Maison Objet 2017: Conference Revisiting History and Interior Design – The Architect Maxime d’Angeac is building an 18th-century-inspired château and Cédric Saint André Perrin is Editor for AD Studio, they both get inspired by 18th-century designs wich they transform with a contemporary approach. The conference was moderated by Dorane Vignando, head of the Trends, Travel, and Design&Architecture pages of l’OBS.
Maxime d’Angeac also believes that, when it comes to 18th century inspired projects, there are two important and distinguish things to consider: “the cost and the value” of each project and also the way how the pieces find their place, even in terms of dimensions, and fit with other new products. He also highlighted that it’s very important to maintain the structure of a project but we can’t ignore that the lifestyle of a person that lives in Paris today is really different from the time when the buildings were constructed. For example, it makes no sense to have a small kitchen now. Lifestyle defines the spaces, and old furniture makes people feel familiar with places, but now with a modern twist. Maxime remembered that Jacques Garcia in his projects has the modernity of an iPad, even if the projects looks like Napoleon III.
The Architect also designed and constructed a pool house. The client wanted a personal place with a classical façade with columns. For that, Maxime worked with artisans used to work in old houses to make them new and they were also using modern techniques like laser, the perfect mix of heritage and modernity.
The heritage is being revisited through the work of designers, especially in Paris, where history is all around. Cedric Saint believes that “retro is coming back into vogue”, after a revival for Scandinavian design, French, and Brazilian design, in different periods.
Cédric believes that luxury brands are interested in the heritage, they often sponsor projects and the retail outlets are often in neo-classic buildings. The “regained interest for renaissance by new designers, it’s a new momentum for this (…) manufacturers have to compete with Asia, so if furniture is handmade by artisans, it is easier to sell”, says the Designer.
The thing is that designers need to sell hours and know-how to clients, and artisans weren’t on the spotlight. But now they help designers in their work and designers present new techniques to artisans . “It’s our duty to promote these artisans, otherwise this knowledge will be lost” (…) work, time and know-how of these artisans is very important”, remembers the designer.
The conference ended with a reflection on the historical character of construction in France. The city is also a museum and both professionals agree that the heritage question is typical from France. Even for a small change, an authorization is needed. Eiffel Tower and Louvre Pyramids caused discussion when they were built.
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