Remember the Outstanding Rooms from the AD France’s Intérieurs Show
Remember the Outstanding Rooms from the AD France’s Intérieurs Show ⇒ A few months back, Architectural Digest France presented its ninth annual show where fifteen firms were asked to conceive outstanding rooms for the 15th-century hospitality venue, Hôtel de la Bûcherie, located around the corner from Notre-Dame Cathedral. This year, the AD Intérieurs Show had a “rough and precious” theme and now, Paris Design Agendaremembers the fifteen exceptional interior design projects curated by some of the world’s best interior designers, so take a look.
“This is a lab to evolve new forms and techniques in the interior designers’ styles. There are a lot of young, ascendant designers whom we trust and whom we’d like we like to give visibility among the seasoned names from previous sessions.” – AD France’s editor in Chief, Marie Kalt.
“My brother and I wanted our room to align with our desires,” says Daniel Bismut, one half of the design duo. “The white plaster and blue-glass walls take you to the Mediterranean; the furniture shapes, to laziness.”
Known for mixing references, Casiraghi devised a jade nook which functions as “an ode to daydreaming,” with a neoclassical frescoed ceiling above, a floral Chinese rug below, and recessed shelves stocked with rangy titles and objets d’art.
The designers brought their collection of kaijū—France’s largest—to their tearoom concept. The Japanese characters, Lancman explains, are “Pokémon’s great-grandparents,” and they “represent the result of man’s wrongdoings. This is a safe place for celebrating and sharing taste and preference with loved ones, and a private space where a collector can get in touch with the monster as well as with the child within.” The room features a stainless steel and aluminum table suspended with rods, reminiscent of wind bells and edited by Poro Poro; original wallpaper offered in gold or black and edited by La Maison Pierre Frey; and a blown-glass mirror with pale pink eyes and lime green scales, edited by Lasvit.
“This is the fantasy of a night bar in a chic apartment,” says Émil Humbert. “It’s an after-party room, where the men and women retreat to dial down. You drink, you tell stories.” The Art Deco-inspired space nods to Adolf Loos’s American Bar, in Vienna.
The designers want you to ask, “Is it an inner courtyard, an office, or a reception room?” Featuring archways, a slatted ceiling and a classic typewriter, the team dreamed up the metaphysical space as a homage to the lifestyle of the Italian novelist-journalist-poet Gabriele d’Annunzio, who was also a soldier, a prince, and a duke.
Lehanneur chose pieces that reference masonic and occult symbols: The fireplace is triangle-shaped; the coffee table recalls a black hole, but made of wood; the fixture on the wall is a knot. The space is thoughtfully finished with a “heavenly blue” mirror and rug—not to mention a live tree.
The locally trained designer (he studied at Paris’s Ecole des Beaux-Arts) deconstructed antiquity, using bas-reliefs from the Pantheon and Grecian-influenced furnishings—including a cabinet with optic marquetry—for a modern turn.
“Fords of wallpaper” (“a lustful nocturnal forest”), 1940s-style doors in piano black, imagery of U.S. Navy SEALS by the photographer Vanessa Beecroft, and hand-painted and -embroidered silk curtains offer a tomcat a home base, says the Porto-based design duo Jacques Bec and Artur Miranda.
The homegrown designer spun a gilt, voluptuous chamber in the likes of meringue and clouds. The bed is overstuffed satin, and the fireplace appears to be “smoke-like volutes” to an overall effect that recalls Hollywood once upon a time, in the roaring 20s.
“Nowadays, the boundaries in terms of space are gone. I like the idea of a place where you feel cozy enough for you to have time to work, think, relax, and meet and exchange with people,” discloses Parmentier. He played with the tropes of French-favored symmetry in a balancing act that sees a doubled travertine tabletop offset by a daybed upholstered in khaki suede.
“This is not a place of accumulation, but of selection: favorite books, favorite artworks, sentimental objects,” says Schmitt of his monastic room, tuned for meditation. This space also features arches, padirac lighting and stained glassed windows.
Schuybroek used mouse-gray travertine, bleached oak, and darkened bronze and composed with an eye to classical precision and proportions. A calm restraint comes through in those materials, but also in the perfectly niched bathtub and in how the washbasins flank a central bench.