RENOIR / MONTREAL
"When I paint flowers, my mind has a rest. I do not make the same mental effort with them as when I am face to face with a model. When I paint flowers, I put down different shades of color and try out some bold tonal values, without worrying about spoiling a canvas." - Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
Image: Restaurant Renoir at Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile, April 24, 2014.

RENOIR / MONTREAL

"When I paint flowers, my mind has a rest. I do not make the same mental effort with them as when I am face to face with a model. When I paint flowers, I put down different shades of color and try out some bold tonal values, without worrying about spoiling a canvas." - Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Image: Restaurant Renoir at Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile, April 24, 2014.

RENOIR / MONTREAL

"When I paint flowers, my mind has a rest. I do not make the same mental effort with them as when I am face to face with a model. When I paint flowers, I put down different shades of color and try out some bold tonal values, without worrying about spoiling a canvas." - Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Image: Restaurant Renoir at Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile, April 24, 2014.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

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Happy birthday to the brilliantly talented French fashion designer, Jean Paul Gaultier!

The world has been honored with the privilege of viewing the couturier’s masterpieces via the traveling exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From Sidewalk to Catwalk. The exhibit has already touched down at major Sofitel cities London, San Francisco, New York City, and is scheduled to premiere at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, this October. 

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From Sidewalk to Catwalk was organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier in Paris.

(Image: Sofitel guest Ms Peters, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From Sidewalk to Catwalk, Brooklyn Museum, 2013)

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
TATE / LONDON
An ex-power station and now the lobby to the Tate Modern gallery, the Turbine Hall has hosted some of the world’s most memorable modern art works and varied art installations - including porcelain sunflower seeds created by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, a giant artificial yellow sun that was the work of the Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, and the German artist Carsten Höller’s spiral slides.
Turbine Hall and indeed the Tate are not to be missed on your next visit to London - but before you leave Sofitel London St James, examine further the best Turbine Hall installations of all time. Magnifique! 

TATE / LONDON

An ex-power station and now the lobby to the Tate Modern gallery, the Turbine Hall has hosted some of the world’s most memorable modern art works and varied art installations - including porcelain sunflower seeds created by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, a giant artificial yellow sun that was the work of the Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, and the German artist Carsten Höller’s spiral slides.

Turbine Hall and indeed the Tate are not to be missed on your next visit to London - but before you leave Sofitel London St James, examine further the best Turbine Hall installations of all time. Magnifique! 

TATE / LONDON

An ex-power station and now the lobby to the Tate Modern gallery, the Turbine Hall has hosted some of the world’s most memorable modern art works and varied art installations - including porcelain sunflower seeds created by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, a giant artificial yellow sun that was the work of the Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, and the German artist Carsten Höller’s spiral slides.

Turbine Hall and indeed the Tate are not to be missed on your next visit to London - but before you leave Sofitel London St James, examine further the best Turbine Hall installations of all time. Magnifique! 

LEGENDARY EVENTS

The Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara offers the perfect combination of age-old tradition, local hospitality and French luxury. The hotel, covering a square city block in the old quarter, is a coral stucco grand dame that has been brought into the 21st century with a gentle and creative hand, respecting the original convent structure. Our favorite room? ‘The chapel’ - a fairytale setting with its original soaring ceiling, marble floor and enormous Spanish doors that would open once a year to welcome young initiates, never to see the outside world again. History echoes through the chapel, the setting of fifty-five to sixty weddings a year, under a purple, plum and red silk draped chandelier. Say “I do” in style. Magnifique!

LEGENDARY EVENTS
BE SQUARE

 Silk twill scarf “Quadri” by Hermès. Discover more of the enchanting world of Hermès with bathroom amenities inside most Sofitel suite, as well as Hermès boutiques around the world. 

BE SQUARE

 Silk twill scarf “Quadri” by Hermès. Discover more of the enchanting world of Hermès with bathroom amenities inside most Sofitel suite, as well as Hermès boutiques around the world. 

BE SQUARE

 Silk twill scarf “Quadri” by Hermès. Discover more of the enchanting world of Hermès with bathroom amenities inside most Sofitel suite, as well as Hermès boutiques around the world. 

ART / BERLIN

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Claudia Wieser is a Berlin-based artist who creates drawings, sculptures, wall installations and tapestries based on the principle of geometric abstraction. A common trait of Wieser’s work is the use of strong geometric, ornate forms, and a selective application of color. The artist is represented by Sies + Höke, and one of our favorite artist finds from Germany this year.

ART / BERLIN
SOFITEL TRADITIONS
Dessert aficionados will already be familiar with our light-as-a-feather classic French macarons. What you may not know is that they are produced fresh every morning at Sofitel properties around the world. Magnifique! 

SOFITEL TRADITIONS

Dessert aficionados will already be familiar with our light-as-a-feather classic French macarons. What you may not know is that they are produced fresh every morning at Sofitel properties around the world. Magnifique! 

SOFITEL TRADITIONS

Dessert aficionados will already be familiar with our light-as-a-feather classic French macarons. What you may not know is that they are produced fresh every morning at Sofitel properties around the world. Magnifique! 

O’KEEFFE’S EVOLUTION
“I know I cannot paint a flower. I can not paint the sun on the desert on a bright summer morning but maybe in terms of paint color I can convey to you my experience of the flower or the experience that makes the flower of significance to me at that particular time.” —Georgia O’Keeffe
Experience flowers, both painted and real, this weekend in Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George and Bouquets to Art 2014! 
Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887—1986). Petunias, 1925. Oil on board. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Gift of the M. H. de Young Family, 1990.55 © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

O’KEEFFE’S EVOLUTION

“I know I cannot paint a flower. I can not paint the sun on the desert on a bright summer morning but maybe in terms of paint color I can convey to you my experience of the flower or the experience that makes the flower of significance to me at that particular time.” —Georgia O’Keeffe

Experience flowers, both painted and real, this weekend in Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George and Bouquets to Art 2014

Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887—1986). Petunias, 1925. Oil on board. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Gift of the M. H. de Young Family, 1990.55 © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

O’KEEFFE’S EVOLUTION

“I know I cannot paint a flower. I can not paint the sun on the desert on a bright summer morning but maybe in terms of paint color I can convey to you my experience of the flower or the experience that makes the flower of significance to me at that particular time.” —Georgia O’Keeffe

Experience flowers, both painted and real, this weekend in Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George and Bouquets to Art 2014

Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887—1986). Petunias, 1925. Oil on board. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Gift of the M. H. de Young Family, 1990.55 © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

CHANEL / PARIS
This year marks 10 years of Chanel’s Métiers d’Art runway shows, 11 showcases of craftsmanship and excellence drawing inspiration from a different country that played a part in the house’s history, each year. Yet of course our home Paris is the city that has always held the allure of the Chanel label -  Coco opened her first boutique on rue Cambon in 1910, close to the current Chanel store, and only moments from Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg. 

CHANEL / PARIS

This year marks 10 years of Chanel’s Métiers d’Art runway shows, 11 showcases of craftsmanship and excellence drawing inspiration from a different country that played a part in the house’s history, each year. Yet of course our home Paris is the city that has always held the allure of the Chanel label -  Coco opened her first boutique on rue Cambon in 1910, close to the current Chanel store, and only moments from Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg

(Source: chiaramoretti, via sofitelparisarcdetriomphe)

CHANEL / PARIS

This year marks 10 years of Chanel’s Métiers d’Art runway shows, 11 showcases of craftsmanship and excellence drawing inspiration from a different country that played a part in the house’s history, each year. Yet of course our home Paris is the city that has always held the allure of the Chanel label -  Coco opened her first boutique on rue Cambon in 1910, close to the current Chanel store, and only moments from Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg

(Source: chiaramoretti, via sofitelparisarcdetriomphe)