Thursday, September 29, 2011

Interior: A Royal Bath

An exquisite restoration.

These special and incredible bathrooms were originally designed for King George VI, (recently portrayed in The King's Speech) and his wife Elizabeth, for their stay in the palace during an official visit back in 1938. Indeed, they are located in the Quai d'Orsay, in the building that houses the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris. The inspiration for the design of these rooms was Apollo, god of sun, and Diana, goddess of the moon—and in reflection of such, as you see, the King's has been outfitted in gold, and the Queen's, in silver...

For the occasion of the King and Queen's arrival, one-thousand workmen and 37 companies were hired to complete the restoration, bathrooms included. And it was only more recently (in 2003) that the two rooms you see were restored yet again, so that they might be appreciated. In fact, the bathrooms are open to the public just once a year, for European Heritage Days—most recently, from September 17-18, just days ago! Click here for a few additional captures.

Images: The World of Interiors, May 2011, by: Adrien Dirand


  1. Oh my my, now your having me with this (again)!!!! my goodness, this is extremly georgous!!, the perfect hue of gold. Perfect!! I love The World of Interiors, so much inspiration.

    Hope your having a good week Sarah.


  2. Who wouldn't like to be a queen if you can have a bathroom like this. And yes, it seems like an exquisite restoration, I can still feel the years passed in the bathroom, while having a feeling that it could have been designed by anyone nowadays.

    Thank you for sharing =)


  3. Sarah, such elegant refinery. Exquisite! Just stunning!


    Art by Karena

  4. I would like to be a queen/princess and have a bathroom like this! Stunning!

  5. Love it so much... I`ld like to have a bathroom like that!! It's amazing!!

    Love you blog!

  6. Sarah, I've been out of town for ten days and just catching up...would love to soak in this bath for several hours right now. Hope all is well with you. Have a great weekend. Mona

  7. Oh wow, amazing!

    Congrats on working with the lovely Roséline, that will be so much fun!
    xxxx DJ

  8. They are one amazing piece of interior work on a bathroom i have ever seen

  9. I like you practically wrote the book on the subject.
    royal bath


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