Dorothy, can you introduce yourself? Can you tell us more about you?
I’m a French woman, an interior designer and a hedonist and I value respect, honesty, integrity and freedom too.
How did you get to where you are today? Did you study art and design in particular?
I graduated from Penninghen, the School of Art Direction and Interior Architecture. My father-in-law is a collector, so I’ve been able to contemplate beautiful works on a daily basis.
Can you tell us a bit about your architectural agency, Gilles & Boissier? Do you have a particular creative process?
Gilles & Boissier is a two-headed agency, with a north and a south, like Marcel Duchamp’s “Bicycle Wheel“, 1913. The creative process starts with me and Patrick Gilles having a discussion and a brainstorming session.
How did you use your experience to design the apartment in which you live, in terms of space?
I wanted an apartment with a family feel, with room for everyone.
And in terms of furniture?
Most of our furniture was designed by us, although other pieces are second-hand – items which have a memory of a past life.
What are your favourite materials and your favourite colours for this season?
What inspires you?
Artists, their research and their triumphs. And nature always inspires me too.
What’s your favourite era?
A designer who made you want to do this job?
Art in general was a real eye-opener for me. Modern art, dance, stage design. And the opera “Madame Butterfly“, produced by Bob Wilson.
Art in general was a real eye-opener for me. Modern art, dance, stage design. And the opera "Madame Butterfly".
In what room do you prefer spending time?
My bedroom, surrounded by books and inspirational notebooks.
How long have you lived in this neighbourhood?
8 years. I live here and I work here.
Do you have any places to recommend in Paris or elswhere?
Le Manach fabrics by Pierre Frey, Lauren Collin’s sculpted papers, Christian Astuguevieille’s sculptures, the Italian restaurant Farnessina and a Japanese restaurant in New York: Omen.
What plans does Gilles & Boissier have in the pipeline?
Photography: Constance Gennari – Text: Caroline Balvay – Translation: TextMaster @thesocialitefamily