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French savoir vivre: Thonet at the Hotel Castelbrac in Dinard

Interior design: Sandra Benhamou

Photos: Gilles Trillard


Since the summer of 2015, roughly 80 Thonet chairs and armchairs have decorated Castelbrac, the new five-star luxury hotel in the traditional bath resort town of Dinard in Brittany – also called the Nice of the North. After a three year conversion, the Victorian villa built in 1865 is now presented with new glamour and an exclusive and contemporary interior design without losing its Breton charm. Natural colours such as blue, green, brown and crème define the picture and uniquely reflect the colours of the Côte d’Emeraude. The selection of the chairs matches this concept: in the reception area, the comfortable armchairs 233 P in black welcome the guests; in the restaurant, diners sit on the same model in white with beige upholstery, enjoying the view of the Baie du Prieuré and the star chef’s excellent cuisine using local products. In the guest rooms, model 404 and 404 F in olive green and brown, designed by Stefan Dietz, offers plenty of seating comfort. In the seminar room, a custom-tailored boat-shaped meeting table with integrated media technology along with 14 cantilever chairs S 64 P with warm grey lacquered tubular steel frames and brown leather covers perfectly round off the maritime ambiance.