Featured in the 2016 AD 100 list, François Catroux burst onto the Paris scene in the middle of the 1960s, when he settled here after ten years of constant traveling. Currently, the Paris-based interior designer’s client list is not the longest, but it is one of the best in the business of interior architecture. His clientele includes such international titans of industry and fashion as Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg; Leslie and Abigail Wexner; and Robert and Chantal Miller.
François Catroux constantly reinvents his interiors and that is why so many people go to his projects for interior design inspiration. His trademark for modern interior design is mostly the result of being confronted with old, crumbling interiors. But when there are antiques and fine objects, Catroux designs around them with great care. Want to see for yourself? Here are some of François Catroux’s best projects.
A London townhouse decorated by François Catroux is packed with provocative art that slyly reflects the tumult of the modern world.
The strong color scheme, in tones of black and white, makes this living room an amazing modern design.
François Catroux says “It is something you can not succeed in copying because it is a mixture of the very best and the very best. Not just objets, but art.” This glamorous, bold dining space is evidence of that. Is this what you think of when imagining a beautiful french interior design?
The master suite, which is distinguished by a leather-paneled niche, features a François Catroux–designed desk and a lounge chair and upholstered ottoman.
A light color scheme in this contemporary living room. Simple, yet stunning. This is really what defines François Catroux’s work.
Catroux’s streamlined taste no doubt accounts for his numerous projects.
The kitchen combines a mix of wooden cabinetry and stainless-steel surfaces and accents.
Few practitioners in the field of interior design have dignified the profession with as much grace and artistry as Francois Catroux. In the words of his client von Furstenberg “François understands how to live luxuriously in the most comfortable way”. Isn’t that what everyone wishes for?
However, and surprisingly given the length and success of his career, a monograph on the designer has never been published. “I resisted doing one. I wasn’t interested.” But next year Rizzoli will finally bring one out, so it’s the perfect opportunity for getting more and more interior design inspiration from this amazing professional who so deservedly features this year’s AD 100 list.
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