Le General Hotel, Paris
Hotel Le Général, Paris is unashamedly cool. Close to the Place de la République in the heart of the 11th arrondisement, the hotel is located in one of the French capital’s trendiest districts. Surrounded by bars, music venues, history, art and fashion, Le Général manages to epitomise the cultural vibrancy of its neighbourhood. The interiors are contemporary and luxurious, but the combination of moody, dark walls and colourful Ulster carpets invites you to stay a while, creating a cosy – but always cool environment.
Working closely with Jean Philippe Nuel, Ulster designed bespoke woven axminster carpets which reflect the cultural melting pot of the area and the social connections enjoyed both inside and outside the hotel. The carpet in the public areas creates relaxed social spaces, which would not look out of place in an upmarket loft apartment – emphasising the home away from home relaxation. The design itself employs a bright, joyful colour palette which acts as a background to the haphazard joining and parting of strong ‘zigzag’ lines, representing life and the branches of human connection, both long and fleeting. In the guest rooms, the theme is continued however, a more restful monochrome colour palette is used.