FLIGHT OF FANCY
Elle Decor India|August - September 2020
FLIGHT OF FANCY
With its lofty perch amid rice paddies and mountains, architect Bill Bensley envisions a fusion for Hotel de la Coupole, member of the MGallery Hotel Collection, where French haute couture meets hill tribe culture
THUY DUONG NGUYEN and LINDA BERGMARK

When Bill Bensley and his teams were asked to design the Hotel de La Coupole, it was a mix of French colonial culture, rice terraced mountains and local ethnic minorities that served as his inspiration. The catalyst for the entire hotel, he says, was a sight at a “marché aux puces” or flea market in Paris: A 1920s vintage polka dot hat, placed atop a typical Vietnamese hill tribe hat. “What a great thing to do,” he mused, “to make an entire hotel from this idea— Vietnamese hill tribe with a French influence at the turn of the century.”

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