Mickaël Gouret Goes Classic for La Chambre by Royal Hermitage Bedding Shop in Paris

Full-size mirrors in the back multiply the rows of arches in Gouret’s design for La Chambre by Royal Hermitage. Photography by Nicolas Matéus.

For the La Chambre by Royal Hermitage Bedding shop, just moments from Left Bank Paris landmarks such as Café de Flore, there was no point competing with the glamour of Boulevard Saint-Germain. Instead, architect and designer Mickaël Gouret () transformed a slightly dowdy shop into a 1,700-square-foot grand promenade.

Gouret tucked lighting between the exposed ceiling beams of the second floor’s mattress showroom. Photography by Nicolas Matéus.

“I wanted something from the classical image people have of Paris,” Gouret says. “So, the arches are perfectly aligned to the new main entrance of the shop. The central part of the shop is then given over to a bed. And the landscape hierarchy is very low so that the bed is always visible from the outside, but also from the other side of the street.”

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A sea-blue rug by Ege offers drama, ramped up by a vivid red rug by Prevotat that runs up the curved staircase of the same color to a second-floor expanse of mattress options. A few of Roger Tallon’s Cryptogamme stools dot the sales floor, the ideal spot to rest and dream up plans for the future.

A bold red staircase unites the two floors of La Chambre by Royal Hermitage in Paris’s Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood. Photography by Nicolas Matéus.
Niches backed in blue display merchandise above storage boxes made of marble. Photography by Nicolas Matéus.
The interiors of the arches are covered in Nobilis’s unwoven satin wallpaper. Photography by Nicolas Matéus.

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