For many years, Sonia Sieff has been living several lives. She is the daughter of iconic photographer Jeanloup Sieff and firstly belonged in the world of literature. Her current...
Alix Thomsen is a woman who is both inspired and inspiring. She is a former fashion designer with her own label who is now in search of pastures new in the world of interior design. She started with a job for friends, then a second, then a hotel. It was actually Alix who was responsible for the Hôtel du Temps in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. In her extravagant world, the art of mixing and matching takes on its true meaning by transforming every nook and cranny into a series of micro décors and scenes that have a beautiful story to tell. Styles and eras clash marvellously in every room with infinite delicacy. Her style? To swim against the tide of current trends. Alix doesn’t follow trends, she likes explosive contrasts and difference whilst maintaining the coherence of the story she’s telling. A strongly opposing view for a designer whose style will create waves.
Alix could you present yourself?
I am Alix Thomsen, Parisienne, 31 years old, Designer and Decorator, Mother to a 6 years old little girl.
What do you love most about your apartment?
The light and the fifth floor. I’ve lived in some beautiful apartments but always on the first floor so the idea of having a view with ability to see the skyline excited me a lot. I love also the simple organisation in the apartment, we have four rooms in a row which are of almost identical size. They have no obstructing light or shaded corners, I found this to be a real joy.
Where do you find your inspiration?
From the space itself, it’s usually the place that speaks to me first and it tells me what to do with it.
How would you describe your style?
My style is to associate the freedom of what should not necessarily be, finding balance within imbalance. Sometimes that’s applied sparingly, sometimes by adding contradictions. I enjoy references, I find them to be poetic, but I also like to tell untold stories.
Do you have a bargain of which you are most proud of?
In my home nothing is expensive in terms of value it’s all about the hunt for items!
Do you collect anything?
Absolutely not, it’s something I’m just not familiar with…
How did you come about your daughter’s name, Blanche?
The name was her Great-Grandmother’s and she wears it terribly well.
The piece of your dreams?
An Aubusson tapestry or a Sonia Delauney rug. But what I really wish for is to create artisanal furniture with experienced craftsmen!
An artist or designer that makes you dream?
Le Corbusier. I also appreciate when artists create their own interior identity, the houses of Jean Cocteau, Frida Khalo and Yves Saint Laurent are wonderful examples.
What is your definition of bad taste ?
To follow good taste that isn’t your own, without risk or identity.
The last restaurant you last recommended?
In Paris, Abri. It’s Japanese inspired gastronomy with a modest spirit.
Three addresses for furniture ?
Your favorite colour ?
This fluctuates depending on the mood I am in and the context of use. Currently, I am really attracted to yellow as it is a difficult colour to tame which is a challenge I like.
Your future projects?
A hotel near Gare du Nord, a restaurant between Odéon and St Michel.
Credits : Constance Gennari @thesocialitefamily