Giacometti Institute: the restoration of Paul Follot’s sets

Vue de l’exposition L’Atelier d’Alberto Giacometti vu par Jean Genet, Institut Giacometti, 2018 ©Succession Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti, Paris et ADAGP, Paris)

The Giacometti Institute opened its doors in Paul Follot’s former mansion house.

On this occasion, our Workshops restored the three main rooms of the private mansion as well as the alcove where Paul Follot, architect and decorator, master of art deco, worked.


Hotel Follot vestibule 1923   Hotel Follot salle à manger 1923 Hotel Follot salon 1923   Hotel Follot atelier 1923

Above from left to right: Entrance – Dining room – Lounge – Alcôve

A.Frechet, Intérieurs Modernes, Mobilier et Décoration, Librairie industrielle et d’ameublement, Ch.Moreau, Editeur, Paris 1923.

These sets, protected as Historic Monuments, have been preserved in their original layout, constituting a homogeneous and unique decorative ensemble in France.

After a study of the woodwork by the design office, the restoration workshop was commissioned to carry out the restoration of the decorations in the entrance, living room, dining room and alcove.

Hotel Follot Salon pilastre avant intervention         Hotel Follot salon état initial d'un pilastre détail       Hotel Follot salon pilastre en cours de restauration      Hotel Follot Salon pilastre après intervention

Woodwork in the living room:

above: restoration of a pilaster : before – in process – after

below: final state

Hotel Follot Salon après restauration   Hotel Follot salon après intervention boiseries d'angle


Hôtel Follot alcôve montage à blanc en atelier   Hotel Follot alcôve après restauration

Restoration of the alcove at the workshop

Alcove – trial assembled in the workshop and final state

In parallel, the manufacturing workshop completed the restoration of the exterior and interior joinery, the restoration of the ceiling of Paul Follot’s workshop and the creation of stairways.

Hotel Follot menuiseries et plafond de l'atelier restaurés    Hotel Follot vestibule porte après restauration    Hotel Follot menuiseries restaurées et emmarchement restitués

To discover this magnificent dialogue between Paul Follot’s sets and Giacometti’s works, visits are made by appointment at the Giacometti Foundation:

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