Project Spotlight

Fouquet’s New York

Fouquet’s has arrived in New York, marking Hôtel Barrière’s entrance into the US market. The iconic French brand’s eight-story hotel is in the heart of Tribeca and offers guests an intimate atmosphere mixed with Parisian elegance. Fouquet’s lobby and 97 guest rooms exude a family home’s easy charm with a feeling of everyday opulence. In addition to the residential-style rooms, the hotel offers French cuisine options and upscale amenities, including a spa and rooftop terrace.

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With an aesthetic masterfully defined by the Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, Fouquet’s New York offered Saatchi Art’s curators an exciting opportunity to curate a strong thematic art collection to complement the luxurious setting. The goal for the project was to provide a series of artworks for the guest rooms that elegantly merged French and American cultures. Decorated with European furniture, Toile de Jouy wallpaper, decadent drapes, and quilted headboards, the Art Deco-inspired guest rooms are characterized by pastel tones and sun-drenched living spaces. To further enhance the distinct style of each guest room, Saatchi’s art advisors selected artworks that exude a combination of Parisian chic and New York cool to adorn the walls.

With spontaneous gestures and graceful charcoal lines, Melissa Herrington’s ephemeral paintings are highly contemplative and Twombly-esque. In contrast, Mandy Racine’s figurative paintings are a lively combination of classical French portraiture and street art that have been reworked with layers of gesso, paint, and pastels. 

Photo: @matthieusalvaing
Photo: @matthieusalvaing

Print line drawings by Saatchi Art artist David Jones are featured throughout the hotel’s king rooms.

In the public spaces of the hotel, there is a series of photographs by French duo The Heidies, whose works are inspired by fashion and often shot in palatial surroundings such as Versailles. The Marseille-based painter Fanny Nushka was commissioned to make a new series of paintings inspired by the ball scene in Flaubert’s novel Madame Bovary. There are also black and white photographs capturing French elegance by Jean-Philippe Lebee, a recent graduate of the Gobelins School of Photography in Paris.

If you are interested in working with our art advisory team, please contact us at  at — we’d love to hear from you! In the meantime, please enjoy exploring this recent collection curated by Saatchi Art Hospitality Art Advisor Connie Kim.