Jeff Leatham has designed the floral decorations for luxury brands such as Alexander McQueen and Bulgari. His clients include Oprah Winfrey and the Kardashians and he even created the floral displays for Eva Longoria’s wedding (the actress remains one of his best friends). So with this acclaimed artistic director behind the lobby flowers at the Four Seasons George V Hotel in Paris, this hotel certainly delivers the wow factor when you first arrive.
Jeff, whose floral design studio is based in LA, first began working with the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, aka The Beverley Wilshire (yes that Pretty Woman hotel). And in 2014, he was awarded the Prestigious Knighthood Chevalier de L’Order des Arts et Letters for contributing to French culture.
When you arrive at the Four Seasons in Paris, the flowers are one of the first things that catch your eye. Beside the iridescent floors, original 1920s archways and beautiful soaring ceilings, a mediocre flower display just wouldn’t cut it, would it? Cue huge bunches of peonies that lure you in with their pastel coloured petals and a perfume that fills the air of the whole lobby. The mirrored box vases they sit in dramatically reflect the light and the whole thing is a breathtaking work of art. They had me swooning every time I walked through the hotel doors.
During our visit, we dined in the hotel’s two restaurants, the three Michelin-starred Le Cinq and the Mediterranean inspired Le George. It was when we were having lunch in the latter that we noticed the very simple but striking arrangement of the lillies, angled in huge vases, adding a very modern feel to the restaurant. It comes as no surpise that Jeff’s work has been compared to contemporary art. I think it’s safe to say that if you like flowers, you’ll love The Four Seasons George V Paris.
When you read my upcoming reviews of Le George, Le Cinq and the wonderful Four Seasons Spa, you’ll see that that opulence exists in every aspect of this hotel. And just when we thought our weekend excitement was over (as we waited for our taxi back to Gare du Nord), we bumped into Jeff Leatham himself. He was hard at work putting together the next floral display for the hotel.
The question is, what do you say to someone who has designed for the glitterati of Hollywood and counts Eva et al as his best friends? The answer is, I haven’t a clue. In hindsight I would have asked him all sorts of amazing questions. But no, I was completely caught off guard so I politely introduced myself, praised him on his stunning work and then of course papped him as he graciously posed for photos and got on with his work.
The only regret I have is not seeing Jeff’s latest installation at George V Paris. Because as I write this, the highly anticipated Marble Courtyard is now open at The Four Seasons and Jeff has filled it with more of his gorgeous floral artwork. Sadly it hadn’t opened during our stay but it’s ok, I can get my flower porn fix via the Four Seasons Paris and Jeff Leatham instagram accounts. Or, I could just go back to this seriously lovely hotel one day. Here’s hoping.
Until next time x
For more information about Jeff Leatham, head over to his website, and follow him on Facebook, instagram and Pinterest. For information about the Four Seasons George V Paris, go to FourSeasons.com/George-V-Paris.