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The Decadent Meeting Point

Posted on July 14, 2009 by Morten Linde

This week I’d like talk about the incredible Hotel Costes in Paris, where Jorn, Mercedes and I met with the creative team behind the Linde Werdelin parallel universe, Thierry Smolderen (scenario writer) and Dominique Bertail (illustrator). In the near future we will tell you more about these super talented guys who are creating our wonderful hand drawn universe.

We chose Hotel Costes (239, Rue St. Honoré in Paris) due to the decadent Napoleon III style and interior, designed by the flamboyant Jaques Garcia. His style is very over-the-top and could not be more opposite compared to Scandinavian functionalism. And I love it! Garcia is no novice to interior decoration and is the genious behind such famous hotels La Mamounia in Marrakech, Hotel Victor in Miami, Jean-Georges in New York, Hotel Bellagio in Las Vegas, and La Reserve in Geneva. In other words, he´s rather popular in many parts of the world!

The food at the Hotel Costes restaurant is nothing like the interior. It is classic, yet modern brasserie style. Nothing fancy, but undoubtedly great cuisine. The lounge music of Hotel Costes is world famous and released on several CDs throughout the years. Of course a great pianist could have delivered the laid back music, but instead Costes opted for a talented DJ to deliver the cool tunes that surrounds you when visiting this amazing hotel.

I love watching the people visting the hotel. It is a great mix of creatives, models, famous photographers, fashion people from around the world bringing their incredible entourage as well as people just visiting to get a sense of what the fuzz is all about.

By the way, I owe you an apology as I promised an under water video from one of our test dives in Øresund last week. We will of course show this footage as soon as it is ready for public viewing.

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