JOI-Design redesigns AC Ambassadeur Hotel in Juan les Pins

JOI-Design redesigned the public spaces of the AC Ambassadeur Hotel, a coastal retreat in the Antibes enclave, Juan les Pins, a historical town on the Côte d’Azur in France.

The aim of the redesign was to create a coastal holiday destination that has balance between the city and the countryside. Inspiration was taken from the locality – the seascape and associated maritime culture, regional architecture and the town’s proximity to the Gould Pine Grove with its jazz concerts.

Artistic subtleties, such as the reception desk’s glass lamps loosely modeled after the rope buoys found in marinas, form understated allusions to the nautical concept. In the lobby, the staccato movement of the abstract black and white paintings conveys the jazzy esprit of Antibes.


A bright reception area invites guests to kick-back and unwind. Clean lines and simple forms come together in a modern interior that has a residential feel. Patterns are applied with a light touch throughout, allowing materials and textures to express the ambience. The designers made selective use of accessories, such as mirrors and decorative glass. Large windows maximize garden views, while the addition of shutters and voiles softens and filters the strong midday sun.

Tailored touches are featured in AC Ambassadeur’s restaurant, Fushi. In the evening, indirect lighting cast on coved ceilings creates shadows. Contemporary white-on-white candelabras mix with a muted range of taupe tones and monochromatic artwork.

In the library, a bespoke window feature made from varying sizes of richly grained teakwood boxes serves as an art installation with display alcoves yet also conceals the view of the building next door.

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