The Belgian designer Martin Margiela, known more for his fashion collections than interiors, has completed work on his first foray into hospitality design: 17 rooms and the public spaces at the Maison Champs Elysées in Paris. Margiela, an enigmatic figure who is rarely photographed and declines face-to-face interviews, has distanced himself from the day-to-day operations of his eponymous fashion line, instead choosing to focus on "special projects." If this is an example of the outre oeuvre that he is pursuing now, all the better. Sometimes the staid hospitality industry needs a good kick in the pants. For more photos of the wacky renovations, head over to Dezeen, where you'll find snapshots of oddities like stuffed tropical birds in vitrines and a cluster of faux fungi "growing" in the corner of a hotel suite.
· Maison Champs Elysées by Maison Martin Margiela [Dezeen]