teeming with the Roaring Twenties remains an epicenter of creation and the emblematic cafés such as the Dôme, the Rotonde, the Select or even La Coupole will not fail to delight visitors.
With the arrival of Drawing House, located on the site of the former Léopold Bellan hospital, the spirit of Montparnasse has a bright future ahead of it! Moreover, as a wink from history to newcomers, number 3 rue de Vercingétorix once housed the Douanier Rousseau and the district was animated by the artist Joséphine Baker, during her second trip to Paris. before settling there permanently. The artists Alexandre & Florentine Lamarche-Ovize pay homage to him with their work in the entrance of the hotel.
The Drawing House, the landmark of art lovers but not only!
The Drawing House offers every comfort in its 143 rooms and even beyond. Each room has a shower room with separate WC, individually controlled air conditioning, free access to high-speed wifi, international TNT television and a Chromecast, etc. Here, you sleep soundly under a designed headboard and in a cocoon decorated with attention to detail. Concerned about the environment in order to limit its ecological impact, the Drawing House has chosen products from the What Matters brand (organic, vegan and 100% made in France in refillable glass bottles), selected designed from bamboo, chose coffee in Nespresso recyclable capsules and favored Kodama organic teas. In each room, a glass bottle of water is available to customers who can refill it at the filtered water fountains installed on each floor.
The Drawing Family rooms are designed for the ideal family stay and consist of two adjoining classic rooms. The Drawing Deluxe rooms all have private terraces enjoying a splendid view over the roofs of the capital.
The Drawing House wellness area combines rest, relaxation, fitness and artistic immersion. The eleven meter long by four meter wide swimming pool reflects the watercolor work of artist Marion Charlet, which gives the impression of opening the space onto an exotic and flamboyant patio. The fitness room, equipped with Technogym equipment, invites intensive exercise, while the sauna and massage room are more conducive to well-deserved rest.
Four Studios and a fitted kitchen allow companies and professionals, local or visiting, to organize seminars, meetings or workshops prepared to measure by the teams of the Drawing House. With their state-of-the-art electronic equipment and refined decoration, these rooms invite you to work and create. Here too, of course, works have found their place.
An artistic immersion experience from breakfast to the last cocktail
Gourmets will find something to enjoy throughout the day. From breakfast to blunch (open to the outside public), including late afternoon tea, the Drawing House menu is an invitation to indulge.
The bread comes from the nearby bakery La Petite Alsacienne, located 600 meters from the hotel, which bakes its buckwheat bread every morning specifically for hotel guests. Whether it's jams from master jam maker Philippe Bruneton, organic Jamets products, salmon from Maison Nordique, condiments from Maison Marc or the exceptional charcuterie Casalba, nothing has been left to chance. The goal: taste the best and ask for more.
The menu is also a nod to its owner: toast with mashed avocado or good fresh eggs (which she has for breakfast), cheeses from the Ferme d'Alexandre (her usual cheese shop) , the homemade madeleines (named after her daughter), the Spritz (like in Venice where she likes to go to discover its art biennial) or even the famous gougères (which she still often makes herself at the hotel ), are all stories and memories that she wants to share with her guests.
Night owls, meanwhile, will not be left out. They can start the evening in the lounge bar, and then spin off — out of sight — to taste one of the tasty cocktails served in the secret of the Dependence. To push the doors of the speakeasy is to embark on a space expedition in the universe of the artist Lucie Picandet. The work Vrais paradis, created directly on the walls of the bar, shows the horizon of an imaginary galaxy in which each little world that constitutes it is a piece of nature, a paradise devoid of humanity. Each territory is connected by an infinite line that reveals a starry sky in which the gaze is lost. The bar, a capsule from which you look out of the windows and lose track of time sitting on furniture evoking the living room of the 20s. Lucie Picandet's project was selected following a national call for applications for the creation of a work in situ for a minimum period of 1 year. A moving, unique and tasty experience that makes it a must.
Art beyond the walls of the house
To continue the experience of contemporary drawing outside the walls, the dedicated teams of the Drawing House provide advice and good addresses on request. L'art conciergerie offers hotel guests the possibility of organizing artistic and cultural visits before, during and after their stay in Paris to suit all tastes.
A Shop in Shop space offers a selection of products around drawing and travel. Thought for children, with for example the products of the Omy or Minus brand, for travelers who will pin their destinations on the paper planispheres of Palomar, or even for lovers of drawings with the notebooks imagined with L'Oiseau Comète or the stories to illustrate from Supereditions, the Drawing House shop is an incentive to leave with a souvenir drawn at home. Want a work of art? Let yourself be tempted by the acquisition of an original work of art signed and numbered by a Drawing Edition artist.
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