L’Aiglon, an Art deco hotel
in Paris

Art Deco or, to give the artistic movement its full name, Art Décoratif, was born in the 1910s, shortly before the First World War. The 1920s were the heyday of Art Deco and it gradually fell out of favour in the 1930s. It was the first architectural and decoration movement to spread throughout the world.
The Hotel Aiglon is an Art Deco establishment, strongly inspired by this artistic movement whose influence can be seen in the building’s facade.

Our Art Deco hotel in Paris

Come and discover our Art Deco hotel and its warm ambiance and 4-star service here in the heart of Paris. Ideally located in the centre of the capital, our hotel’s building has that distinctive Art Deco flair that will take you back to the 1930s. What’s more, small Art Deco touches are present inside, in the rooms, suites and bathrooms of the hotel.

The Art Deco character of our hotel

Art Deco was interpreted in different ways in different countries by different creators. In each country, artists imbued the Art Deco style with a touch of local spirit.
In the United States, the French sculptor Alfred Janniot crafted a gilded bas-relief for the Rockefeller Center. The architecture of the Empire State Building was also inspired by Art Deco. In the UK there is the distinctly Art Deco Dorchester Hotel.
In Asia, the Art Deco influence can be seen in the State Bank of Vietnam, Hanoi, as well as the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum.
In France, Le Grand Rex, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and the Art Deco Hotel Aiglon are imbued with the instantly recognisable characteristics of the movement.

No right angles

These Art Deco characteristics include the downplaying of right angles. These tend to be rounded off or trimmed in a pan coupé (cutaway), thereby preventing two walls from forming a right angle. Our Art Deco hotel has a pan coupé; check it out!

The renovation of our Art Deco hotel by Mathilde Jonquière

During the renovation of our Art Deco hotel in 2008, our interior designer called upon the services of a mosaicist specialising in arts and crafts. As we wished to perpetuate the creativity of the Montparnasse district in the very fabric of our hotel, Mathilde Jonquière was our number one choice of artist. The fresco at the entrance to the hotel, as well as the 42 unique mosaics for all our bathrooms, were specially designed by this hugely talented creative.

Mathilde Jonquière also designed the mosaics for another hotel belonging to the Esprit de France group, the Hôtel La Tamise, as well as the large frescoes of the Grande Épicerie de Paris on both the Left Bank and Right Bank.

The facade of our Art Deco hotel

When you arrive at the Hotel Aiglon, you’ll find a huge mosaic made up of circles in shades of blue and brown. Facing the street, this mosaic symbolises the sharing of art and can be seen by everyone.

Discovering Art Deco with the hotel Aiglon

Art Deco, so dear to our Parisian hotel, was a relatively brief and intense movement which continues to inspire us today.

The Birth of Art Deco in Brussels

It was the work of Victor Horta for the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels (19th century) which introduced Belgium to Art Deco. It was characterised by simple lines inspired by cubism and symmetry.

This art was present in ironwork, furniture and stained glass. Then it manifested itself through architecture. The watchwords of Art Deco were order, colour and geometry.

The hotel Aiglon reveals the history of Art Deco in Paris

The Roaring Twenties

Wishing to turn the page and forget the horrors of war, the French concentrated on their pleasure. Abundance and exuberance were at the forefront. Paris revamped its image as a cultural city as it plunged with wild abandon into the hedonistic excesses of the Roaring Twenties, gaining what was called “a furious appetite for life”.

The local people socialised in Montmartre and Montparnasse, the period’s most famous and most frequented Parisian districts. The festive atmosphere and the inspiration that Paris provided seduced many French and foreign artists and writers. Among them were Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Man Ray, Antoine Bourdelle, Guillaume Apollinaire, and numerous others.

La Closerie des Lilas, La Coupole, La Rotonde, Le Dôme and Le Select became the essential places in Montparnasse.

Many vestiges of this period remain today, especially in the area surrounding our Art Deco Paris hotel