The son of a family of architects, Jean-Philippe Nuel trained at the Beaux-Arts de Paris art school. When he secured his first commission – a hotel – at the age of 30, he had no idea he would become a key figure in his industry. From the Radisson Blu in Nantes to the Hôtel Taj in Pondichéry, the Hôtel Pullman in the Gare du Midi, and the Hotel Baccarat in Dubai, he tries to “etch out an identity around two major elements: the environment in the widest sense of the term (the country, city or district) and architecture”.
Taking context as his inspiration such as a film director would, Jean-Philippe Nuel excels at converting locations which are freighted with history, such as the Hôtel Dieu in Marseille or Molitor outdoor pool in Paris.
While hotels are the setting in which he most likes to unleash his creativity, he works in other areas too, carrying out private projects and designing objects for outlets such as Ligne Roset (with his Luca sofas) and Cinna (his Aroun lamp).