Paris is famous not only for being the fashion capital of the world but also because it is the birthplace of modern interior design. Paris has been placed on a pedestal on the world’s stage for its artistic savoir-faire – for fine cuisine, exclusive wine, and outstanding fashion, the French capital is famed for its expertise to perform everything it puts its hand on with natural style. CovetED brings you out top 10 best interior designers based in Paris, to inspire you with these Parisian vibes. Enjoy!
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. Always refusing to conceive narrow and closed spaces, he naturally oriented himself towards “big projects”. Used to taking on challenges which would scare others away, he particularly appreciated being given gigantic spaces in which he would put together different styles and, always in perfect harmony. After he died, his Studio carried on. Today the Alberto Pinto Studio is considered one of the Top Design Studios in France and, by maintaining this status, it has honoured 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 Paris to 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 Liaigre was 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. Generally speaking, the designer 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 work. 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.
India Mahdavi was born in Téhéran from an Egyptian mother and an Iranian father. She spent her childhood between 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.
Jean Nouvel is regarded as one of the world’s most innovative architects. The French architect has built museums, concert halls, conference centres, theatres, hotels, collective housing, office buildings, commercial centres, and private residences all around the world. His company, Atelier Jean Nouvel, is one of the largest architecture practices in France, with over 30 active projects all over the world. Jean Nouvel’s international recognition favoured him a number of projects, currently understudies or in the construction phase. Projects by Jean Nouvel transform the landscapes in which they are built, often becoming major urban landmarks.
Featured on the ELLE Decor and AD 100 lists of the best interior designers in the world, Jean-Louis Deniot has long been in the business of creating atmospheres. His décors are his playground, spaces where spontaneity and magic are present. Recognized worldwide for his eclectic and emblematic interiors, Jean-Louis Deniot plays in a multiplicity of repertoires, never sticking to the purity of style. If he does contemporary, it is always with a weighty dose of history and references infused into it to produce a timeless yet timely scenario. Jean-Louis Deniot has lived and breath interior design from an early age. 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 colour palettes is the reason he has been booked for an endless list of impressive projects.
Philippe Starck studied at Nissim de Camondo, a private school of Artdéco located next to Montparnasse in Paris. At only 20 years of age, in 1969, he becomes the Art director of Pierre Cardin, and designed furniture for him. In 1976, he designs the bar “La main Bleue” at Montreuil and “Les bains douches” in 1978 at Paris. In 1979, he launched his agency Ubik and would become famous and recognized thanks to the French president François Mitterand that asked him to re-invent the private flat of the presidential palace, the Elysée. From that on, the artist would never stop between building design or designing simple daily objects.
Pierre Yovanovitch is an artist. He is using the traditional know-how of the French craftsmen to create unique interiors and pieces made of noble materials such as marble, stone, metals or copper. The 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 Yovanovitch was born in 1965 in Nice on the French Riviera. He didn’t start his career in design but in fashion and worked for the studios of Pierre Cardin between 1990 and 2000 both in Brussels and Paris. His own agency opened in 2001 under the name of “Pierre Yovanovitch, Interior designer” and worked in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Great Britain, Israel and USA. In 2016, the agency moves into a private Hotel in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris and opened an office in the Madison Avenue in New York in 2018.
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 the 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 project. Their design achievements deliver award-winning results for major international hospitality brands such as Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Waldorf Astoria, Fairmont, St. Regis, Peninsula, Shangri-La, Sofitel, InterContinental, and numerous boutique hotels. In addition, PYR has created restaurant environments for some of the world’s most innovative chefs, such as Joël Robuchon, Alain Ducasse, Paul Bocuse, Gérard Boyer, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
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 that reinvents the apartment’s history and original aesthetic, firmly rooting it into the present day, as a result.
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