Now Booking / Martin Margiela’s Suite Hereafter

By Christine Muhlke

Margiela suite

Before stepping down from Maison Martin Margiela this month, the Belgian designer was looking within. Not only did he launch a collection of furniture and “white objects” for the home, like this beautiful embroidered calendar, he also designed the Suite Ile aux Oiseaux at Les Sources de Caudalie near Bordeaux.

The hotel and spa, opened 10 years ago in the Smith Haut-Lafitte château by the winemaking family and its entrepreneurial offspring (who knew that grape seeds were the fountain of youth?), tapped Maison Martin Margiela to design its signature suite, which re-opened last week. The freestanding cabana, perched on a pond, is now a world apart from the French country charm of the rooms in the château.

For 650 euros a night and up (a special package includes “a gift signed by Maison Martin Margiela” — perhaps one of the Maison’s new wine-bottle lamps?), guests can retreat to the avant-garde chambre between spa treatments and bottles of premier cru at the hotel’s La Grand’Vigne restaurant. (In keeping with the spa theme, the restaurant offers a calorie-conscious menu amid the foie gras.)

The suite’s décor is classic Margiela, with its white-on-white-on-gray palette and trompe l’oeil playfulness: overlapping white calfskin rugs cover the bedroom floor, 12 white pillows are stitched to a white wall to form a headboard. The wallpaper in the sitting room is printed to look like the ghostly walls of a Haussmanian apartment, while the bathroom floor “tiles” are photo-printed pebbles. The only shock of color among the slip-covered 1950s chairs and mirrored cubes comes from a red hot-lips sofa. The effect is as calming as it is subtly disarming. The only question is: will room service bring you red wine?

Les Sources de Caudalie, Chemin de Smith Haut-Lafitte, Bordeaux-Martillac; 011-33-5-57-83-83-83.

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