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MEETING

Tristan Auer A winner at the recent European Hotel Design Awards, Tristan Auer talks of the success of his own studio, and details a new venture with Wilson Associates to create an ‘atelier haute couture of design’. Words: Guy Dittrich | Photography: Courtesy of Tristan Auer and Wilson Associates

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rooms in the spa, and a cigar lounge. “The Crillon entrance layout will be made more open,” describes Auer of the project. “Sequence is important. Step-by-step. You have the staircase, entrance, the valet parking…” Surely the valet parking is not to do with design, I interrupt. “Yes it is. Where do they stand? How do they dress? Is there a shelter or not? How are they grouped together? It provides the first and the last impression.” Auer continues on this theme, explaining how he likes a guest’s experience to both start and end well. “In my job the idea of service is very important,” he explains, relating stories of helping clients select interior details way after his job is done. Something that is possible when you are a small agency rather than a global corporation. However it is this personalised, bespoke approach that Auer is set to bring to Wilson Associates, having recently linked up with the practice in a new venture. “Our goal is to create a custom experience for our clients from the moment they walk into our atelier,” explains Auer. “From the way we receive clients to the deliverables we present, the end result will be unlike anything they’ve ever seen.” The relationship will see Auer split his time 50:50 between his own agency and the Wilson atelier and will offer a full range of design services in hospitality, retail and residential. It is a big step, he admits, but one that will surely bring success. “My relationship with Wilson Associates is a win-win for all parties. I prefer that someone else take care of the business so I can do what I am good at,” he smiles.

e first meet the morning after the launch party of Les Bains, the Paris hotel created out of the rubble that was Les Bains Douche nightclub. Tristan Auer is on time and impeccably dressed. His cropped hair showing no effects of the helmet he has just taken off after scooting over to the hotel on a fine spring morning. He is considered, stopping at times to search for the right word, as he describes the work he has done on the guestrooms at this 39-room boutique hotel. Born in Metz, Auer lived in Aix-en-Provence before studying in Paris. A qualified interior designer, he spent his early days with Christian Liaigre before working with with Philippe Starck for four years. He references both with refreshing insight. It was whilst interviewing with Andrée Putman that she gave him the ‘gift’ of setting up on his own. And so he did, establishing his studio in 2002. Since then the projects have come rolling in. There are several residential projects for major players in the music world (the only one who can be named is Bryan Adams); Cartier and Chanel are amongst his retail clients; and Auer has produced furniture and lighting with Holly Hunt and Christophe Delcourt. His hospitality work includes The Cotton House in Mustique, La Sivolière in Courchevel, and in Paris, Hotel Jules, Hotel du Louvre and Les Bains, winner of the grand prize at the 2015 European Hotel Design Awards. He is currently working on Hôtel de Crillon, one of Paris’ most celebrated palace hotels that is in the midst of a total refurbishment. Here, his remit includes the public areas, treatment

“Our goal is to create a custom experience for our clients from the moment they walk into our atelier.”

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Sleeper January/Febuary 2016 - Issue 64  

Sleeper Magazine Hotel Design Development Architecture. The Sleeper brand – comprising a beautifully presented magazine, and our website www...

Sleeper January/Febuary 2016 - Issue 64  

Sleeper Magazine Hotel Design Development Architecture. The Sleeper brand – comprising a beautifully presented magazine, and our website www...