The mark of a good designer, or in fact any creative, is a strong, recognisable signature. Azzedine Alaïa has plenty: a monochrome palette, second-skin dresses, accentuated waists, laser-cut accessories. So it seems only right that the Tunisian designer who opened his first Parisian atelier in the 1970s, now turns his hand to interior design. As well as designing and producing four collections per year, and personal orders, Alaïa has overseen the conversion of a 300 sqm loft in a traditional 17th century building located in the Rue de Moussy of Marais district of Paris, into three exclusive suites. Better still, the building is located next to his boutique, atelier, showroom, warehouse and private dwelling – guests who stay will enjoy breakfast from Alaïa's private kitchen.
"Better still, the building is located next to his boutique, atelier, showroom, warehouse and private dwelling – guests who stay will enjoy breakfast from Alaïa's private kitchen"
Alaïa's curated space at Dover Street Market is a perfect example of the designer's appreciation of design, incorporating the furniture design of Marc Newson. The new Alaïa-designed apartments, photographed here by Alexandre & Emilie, combine hotel and home characteristics – somewhere luxurious, but also a place where one can feel relaxed. Each 100 sqm apartment (a one-bedroom and two two-bedrooms) has a private entrance which is black lacquered, with holes that echoes the designer's iconic belts. The apartments promote a white palette and modernist aesthetic, with flashes of colour coming from the fitted kitchen (different in each of the three apartments). The furniture and lighting come courtesy of Alaïa's favourite designers – Jean Prouve, Marc Newson, Arne Jacobsen, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Paulin and Andre Sornay – alongside state of the art technology including a Bang & Olufsen entertainment centre.
Prices start at 450 euros per night and increase 50 euros per additional guest. For more information, contact here.
Text by Laura Bradley