6 Must-See Spots Inside Boucheron's Heritage Boutique
1/6 Grand Staircase
Created by Charles de Nocé in the 18th century and altered many times up to 1894, the mansion’s central staircase had lost its status as a focal point of the house. But thanks to meticulous refurbishment, it has been restored to its former glory.
It is impossible to walk up the sweeping stairs without thinking of the fascinating characters who have preceded you over the centuries. As in the homes of the French aristocracy, this is where portraits of members of different generations are displayed, alongside the many awards received by Frédéric and Louis Boucheron.
2/6 Winter Garden
The Winter Garden, a new addition to the building, draws attention to the beauty of nature, a central theme in most Boucheron jewellery collections. The light-filled space is packed with lush plants and decorative objets d’art that rise from a deep-green marble floor, creating the feel of a chic urban jungle.
A tree engraved by Rochon on the glass roof, designed by Goutal, provides welcome shade in summer, while a low table fashioned from petrified wood and a delicate feather-filled installation by artist Emilie Moutard-Martin bring an almost dream-like quality to the space.
3/6 Grand Salon
The Louis XV-style walnut panelling Frédéric Boucheron installed in his main salon in 1893 has been restored in full for the first time. The beautiful room feels particularly stylish, thanks to a colourful art nouveau rug, modernist Platner arm chairs and a rock-crystal chandelier designed by Rochon and produced by Maison Tisserant.
4/6 Salon Chinois
Chinese-themed interiors were popular among leaders of European society in the late 19th century, and the Salon Chinois dates back to Frédéric Boucheron’s time. Its carmine-red walls glow with vernis Martin, an ornate French lacquer, and have exotic mouldings and panels custom-designed for the room.
The salon’s freshly restored furniture adds to the ambiance of luxury and exoticism, an effect accentuated by the restoration of a hidden door, allowing clients to slip out in secret should they wish.
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5/6 Salon de l’Horlogerie
Once the apartment of the Countess of Castiglione, who was frequently visited here by Napoleon, this salon was turned into a drawing workshop by Frédéric Boucheron in 1918. Sharing a mezzanine with the offices of the Boucheron dynasty, it overlooked the bustling sales space throughout the 20th century. The century-old wooden bookshelves have been retained and restored, and now display Boucheron’s most famous timepieces.
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6/6 Le “26”
Boucheron’s most valued clients will now have the chance to experience a truly special night in the heart of Paris, staying in the maison’s meticulously restored apartment overlooking Place Vendôme. Le “26” is managed by the Ritz, just a few steps away, which means you can enjoy cocktails from the Hemingway Bar and world-class food and drink in Le “26.”
The apartment’s exquisite interior design includes delicate, hand-painted wallpaper. The library’s walls are hung with 18th-century Chinese wallpaper, and in the bedroom, the reflection of the Parisian skyline merges into a dreamlike wallpaper by Pierre Frey. Could there be a more romantic place to wake up in the City of Light?
This story first appeared on Hong Kong Tatler.