The idea is to offer a journey for discovering the writer through a thousand blinks of an eye, in order to seduce both enthusiasts and neophytes.
The unity of style of the Hôtels Littéraires is due to architect Aude Bruguière, who started work with the first hotel, Le Swann, dedicated to Marcel Proust. She is assisted by interior designer Aleth Prime and works closely with the President, Jacques Letertre, and literary adviser Hélène Montjean.
For example, to pay tribute to the designers much appreciated by Alexandre Vialatte, we called on local artists, who interpreted the drawings of Chaval, Sempé or Dubuffet in their own way. At Flaubert you will find the parrot Loulou, hero of Un cœur simple, reproduced on wallpaper or enthroned in his cage, in front of the library. At Proust, it will be the reproduction of Jean de Gonet’s bookbinding plates for La Recherche that adorn the Jacques Guérin room or the Japanese paper room chandeliers that evoke the magic lantern of Combray.
Artist Jean Aubertin created the watercolours of the rooms of all Hôtels Littéraires, as well as the logos that represent the chosen writer. He reinterprets his readings with talent to give you a personal and artistic vision of the character, place or friend whose room you live in. In the Hôtel Littéraire Marcel Aymé, you will find his signature on each bedhead, in the form of vignettes evoking Montmartre and Marcel Aymé. He also worked on the pages of La Vouivre in the breakfast room.