Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born in the United States, and raised between the US, France and Morocco. I studied interior architecture at L’Ecole Blueu here in Paris. I started my career at Garouste & Bonetti, a Paris-based design duo celebrated for inventing a new romanticism, and Kristian Gavoille. At Christian Liaigre, I’ve been working as interior designer on English-speaking projects throughout the world. I’ve been lucky to contribute to many amazing projects there: The Mercer Hotel, Rupert Murdoch’s private residence, Jean-Georges restaurants such as Dune and Market, retail spaces for Marc Jacobs and Nars cosmetics.
In 2012, I decided to set up my own design studio, working for a broad range of commercial and private clients, such as Lacoste, Sephora, Fusalp (ski and sportswear), luxury hotel interiors for The Pullman Group and The Ivy Hotel, and Tecnomar, a renowned Italian yacht company.
What does a random day at the office look like?
That day would likely be filled with studying new trends for specific clients, arranging for mood and sample boards, brainstorming with my team, and prospecting for new and exciting bids.
What’s your fascination with wood?
I’ve always been drawn to the warm ambiance a fine-grained wood can bring to a space. Typically, the quality of wood we use, in combination with the level of execution, will totally transform a space into a cozy home or office space in no time.
Do you understand where magic quality of luxury wood interiors stems from?
Designer Christian Liaigre taught me that wood can transport an individual to another dimension, whether that’s cultural or artistic, and set the mood for any given space. Variations are countless, which indirectly allows for infinite personalization: an exotic wengé (a dark coloured timber, native of a tree stemming to mainly Central Africa) might exude an African hue when juxtaposed the fine bronze and marble details, whereas a rustic antique white washed oak can manifest a more countryside feel.