Nathalie Richard and Pierre Yovanovitch were united in their determination to offer Paris a truly contemporary hotel, firmly in the present yet in keeping with the spirit of the place and focused on the comfort and wellbeing of its guests; such was the inspiration for the Hotel Marignan-Paris. Pierre Yovanovitch much prefers working with firms on a human scale, possessed of extraordinary knowhow and capable of translating his ideas and, more broadly, his overall interior architecture. The meeting and melding of the finest authentic materials are an integral part of Pierre Yovanovitch’s style, be it stone, marble, glass, metal or wood. James was the obvious choice for the Hotel Marignan project. A French firm with a long-established reputation, skilled in the working of the rarest of woods and equipped to deal with any challenge, James was perfectly placed at every stage in the project, from inception to handover, to put its expertise at the service of the hotel owner and the designer. The wooden elements were produced to rigorous design standards and the high quality of finishing forms an integral part of Pierre Yovanovitch’s “haute couture” signature on the Marignan. The “telescope” joinery of the bedroom entrances is a complex layout reminiscent of the poetry of origami. The finishing on the walk-in wardrobes is worthy of the finest Paris apartments. All the service and technical aspects of the rooms and the hotel as a whole have been made as invisible as possible. The result is an overwhelming sense of harmony, luxury, modernity and elegance. Bespoke features take pride of place: the perfectly integrated fittings for each bedroom are individually designed and installed. Nathalie Richard and Pierre Yovanovitch were keen to create the atmosphere of a private home. The spaces are simple yet sophisticated, in keeping with the character of the setting and its guests, who quickly feel at home in this 5-star establishment. The commitment brought to the project by James, and the quality of its work, are key components in the success of this ambitious project.