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Julie Gauthron

French interior designer and artist, Julie Gauthron plays with contrasts to create harmonious interiors with a singular identity. Inspired by the challenge of giving each of her projects character and coherence. In 2012, Christophe Sauvage, head of Elegancia Hotels, gave Julie "carte blanche" to design the Hotel Crayon.

Julie reinvented the Crayon with the youthful feel of an artists' retreat. Residents being free to express their creativity with a stroke of a pen on the doors or walls of their room.

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After the Crayon's success, in 2014 Julie continued the Elegancia collaboration with the Crayon's brother hotel, the Crayon Rouge. Shortly followed by the Idol Hotel and more recently the Hotel Exquis.

Julie graduated from the prestigious Olivier de Serres art school in Paris in 1995. Her experience as a set designer, graphic and product designer gave her the professional and creative know-how to found her own agency, Exquise Exquisse, in 2006. Today, Julie works across product design, brand identity and interior design for stores & hotels.

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Le M.U.R

Being inspired by “Exquisite Corpse”, Julie Gauthron called on to the association le M.U.R to choose 8 artists to realize a unique piece of collective and original art in each room.

The concept of the hotel being the surrealism, the decorator wished to find artists which are sensitive at random and she knew well the association le M.U.R which promotes street art for years.

It is so that she collaborated with 8 artists working in particular the technique of the collage and realizing artworks from existing things. Julie Gauthron gave them as instructions colors, wallpapers of rooms and shape of the desired artwork, then, they let speak their imagination.

The artists having realized the artworks are Monsieur Lui (on the 1st floor), Thom Thom (on the 2nd floor), Jean Faucheur and Surfil (on the 3rd floor), Fred le Chevalier and Séverine Metraz (on the 4th floor), Macay (on the 5th floor) and Chanoir (in the Elevator shaft).

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