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Southern Comfort

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel


While we’d certainly turn our nose up at anyone who travels to a distant spot just to stay put on their hotel premises, we may need to make an exception for those staying at Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez. Continuing in a tradition started in the 1980′s, when Philippe Starck was given free reign over the redesign of The Royalton hotel in New York City, Hotel Sezz’s interior design and furnishings were placed in the hands of the French furniture designer Christophe Pillet—and why not?

For all their refined sophistication, Pillet’s furniture has always looked and felt comfort-conscious, with gentle curves and unusual organic forms that give off the air of having been born of careful ergonomic investigation. And there’s plenty of both sophistication and comfort on full display at this Hotel Sezz (Pillet has also outfitted the hotel’s Paris property), as one may expect from a hotel in wealthy, sun-drenched southern France.

But Pillet characteristically keeps things low-key, allowing Saint Tropez’s famously dazzling light to shine into (and on) a mostly muted color scheme and restrained furniture arrangements of soft leather, dark wood and burnished metals—a very Modernist brand of southern hospitality. Now, who’d ever want to leave all that?

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Photos: Hotel SezzContemporist

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