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Capturing the Design Legacy of 1930s Shanghai

October 16, 2014
Capturing the Design Legacy of 1930s Shanghai

Buddha Bar Hotel Paris, 4 Rue d’Anjou, Paris, France.

A contemporary fusion of time and place that captures the design legacy of 1930s Shanghai.

8th ARRONDISSEMENT, PARIS, FRANCE (October 2014) – Buddha Bar Hotel Paris is a sanctuary devoted to sophisticated comfort and exotic wonder in Paris’ 8th arrondissement. Conceived by the George V Entertainment Group, with interiors designed by Francois Wapler of Design Wapler & Associés, Buddha Bar Hotel Paris draws on the design legacy of 1930s Shanghai with glittering gold silks, glossy black lacquers, opulent red lanterns, and a watchful dragon. 

Buddha Bar Hotel Paris fuses the Art Deco spirit of the Far East with Paris’ elegant Right Bank. In the 1930s, architects and designers in Shanghai, China, embraced the Art Deco style to capture the prosperity, excitement, and glamour of the modern city. Like the Buddha Bar Hotel Paris, Art Deco symbolized indulgence, fashion, and a new cosmopolitanism, expressed through glimmering and sumptuous surfaces, fabrics, and furnishings. To evoke this spirit and time, Francois Wapler uses ornate silks, mirrored walls, lacquered ceilings, and glass and enamel mosaics to create contemporary luxury.

Art Deco drew on exotic imagery and sensual materials from Africa and the Far East; in 1930s Shanghai, Art Deco designers looked to traditional Chinese forms and motifs. In this tradition, Wapler incorporates grand geometric wooden screens as monumental headboards, illuminates cherry tree branch motifs on the wall panels of Le Qu4tre lounge bar, and emblazons a ceremonial black and white staircase with the symbols of Yin and Yang. Red, yellow, and black dominate throughout Buddha Bar Hotel Paris; red being symbolic of joy and good fortune, and yellow, fittingly, representing both the center of the universe and the freedom from worldly cares. 

A mythical, benevolent dragon watches over guests throughout Buddha Bar Hotel Paris. An emblematic and legendary figure in Chinese mythology, the dragon symbolizes power, strength, and good luck. It welcomes guests as a glimmering and sinuous mosaic in the entrance floor; it is featured in the light fixtures and bathroom mirrors; and winds its way through plush carpets, golden yellow fabrics, and black stone panels. 

Illuminated by 120 red lanterns, the entrance to Buddha Bar Hotel Paris links the present with the past, France with the Far East. Indeed, Buddha Bar Hotel Paris is a contemporary fusion of time and place that captures Shanghai’s golden age of Art Deco in the 1930s. George V Entertainment Group with Francois Wapler have created an exquisitely designed, and sophisticated and welcoming hotel experience that is right at home in Paris’ cosmopolitan Right Bank. 

Buddha Bar Hotel Paris is the new flagship property of the George V Entertainment Group, which offers visionary hotels, bars, restaurants, and spas in more than twenty locations around the world. The Buddha Bar brand is dedicated to the “art of living,” defined by a luxury lifestyle, positive energy, lavish design, and welcoming and attentive hospitality. Buddha Bar Hotel Paris offers 56 spacious bedrooms including 19 suites, as well as Le Vraymonde contemporary restaurant, Le Qu4tre lounge bar, and B/Attitude spa. The hotel’s prestigious location on Paris’ Right Bank provides guests with convenient access to the city’s coveted fashion boutiques, theaters, cafés, and restaurants, plus famous Parisian landmarks, Champs Élysées, Park Monceau, Place Vendôme, and the Louvre Museum (

Buddha Bar Hotel Paris — Not Just Another Hotel. It’s A Lifestyle.

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George V Entertainment operates Buddha Bar Hotel properties in Paris, Budapest, and Prague, with a fourth to open in Yeravan, Armenia. The brand also operates sixteen Buddha Bar restaurants and five B/Attitude spas in various locations around the world.