Combining Japanese beauty rituals and the art of French living, EviDenS de Beauté has been celebrating women and well-being for 10 years now. The date of their anniversary coincides perfectly with the opening of their first Paris location, a stone’s throw from the Palais de Tokyo. Just as one would discover the intimacy of an interior, the architect Emmanuelle Simon designs and creates a minimalist and refined staging, where the elegance of the architecture reveals the beauty of the material and the expertise. In an ode to craftsmanship, she embellishes her world with strong elements, applied in Japanese Raku ceramics, shelves in sandblasted wood and even a central island in Hainaut blue stone. The treatment rooms can be found at the end of a long corridor. Under the watchful eye of the triptychs by the artist Zoltan Zsako, one surrenders with pleasure to the Kagayaki No Sahos, ceremony of care created by the Maison EviDenS de Beauté.
La Maison EviDenS de Beauté, 31 rue Boissière – 75016 Paris
Emmanuelle, tell us your story.
I have always been passionate about architecture and design. After Camondo, I trained with Jean-Marie Massaud and Pierre Yovanovitch with whom I had the chance to work on some beautiful projects. A year-and-a-half ago, I decided to embark upon a new adventure and so I set up my own agency.
How was your desire to work in interior architecture and design born?
The idea of sharing and experience has always been extremely important to me. I like being able to create special moments in life and leave a trace over time.
How did you come up with the design for the Spa La Maison EviDenS de Beauté project?
Following my meeting with Charles-Édouard Barthe and Claudia Di Paolo, the spa owners, we knew we wanted to create a place that would be a legacy combining two cultures; French and Japanese. The idea was to have an architectural space that was both refined and minimal but with strong materials such as stone, solid wood and ceramics to bring authenticity. We have devised a new way of approaching care where architecture complements an immersive ritual leading to intimacy and well-being.
An anecdote about this project?
From our very first meeting with clients, the key idea of the project emerged: that of embellishing the ceilings of the treatment rooms with triptychs sculpted by the artist Zoltan Zsako.
Do you have any favourite materials and subjects?
I have always been very attracted to ceramics but when I discovered Fabienne L’Hostis’ work, I fell in love with Raku, a Japanese ceramic technique where the irregularity of the cracks makes each piece unique. For me, they evoke thoughts of a landscape seen from the sky.
We find arch shapes figure quite a lot in your world, why is that?
For me it is a soft and sensual form that makes reference to different classical architectures throughout the ages. An arch allows you to connect the wall and ceiling in a single line, in the same way as the arched corridor in the spa, which gives this feeling of continuity and unity in the material.
You also design furniture and lighting, can you tell us more?
Indeed, I developed a collection of unusual lighting and furniture in Raku following a first piece of furniture selected to be exhibited at Révélations at the Grand Palais. Some parts are combined with brass or burned wood.
If you had to say a few words about your style, what would they be?
It’s difficult to confine oneself to a single style. Indeed, each project is different and the place, the history and the customers themselves inspire me. I would say my projects are quite pure, with very graphic lines and strong and authentic materials.
Your favourite colour at the moment?
I like light and natural shades. In architecture, I find that too much colour can quickly become almost contrived in the context of the space itself. Conversely, in decoration, colour can allow space to fully reveal itself.
Do you have a particular period, artist or artistic movement that inspires you?
I am particularly sensitive to the Wabi-Sabi trend. I like to bring a more unpredictable aspect into a very controlled architecture by showing the random touch that is brought by the hand of man.
What are your future projects?
Photography & Text: Eve Campestrini – Translation: TextMaster @thesocialitefamily