— How does a Frenchman end up in Brazil owning a boutique guest house?
It’s an amazing city. I always say that we have everything apart from the cold. Everything else is here, the lakes, the ocean, the city, the forest... We don’t have the beauty of Paris in terms of architecture but there is the landscape –the location is amazing. For me it is the nicest city in the world.”
— La Maison pool area
— When did you move to Brazil?
We have not worked in this area before and you need to understand a lot of things to run this kind of business. But we loved the idea. We love to organise stuff, to receive and welcome people and this is the reason why we said, okay, maybe we can be good at this business – because we enjoy doing it. We do it with pleasure.”
— La Maison lounge area
— What is the history of La Maison?
— You say the decoration of La Maison was inspired by your travels?
— Copacabana room balcony
— If you had to describe the style and the essence of La Maison, how would you do that?
In terms of decor, it’s a mix of modern and antique... I don’t know how to explain that. For example, if you go to the open lounge area, it’s something more white, more clean. Then you go into the living room which is in red colours, it’s more cosy and it’s a different atmosphere... it’s all a mix of that.”
— Shanghai room
— Please tell me a little bit about the services you offer?
I also receive all the guests myself. I help to organise drivers, book restaurants, give a lot of advice about what to do, and where to go depending on people wanting something more local or more touristic.”