Returning to his first love. To those passions that animate the body and mind instinctively and effortlessly after being diverted from them, carried away by everyday life. A decisive break in a career path – often professional – which inspires The Socialite Family and is embodied by Fabien Louvier, an accountant turned architect. After several internships – including a revelatory one with fellow Lyon-based Claude Cartier – and her entry into the agency, the self-taught designer threw himself wholeheartedly into a brand-new project that tested the skills of his new profession. The purchase of a lifetime: a duplex with a view of Fourvière. A “box” that he has plenty of time to rethink, making full use of his sensitivity as a decorator, located just a few minutes from the Presqu’Ile. A totally “blank canvas” into which a “new soul” must be breathed. Even before it was out of the ground, Fabien used his ability to imagine himself there to embody this unusual interior. The starting point was genuine “love at first sight for one of Apparatus Studio’s latest designs during the launch of their “Interlude” collection. He imaginatively rethought these spaces over two consecutive years using a score of materials with contrasting textures. Spaces that borrow their colours and atmosphere from various pioneers in the field: Piero Fornasetti, Christian Astuguevieille. And from artists like Jean Cocteau and Pierre Soulages. Possessing his soul in patience, this Lyon resident has gone the extra mile in his meticulous approach to the details of the various spaces that borders upon the religious: like the choice of patinated brass door handles by Turnstyle Designs. So many elements that interlock, one by one, to solve this “puzzle”. A place that truly reflects him, a melting pot for his vision of beauty and his identity as an architect.
Photography : Jeanne Perrotte – Texte : Juliette Bruneau @thesocialitefamily
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