One of France’s most iconic Art Nouveau houses will reopen very soon to welcome guests after several months of renovations.

An overall shot of the outside of the Villa
Some details of the villa's façade were changed after the restoration, like the bow window which was eliminated to restore the original look of the house © MEN – Photo Philippe Caron

Villa Majorelle in Nancy was built between 1901 and 1902 as a family home for the designer Louis Majorelle. The project was entrusted to young architect Henri Sauvage, who designed Villa Majorelle as the first completely Art Nouveau house in the city of Nancy. “The flowing forms and decorative motifs and the continuous interplay between the exterior and the interior make Villa Majorelle an example of successfully applying the notion of artistic unity,” it reads on the villa’s description. “[It was something that was] advocated by a large number of artists of the period”.

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Villa Majorelle has undergone a massive €2.5 million restoration project internally and externally and has remained sympathetic to the villa's current status as a museum and previous incarnation as a home.

A shot of the Villa's dining room
The villa is also known with the name Villa Jika, from the initials of Louis Majorelle's wife Jane Kretz © MEN – Photo Siméon Levaillant

With restoration work almost complete, the villa is ready to welcome guests once again in an “immersive experience into the city in the 1900s” that will feel like entering the private life of Louis Majorelle and his family. Guests can wander around the living room and dining room on the ground floor before walking up the beautiful staircase into the private area with family bedrooms and a studio.

A shot of the details, in this case the terrace doors, inside the Villa
The Villa will still need some light renovation works between 2021 and 2022, but they won't impact its opening to the public © MEN – Photo Pierre Mignot

The villa will officially re-open on 15 and 16 February, and from then visits will be from Wednesday to Sunday. Tickets will start at €6, or €4 with concessions. You can find more information at its official website here.

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