Isabelle Stanislas, a Material Girl

Isabelle Stanislas, a Material Girl

We have an appointment in an exceptional place this morning. Facing the Tuileries Gardens, and so high up that one no longer hears the deafening racket of Rue Rivoli, the apartment of interior architect Isabelle Stanislas is like a life-saving breath of fresh air. A place that seems to be at one with the sky, which is beautifully clear on this November day. The chill of winter is already forgotten. A distant memory. This is often the effect that Isabelle Stanislas (who runs the So-An agency with Leiko Oshima) has on people. A genuine smile, a few questions. Often directed at us. You’ll understand through the following interview that Isabelle Stanislas doesn’t like being talked about too much. Curiosity and open-mindedness are what characterises her. Very early on, during her studies, the designer with the androgynous style was taking part in a creative collective in eastern Paris Together, they questioned, experimented and developed exhibitions just as much as video games. A range of possibilities that made her disrupt the rules, before it became the thing to do, by introducing construction materials into interior design. Steel, marble, quilted leather: blended with an approach to space that focuses on light and the way it caresses a room, these components design the space and form patterns within it. It is through contrasts that Isabelle Stanislas expresses herself. She, and her pronounced taste for fashion and for encounters, that, wherever she goes seem to continually carry her to new collaborations. The last one: l’Élysée.

Salon Isabelle Stanislas Fondatrice So-An
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Applies So-light by the agency So-An.

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Silk and wool carpet by So An agency.

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Tell us about yourself please, Isabelle.

Isabelle

I’m a mum to two children, Ascher who’s 18 and Gabrielle 17, and I’m a passionate architect.

How would you define your profession?

Isabelle

It’s a study of the senses.

Who are you inspired by at the moment?

Isabelle

Artists in general and the people I meet.

Who do you have in your head?

Isabelle

Yves Saint-Laurent.

What projects do you find most fun, and which fascinate you the most?

Isabelle

Looking at it all together: the ones where I get to meet people, where I can share, and those where cultures and styles blend.

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Cuisine Isabelle Stanislas Fondatrice So-An
Selency Alain Richard Chair 190,00€
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Alain Richard Chair.

Color : brown.
Dimensions : 77cm x 50cm x 48cm.

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Isabelle Stanislas, a Material Girl
Isabelle Stanislas, a Material Girl
Isabelle Stanislas, a Material Girl

Which materials would you say most reflect your personality?

Isabelle

The combination of several materials, like marble and cashmere, carpet and wood, metal and concrete.

Is there a period of time that you’re particularly fond of?

Isabelle

The 17th century and today.

How do you design spaces?

Isabelle

I design them according to the way we move through them and the way we allow ourselves to be caressed by the light.

What do you feel is missing from your own home?

Isabelle

Nothing, but I do sometimes dream of Pierre Jeanneret’s Kangaroo chair!

Isabelle Stanislas, a Material Girl
Cuisine noire Stanislas Fondatrice So-An
Cuisine noire Stanislas Fondatrice So-An
Cuisine inox Stanislas Fondatrice So-An
Portrait Isabelle Stanislas Salon Fondatrice So-An
Isabelle Stanislas, a Material Girl

Which room do you spend most time in?

Isabelle

My bathroom! If we want to care for and share with others, we must first take care of ourselves.

What’s your favourite colour at the moment?

Isabelle

Bronze green or natural leather.

Where do you go if you’re looking for a piece, or furniture for your home or for one of your clients?

Isabelle

I don’t have any allegiances, so I look everywhere: galleries, flea markets or in Italy, a country that I’m particularly fond of.

A designer whose work you admire?

Isabelle

Well, three really! Elsa Schiaparelli, Charlotte Perriand and Gabrielle Chanel.

Which restaurant would you recommend in Paris?

Isabelle

Le Tanat in the 11th arrondissement and Guy Savoy at the Hôtel de la Monnaie de Paris.

Lampe Bouroullec Isabelle Stanislas Fondatrice So-An
Livre bleu Architecture Isabelle Stanislas Fondatrice So-An
Pot marbre noir Cuisine Isabelle Stanislas Fondatrice So-An
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So An So’l carpet by So An On demand
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Silk and wool carpet by So An agency.

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