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    Ed Tuttle is one of America's best architects. Although he has undertaken residential projects for couturier Kenzo Takada and painter Brice Marden, hotels make up the majority of his projects; he is perhaps best known for his ingenious work for the exclusive Amanresorts, with properties in Thailand, Indonesia, France and the United States.
    A native of Seattle, Tuttle gained much of his early experience in Asia, where he spent 7 years working on hotel projects across the region. The list of distinguished names includes Park Hyatts, Hiltons, Sheratons, Inter-Continentals. After studying architecture, he apprenticed with Gump's, the design studio in San Francisco, and then went on to work with interior designers in Hong Kong and Greece.
    Tuttle finally settled in Paris where, in 1977, he set up his own firm Designrealization, an agency of seven people situated on rue des Saints-Peres. The team takes charge of the entire aesthetic of each project, overseeing the architecture, interior architecture, and the furniture design. In doing so, Tuttle always strives for a style that reflects the cultural flavour and feel of the cities in which the hotels are constructed. Tuttle has equal respect for the environment and therein harmoniously uses local materials and techniques true to the contemporary architecture of the country.
    In this work, Ed Tuttle demonstrates a grand sense of perspective and space. He has a clear preference for geometric forms and one clearly recognizes his style in the perfect fusion between traditional and modern design. He is always true to his architectural philosophy that wherever one looks, an interesting perspective is always shown.
    Ed Tuttle is responsible for the interior design of Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, which opened in August 2003, and has used materials that were typically used in Paris during the 19th century in a contemporary manner. This project is part of a vision that fuses both French classicism and the French ideal of beauty. Set on Rue de la Paix, just minutes from place de la Concorde, five buildings have been joined together to form the 188-room Park Hyatt Vendome. Tuttle says that Hyatt's aim for the hotel, is "to build a palace, a really luxury new hotel," using beautiful furniture, luxurious fabrics, and design to accentuate the basic element of the building. He talks about the Hyatt coming into the business, "with that extra creative stimulus."
    Ed Tuttle advanced this project by bringing together many craftsmen and contemporary artists in order to create a unique venue — a mixture of Parisian classicism and modernism — one without precedent in Paris.
    Continuing Tuttle's theme of understated simplicity, custom-designed Jim Thompson fabrics are used throughout the hotel. Fabrics Rue de la Paix, Vendome and Chenille Canvas are all Tuttle-designed that are borne out of his desire to work with an architectural-type fabric. The fabrics are designed to be tactile using a chenille yarn, in silk and cotton, which lends dimension as well as creates a softer feel to the interior architecture.
    All three fabrics come in a multitude of colors using the juxtaposition of contrasting warp and weft colors as the common theme. This seemingly simply technique creates the richness and iridescence that are renown in Jim Thompson silks, giving the three fabrics an exoticism that possesses an architectural feel.

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