French Interior Designers
Nowadays all the design-lovers’ eyes are focused in Paris. For that reason, My Design Weekdecided to present you 10 amazing interior designers based in Paris.
The historical founder of the Alberto Pinto Studio was the late Alberto Pinto, one of the biggest Icons of French Interior Design that during his life built his works on the mixture of styles. After he died, his Studio carried on. Today the Alberto Pinto Studio is considered one of the Top Design Studios in Franceand, by maintaining this status, it has honored Alberto Pinto’s memory and legacy. Currently, the Alberto Pinto Studio is an interior design and decoration office of 60 people whose domains of intervention cover not only the realization of private residences, office buildings, hotels, but also yachts or private jets.
Being a lover of arts since a young age, Charles Zana is a passionate French designer and architect who combines art and technique in every one of his projects. From Paristo London, via Gstaad, Tel Aviv and Monaco, Zana’s style and expertise are showcased in some of the world’s most beautiful public and private interiors. A house in the chic Parisian suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine is a perfect case in point. Zana designs the best spaces for his clients by establishing systems of habitation that they can easily appropriate. His interiors are structured around people, taking every aspect of their lives into account, and he never imposes a style. In this midcentury house in the suburbs of Paris, it was no different.
Christian Liaigrewas born in La Rochelle, France in 1943. He studied at the Paris Academy of Fine and Decorative Arts and taught drawing at the Academy Charpentier. After spending 10 years as a horse breeder he decided to open a studio in 1987, focusing on interior architecture and furniture design. His first project to win acclaim was the refurbishment of the Hotel Montalembert in Paris in 1988. Through good use of space and light, basing his design on local cultures an traditions, choice of materials and a special love of arts and crafts. According to the words of the designer, comfort does not lie in trivial affluence but in delicacy and rareness. Only this designer is able to combine certain modesty with great elegance.
According to Didier Gomez, he practices an art dedicated to well-being. Through his agency DGID, the designer has completed some of the most iconic projects all over the world, including the Café Roset in Moscow, La Coupole restaurant in the Printemps store in Paris, the Asia Lounge restaurant in Almaty and the Méridien Montparnasse in Paris, and Joël Robuchon’s Yoshi restaurant in Monaco. Didier Gomez began his career as an opera singer before office out into the world of interior and product design in 1985 with his association and with the architect JJ Ory. His expertise is highly acclaimed. Winner of numerous design awards, he has designed boutiques, large stores, restaurants, apartments, houses and head offices all over the world.
Paris-based interior designer François Catroux’s client list is definitely one of the best in the business. And his successful career granted him fame and recognition. François Catroux is an innovator and explorer in interior design, who has always been a master of contemporary style. His trademark for contemporary design is mostly the result of being confronted with old interior designs. For his designs, Catroux also uses nothing but the best materials. Marbles, fine woods, and opulent upholstery are part of his definition of luxury. From his experiences during his several trips around the world, the designer uses inspiration. His passion for art is also an input.
François Champsaur was born in Marseille but has been based in Paris since the late ’80s. His Mediterranean roots have influenced his work. Diploma in Fine Arts in Marseille and Arts Decorative in Paris (ENSAD), François Champsaur created his interior design office and furniture design in 1996. Since then, he accumulates prestigious achievements in the restoration area (Café de l’Alma, in Paris …), the hotels (Hôtel Montalembert, in Paris …) and fashion (Nina Ricci). Between design and decoration, his work seduces by its ability to thrill while passing the image of an optimistic world. With both vision and discretion, François Champsaur steps back, allowing the space to become a living creature.
Gérard Faivre, recognized as one of the best contemporary interior designers, created the concept Gerard Faivre Residence, apartments, and luxury properties completely renovated, furnished and decorated with fully integrated hotel services. To create an original work of art, Faivre imbues himself with the soul of each property. For him, each site is both a blank canvas and a source of inspiration.
Gilles and Boissier are a team of interior designers and architects based in Parisand working together since 2004. Over the years they’ve had projects in some of the world’s top capitals and cities. From restaurants to hotels, commercial spaces and homes, the pair is responsible for a variety of Hakkasan restaurants, La Villa and Mini Palais in Paris, Chachamoon in London, Buddakan New York, some of the top Moncler stores around the globe, the Baccarat Hotel in New York and as far as residences go, recently they designed the second home in Paris. The project that they’ve entitled L’Ature Apartment Paris (The Other Paris Apartment) was recently featured in the Italian Elle Décor, which showcased also some of their own furniture and lighting.
India Mahdavi was born in Téhéran from an Egyptian mother and an Iranian father. She spent her childhood in the USA, France, and Germany. After being graduated from the Cooper Union and the School of Visual Arts of New York, she built her professional experience at Christian Liaigre agency. Between 1990 and 1997, she was named art director of the famous French house and finally, she decided to create her own agency in 1999.
Born in 1947, Jacques Garcia showed a talent for drawing objects of art at a young age. At the age of eight, he built and furnished his first structure at his grandparent’s home. When he finished his education, he began working for a firm of contemporary architects and created the concepts for the interiors of the Tour Montparnasse in Paris, Le Méridien hotels, and the Royal Monceau à Paris. In 2006, he redecorated the Hôtel Odéon Saint Germain in Paris., and he purchased and restored the Château du Champ-de-Bataille in Normandy and undertook to recreate and update the large French formal garden. He also became an avid collector of furniture and royal art objects dispersed after the French Revolution. For his achievements, he was named commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, and a Chevalier in the order of the Légion d’honneur.
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