Veuve Clicquot’s Hotel du Marc


This past fall, the 19th century mansion of the House of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, known as the Hotel du Marc, reopened after four years of renovations. The neoclassic structure, which serves as private guest quarters for those lucky enough to be invited by the Champagne house, has been entirely restored. Architect Bruno Moinard and a team of historical experts reworked the façade, which was severely damaged during WWI, down to the interiors. This week, Destination Design goes to Reims, France (via the web, unfortunately) for a glimpse of its grandeur.

The entrance hall’s mirrored wall was inspired by Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please clothing line. Bruno Moinard designed that and the wrought iron banister. We love that there is a mix of modern and traditional elements throughout.

The black paneled dining room has an ornate gilt and crystal chandelier.

”Once upon A Dream” bed designed by Mathieu Lehanneur

Commissions, such as Pablo Reinoso’s reworking of his famous Spaghetti bench,”Cadre de Vie.”

Gallery of portrait paintings

Living room with portrait of Edouard Werlé, a nineteenth century head of Veuve Clicquot. Beyond is the atelier, with red neon chandeliers by Jugnet + Clairet.

The Chevigné bedroom

The Ponsardin bedroom is designed in a Japanese Zen style.

The yellow sofa and floor of the bathroom off the Werlé bedroom

Glass awning entrance marquee in the courtyard

Are you packed yet?
What: Veuve Clicquot’s Hotel du Marc
Where: Reims, France, about 90 miles northeast of Paris.
How much: Free, but you have to be invited by the illustrious Champagne house.
Design draw: This 19th century neoclassical manse has just been fully and luxuriously rehabilitated, and includes one-of-a-kind furniture, historic oil paintings, and expansive grounds. Plus, plenty of the finest bubbly around.

Photos courtesy of Veuve Clicquot.

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Marni Elyse Katz is a Contributing Editor at Design Milk. She lives in Boston where she contributes regularly to local publications and writes her own interior design blog, StyleCarrot.