For centuries, France has been placed on a pedestal on the world’s stage for its artistic savoir-faire. Whether for cuisine, fine wine or fashion, the country is famed for its ability to execute everything it puts its hand to with innate style. So it’s no surprise that when it comes to French interior design, you can find some of the most influential movers and shakers the interior design industry has ever known. Discover our round-up of the top interior design projects French designers have to offer.
After studying interior design in Paris and gaining experience in his role as European creative director for Ralph Lauren, Minassian started up on his own agency in 1993 and soon skyrocketed to an internationally renowned name. Space is a primary concern for this French interior designer who redesigns homes to assist the flow of movement. Minassian’s interior design projects can also be identified by the use of sophisticated fabrics and muted colours.
Generally speaking, the Christian Liaigre is known due to the fact that he designed private residences for such notables as Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Rupert Murdoch and Bryan Adams. Christian Liaigre has made himself known by his refined, high-quality interior design projects. 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“.
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 interior design 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. 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.
François Champsaur was born in Marseille but has been based in Paris since the late ’80s. His Mediterranean roots have influenced his work. With a diploma in Fine Arts in Marseille and Arts Decorative in Paris (ENSAD), François Champsaur created his interior design office and furniture design in 1996. Between design and decoration, his interior design projects seduce 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 creation.
Gérard Faivre, recognized as one of the best contemporary interior designers, created the interior design projects 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.
When Jacques Garcia finished his education, he began working for a firm of contemporary architects and created the concepts for the interior design projects of the Tour Montparnasse in Paris, Le Méridien hotels, and the Royal Monceau à Paris. He was also the interior architect for the Hôtel Costes and Costes restaurants, the Hotel Majestic, and the restaurant Fouquet’s. 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.
Pierre Yovanovitch is an artist. He uses the traditional know-how of the french craftsmen to create unique interior design projects and pieces made of noble materials such as marble, stone, metals or copper. Architectural Digest qualified his work of purely “Made in France” and named him on the list of the 100 best interior designers on the prestigious AD100 list in 2010.
Pierre-Yves Rochon (PYR) was founded in Paris in 1979 to create interior design solutions for luxury hospitality and residential environments. Every aspect of the guest experience is enhanced by a seamless integration of each property’s location, culture and history with its design. PYR has been entrusted with iconic historic landmarks as well as cutting-edge developments around the world as a direct result of the creative integrity, authenticity and craftsmanship they bring to every interior design project.
Designer Ramy Fischler’s firm RF Studio has recently completed the refurbishing of a duplex apartment in a listed building on Place de Colombie, in Paris’ 16th arrondissement, France. Boasting its own garden and street entrance, this exceptional Pied-à-Terre is situated in the 1930’s Art Deco residential complex known as the ‘Walter Buildings’ (named after its architect Jean Walter). Like a skilful magician, Fischler’s artful transformation combines traditional elements with forward-thinking design interventions, creating a multi-layered interior design project that reinvents the apartment’s history and original aesthetic, firmly rooting it into the present day, as a result.
This designer was recognized as one of the 100 best designers in the world, according to Andrew Martin Interior Design Review. With a background on Hong Kong, she balances the mix of cultures and the refinement “art de Vivre”. Her prestigious and luxurious interior design projects distinguish themselves by the nobility of the materials used, the prestige of customized as well as the exceptional quality and originality of the finishing touches.
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