Jean-Louis Denoit’s Imaginary Journey
- 21 Aug '13
- 4:00 am by Crew
This fantastic inspirational space I found through a lovely design blog, The Style Saloniste. First time I read the article I kept staring at it, wondering if I absolutely loved or hated it. I loved it! it was actually seamless in a chaotic sense. As much as we all love minimalistic and simplistic design, there is certain charm in print, patterns and being OTT. Designed by a young French designer, Jean-Louis Deniot for the AD Interiors / Artcurial in Paris. The theme this time around being, ‘Imaginary Journeys.’
Jean-Louis Denoit says the concept was to show opulence but without the ornate but in with the contemporary. He chose one pattern which is graphic yet not definite, and has applied this in every function. The materials have been chosen from all over the world, Jean-Louis Denoit loves travelling and wanted to showcase a range of craftsmanship.
He commissioned Jean-François Lesage, who is based here in India, to manufacture a large screen to be embroidered with leather laces, bone pearls, raffia, parchment appliqués and bronze thread.
As for the carpet, a fragment of the base motif was blown up to fit the scale and define the furniture layout. It was manufactured in China, using various different weaving techniques.
The fabric, bearing the motif that serves as the base element in the design, is composed of wild silk and manufactured in Thailand.
The pattern featured on the carpeting defined the sofa, coffee table design and geometry. The sofas were manufactured by Jean de Merry in Los Angeles, and are covered in six different Italian linens to create shadows and accentuate movement.
All the materials are very modern yet have a lasting impact. His attention to the details have created juxtapositions, shadow, light and a connection between each element. Burst of drama and life bring out every aspect.
What really adds the pizzaz and in my opinion are the show stoppers are, the customised sofas and the chandelier. I cant imagine this place without both, it would either die or look ordinary. It adds volumes to the multidimensional effect.
He likes to call this new style ‘Contemporary Maximalism’
Though I would like to add a statutory warning for the copy cats out there, ‘Don’t try this on your own!’
Photographs via The Style Saloniste, Photograph Credit – Xavier Béjot