Sotheby's Auction House, Paris


Project Information

Lead Architect
Peter Marino, New York

Sesame lift area Architect
Bodin & Associates, Paris

Project Managers
Turnbull Associates, France

The Building

Sotheby’s France first opened in Paris in 1967 and moved to its current headquarters in 1988 on Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré, opposite the Elysée Palace. Built during the Second French Empire and remodelled in the 1930s, it was at the centre of Parisian artistic life for more than 40 years. Auctions, exhibitions, lectures and cultural and special events are held regularly on these elegant premises.

Sotheby's Paris was renovated in 2013 by renown New York Architect Peter Marino

Sotheby's is a British multinational corporation, founded in 1744 and now head quartered in New York City. Its is one of the world's largest brokers of fine and decorative art, jewellery, real estate and collectibles.

The process

Sesame flew to Paris for the design meeting and held follow up design consultations using conference calling.

Sesame designed and manufactured the invisible lift in Sesame's workshop in Surrey, UK.

The lift was then transported to Paris and installed by Sesame's trained installation engineers.

photograph of a wooden panelled reception area with Clients looking at art works in the background
photograph of a dark wood panelled reception area with display and flowers
photograph of a white wall with door open revealing a hidden platform lift
photograph of a white marble clad platform lift inside a dark wood clad lift shaft, with door open
Sesame lift at Sotheby's Auction House, Paris

"Wow!" moment for Sesame

In 2014, Sesame held a Presentation Event at the British Embassy Paris where they formally launched their bespoke wheelchair lifts to Parisian Architects, Main Contractors and Disability Groups. The launch was introduced by the British Ambassador to France, Sir Peter Ricketts. The launch was supported by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), under Sesame's UKTI Passport to Export Programme

Mark Grol, Sotheby's Directeur General Delegue very kindly presented Sotheby's Paris as a Sesame Case Study as part of the launch. Over 100 guests attended this successful event.

Sesame now has a lift partner in France for Sesame lift installations in France.