Los Angeles design firm Studio Shamshiri and Ace Hotel’s in-house creative team have designed this hotel in New Orleans as if it were the home of a worldly woman who has filled it with decorative souvenirs. Called Maison de la Luz, this interior design project is a 67-bedroom boutique hotel and is located in the city’s Warehouse District, south of the famous French Quarter.
This interior design project occupies a six-story stone building that was completed in 1907 as the former City Hall Annex and has been used for various civic facilities since. This new hotel design is across the road from Ace Hotel’s existing New Orleans outpost, which opened in 2016. Ace Hotel’s in-house creative team Atelier Ace imagined Maison de la Luz as the luxury guesthouse of the existing Ace Hotel property.
Studio Shamshiri, which brother and sister Pam and Ramin Shamshiri founded in 2016, was enlisted to help design the overhaul. It came up with the concept that Maison de la Luz was the home of a well-traveled woman who has just returned to the city.
The playful interiors of this interior design project draw on the history of the building as well as reference a mix of places, including French, Spanish and African origins. These are intended as a nod to the multi-cultural history of New Orleans, which is often described as a melting pot of cultures. Guests enter Maison de la Luz into a grand lobby, featuring two sets of decorative stairs that lead up the building. A custom-made chandelier hangs down the center of the space with circular lights etched on the inside for a delicate glow.
A set of double doors lead into the reception area and an adjoining Egyptian-style guest lounge. The room is furnished with bold yellow sofas and chairs with tassels trims that are cut short to reveal their legs.
Maison de la Luz marks the second boutique that the studio has created outside of the original Ace Hotel brand, following on from Sister City hotel and interior design project in Manhattan.
Photo: Stephen Kent Johnson and Rush Jagoe
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