Agnès Sandahl Helps Redesign Azur Terrace
Suite at Le Bristol Paris
In continuation of Le Bristol Paris’ redesign of
its Signature Suites, the luxury hotel has completed its
latest project: the Azur
Boasting an expansive terrace that overlooks the
hotel’s courtyard garden, the Azur Suite has been
redecorated with creative direction by the Vallauris-based artist, Agnès Sandahl.
With its 115 sqm tree-lined terrace, the Azur
Suite showcases the creative skills of French artist Agnès Sandahl against a backdrop of
elegant interior decoration by the hotel’s owners, Narcisa and
Elvira Oetker, to create one of the most exceptional suites in
Invited by the Oetker sisters-in-law to fully
immerse herself in the environment before returning home to begin
her creative work, Agnès Sandahl spent three full days and nights
in the Azur Terrace Suite. The artist was able absorb the location’s unique vibrations to
create her commissioned works that can be viewed from every room.
Inside the suite, three Agnès Sandahl paintings
join a beautifully imposing, glistening fresco crafted by the
artist using Chinese ink and gold leaf.
“For the Azur Terrace Suite fresco, I wanted to
create a dreamlike environment, filled with the joy of love and
music. I chose to add gold leaf so that every moment of the day
glows differently in the work. It can be glimpsed from practically
every part of the suite,” said Agnès Sandahl.
Stepping outside the suite’s exterior doors takes
one to the terrace, hidden from view but acts as
an elevated extension of Le Jardin Français below. Many of the
plants and flowers that adorn Le Bristol’s courtyard garden are
featured, including Lily of the Nile, roses, jasmine and wisteria.
For that privileged environment, Agnès Sandahl created a
custom ceramic fountain and a ceramic tabletop designed to
comfortably accommodate six people. The art of ceramic is part of
the intangible heritage of the southern French village of Vallauris, where the artist keeps her studio and eponymous
“We designed the terrace as a private garden and
Agnès Sandahl added the twist to the space by putting art and
nature in perfect harmony,” said Narcisa Oetker.
Located on the hotel’s 5th floor, the Azur Terrace
Suite boasts 100 square metres of indoor space, bathed in natural light. For the interior decoration, Narcisa and
Elvira Oetker employed a colour palette of soft blues, gentle
greys and beige, freeing the abundance of light to reflect off the
Sandahl artworks, the solid oak Herringbone parquet floor, the
wall coverings by Phillip Jeffries and the precious interior
fabrics and accessories by Loro Piana, Pierre Frey and Schumacher.
New lighting fixtures by Vaughan offer a contemporary feel whilst
the replacement of curtains by Japanese shades on the French doors
leading to the terrace adds a hint of refined eclecticism.
“Our mantra is to keep the classic DNA of Le
Bristol. Our mother-in-law Maja Oetker taught us the timeless
style and we are adding a bit of contemporary touch,” explained