France has long been known for its fine cuisine, fashion, and design. The country, especially because of the influence of Paris as a design center, is also defined as the heart of the modern interior design. For these reasons, it’s no surprise that when it comes to French interior designers, you can find some of the most influential personalities the industry has ever known.
The following names represent a fellowship of standard-bearers whose work is imaginative, intelligent, and inspiring. All of them you probably know. Anyway, BRABBU invites you to meet the talented, famous interior designers who are leading the field with their innovative work.
Sarah Lavoine uses similar principles when it comes to interior design as the way she does while dressing herself. In her design projects, Sarah Lavoine never avoids the ordinary and works the total look. The designer does her best and knows how to mix and combine different items. According to her, there is nothing worse than when an entire room – or worse, an entire house – is designed with one theme all over.
Well-traveled, Chahan Minassian has a personal style which combines high-end French-style decoration, American glamour and comfort and a sense of Eastern refinement. Against a restrained color palette of ivory, beige, taupe and bronze, with an occasional splash of blue or aubergine, he injects his passion for sophisticated and precious materials such as galuchat, lacquer, and tortoiseshell. He created his firm, Chahan Interior Design, in 1993 in Paris and since then he designs commercial spaces for luxury brands and personalized atmospheres for private residences around the world.
Paris-based interior designer François Catroux’s has a long, successful career which granted him fame and recognition. He has been the decorator of choice for aristocrats, moguls, royals, and oligarchs alike since 1968, when he opened his Paris office. His VIP clients list includes Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, Irina Abramovich, Prince and Princess Pavlos of Greece.
Didier Gomez is known in the industry for his creations for Yves Saint Laurent and De Beers, among others, and is doing beautiful interiors for more than 30 years now. 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.
Franz Potisek is passionate for interiors since an early age. With an eclectic taste, the interior designer developed an affection to objects from the most various years. And, as a true french man, he manages the Parisian style with mastery. Potisek is a classic, not limited to a period of ancient or modern history. Franz Potisek creates timeless interiors. And he always has the thought in mind that a house is meant to be a home – the place to live in.
India Mahdavi was raised by a Persian father and Egyptian-English mother. As a result, her upbringing and culturally diverse lifestyle are reflected in her inspired, eclectic designs, which range from homes, hotels, and commercial spaces to airplane interiors and furniture. Her design is characterized by a combination of humor, elegance, and sensuality.
Jean-Louis Deniot has lived and breathed interior design from an early age. His natural aptitude for working with textures and patterns was perfected during his education in Paris and, after graduating in 2000, the visionary set up his interior design firm that year. Deniot tailors each of his projects to his client’s needs, using his travels for inspiration. His flair for nodding to past time periods and refined color palettes is the reason he’s been booked for an endless list of impressive projects. From designing out-of-this-world residential properties, Deniot has done it all.
Jean-Philippe Nuel has given his name to a succession of original projects. The first Baccarat hotel in Dubai, the Taj Hotel in India, Le Grand Balcon and the conversion of the Palais de Justice in Nantes are some of the most remarkable ones. In fact, there aren’t too many hotel designers who are able to create spaces like Jean-Philippe Nuel’s. His work goes beyond being just hip or trendy — he creates a kind of dreamscape in bedrooms using light, wall murals, and ethereal fabrics.
Alberto Pinto was not only a remarkable interior designer but also a traveler. Having finished the “Ecole du Louvre” in Paris, he founded a photography agency in New York specializing in interior design and decoration. His projects embrace a great variety of interiors from apartments and private homes, through residences, including bedroom interior design, ranches, palaces, offices, and hotels to yachts, jets, and castles.
Pierre Yves-Rochon and his team of talented designers are best known for exceptional hotels and restaurants interiors. Each unique space is composed of elements drawn from each property’s location, culture and history, supported by classic French style. Traditional and modern materials, textures and furniture combine to create new interiors that are elegant, engaging and soothing. Founded in 1979, PYR is world-renowned for its award-winning interior environments for hotels, private residences, and restaurants.
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