Zoé de Las Cases and Benjamin Dewé, <br>Olya 7, Sacha 5 years od, <br>Napoléon
Famille - Paris

A Bright Loft with Old-style Decoration, Perched above the Rooftops of Paris.

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Zoé de Las Cases and Benjamin Dewé,
Olya 7, Sacha 5 years od,
Napoléon

As we write this, Zoé de Las Cases is putting the finishing touches to her two latest travel diaries. Two works due to be published next Spring, containing her latest finds from Paris and from London. Not a first for this Parisian lady, a designer with boundless imagination and curiosity. Erstwhile an illustrator for major names, then a product designer, and in recent times an interior decorator; we have gradually become familiar with her universe. Delicate designs, an explosion of colours… All punctuated by imagination bearing the stamp of nostalgia, set off by a background of white. A soothing constancy that enables her to enjoy playing with all the different colours of a palette that seems immensely rich. As on a blank canvas! A perfect example is the newly acquired apartment of Zoé and her husband, Benjamin Dewé (her partner from the earliest days of her entrepreneurial adventure). Perched on the top floor of the famous Passage des Panoramas, this family home overlooks the slate-grey rooftops of Paris. Discovered over a year ago after many hours spent searching through real estate small ads, the space has been completely remodelled by the couple. From floor to ceiling. A massive job that took months and months of work, but which now is a pleasure to see and to inhabit, inside and out. On a different scale, a little like their beautiful second home in Verneuil-sur-Avre, in Normandy. The ultimate getaway for Zoé, an inveterate bargain-hunter who makes it a point of honour to take the whole happy family there every weekend. The epitomy of style in a unique setting, “the perfect balance between the rush of Parisian life and the peace of the countryside”.

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Bureau Appartement Paris Zoé de Las Cases et Benjamin Dewé

Zoé, who are you?

Zoé

I am the eldest in a large family of brothers (also creative). I love my family, and that’s where I find my strength and balance. I’m dyslexic, and colours and creating things have always been my greatest joy. I’m a great believer in the power of objects, flowers and colours to calm our daily lives. For me, art is an everyday therapy.

What’s the story behind this apartment? It’s located in one of the most historic thoroughfares in Paris.

Zoé

After we sold our loft, I was looking for a larger apartment. But the prices seemed so crazy to me… I had even found an old printing works in the south, and I was ready to change my life completely! In the end, I didn’t want to separate my children from my family (they’re all here). And then there was work to consider… So I decided to stay put! And look for a smaller one, but one that could offer me something a bit special anyway… and this property had a terrace! It was in a lovely spot (I’ll let you into a little secret: I spend my life looking at estate agency ads all over France, I love it). When we visited it with Benjamin, I immediately told him that it would be too small. He said that it was, yes, but it was also central, with a terrace and needed a lot of work, which we like. (Laughs) And then that for the 20 m2 we were missing, we could try and buy a house in the countryside! That same evening, that’s what happened. I found our house in Normandy. I don’t much believe in chance, but now I’m convinced it was written in the stars!

What have you changed since you came here almost two years ago?

Zoé

Absolutely everything! We demolished everything from floor to ceiling. It took six months of work. We created openings where none existed, and added a fireplace. The priority was to enlarge the children’s room by raising the roof (we crossed our fingers that the town hall would allow it!), then to create a third window in the living room by removing the old beam in the middle of it.

Salon Détails Décoration Appartement Paris Zoé de Las Cases et Benjamin Dewé
Zoé de Las Cases and Benjamin Dewé, <br>Olya 7, Sacha 5 years od, <br>Napoléon
Salon blanc Appartement Paris Zoé de Las Cases et Benjamin Dewé
Salle à manger Appartement Paris Zoé de Las Cases et Benjamin Dewé
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Found objects, patina, pastel colours, an abundance of plants and this ultra-bright white… your interior wouldn’t be an extension of your country house in Normandy, would it?

Zoé

Yes, of course it is! Because that has to be my style. But I did the work at the same time in both places (we were four days in Paris and three days in Normandy to follow their progress). On the other hand, I allowed myself a little more luxury in my apartment in Paris (tap, bathtub, sink), because I didn’t have much money left for the country renovation ! (Laughs) So it was lots of flea market finds.

Do you go there often? Why did you create this balance between turmoil and calm?

Zoé

I’ve had the opportunity to do it ever since I was little. My parents have a house fifteen minutes from ours (which was my grandparents’ house originally). Since I have had mine, I have had to spend two weekends in Paris in the past two years. We are so happy in the fresh air, and above all, we have space! I think that nowadays I’ve found a perfect balance between Parisian speed and the calm of the countryside. The art and culture of the city inspire and stimulate me, nature calms me down and above all: I can breathe!

Drawing, interior design, product design, art direction: is there a particular area you like? Another one that you would like to learn about?

Zoé

I love them all! They are also extremely complementary. I believe that this is the true definition of the profession of artistic director. I would love to get into children’s books. I’m going to try and find some time this year for this new project; it is quite close to my heart.

Zoé de Las Cases and Benjamin Dewé, <br>Olya 7, Sacha 5 years od, <br>Napoléon
Portrait Zoé de Las Cases Appartement Famille Salon
Salon Appartement Paris Zoé de Las Cases et Benjamin Dewé

My universe is full of poetry and nostalgia. I love stories, white, colour and nature.

Cuisine Appartement Paris Zoé de Las Cases et Benjamin Dewé
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What inspires and nourishes you on a daily basis?

Zoé

Nature, very much; the Aubrac, where I spend my holidays with my family; books; the city; my children; and flea markets!

Where do you like to go treasure hunting?

Zoé

I love the garage sale season, which starts in the spring and ends in September! Personally, hunting, especially in the summer (we are a family of treasure hunters, going to five garage sales in a week doesn’t scare us). And then, I visit the pretty flea markets in Normandy.

Apart from white, what is the colour you like to work with most?

Zoé

All the colours, really! As for white, I use it as much in my graphic research as I do in decoration. It seems to me that it is precisely my relationship with white that helps me to use all the others! The problem with colour in decoration (especially on the wall) is that you get tired of it quickly. It is much easier to change one object within an interior than to change the colour of an entire area of an interior. And then, it’s true that it is very soothing. There is nothing more beautiful, in my opinion than the shadow of a tree branch on a wall… A white wall.

Zoé de Las Cases and Benjamin Dewé, <br>Olya 7, Sacha 5 years od, <br>Napoléon
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What projects are you working on currently?

Zoé

I still have a month to finish two books on my favourite places in Paris and London. Both will be appearing at Hachette in the spring. I won’t say any more, but I’m very enthusiastic and proud of this project which is entirely achieved through drawing! At the same time, we’re continuing the decoration work, and I’m starting work in the building adjoining our house in the country, which should become a studio dedicated to design. Finally, we are launching a new decoration brand in the spring. For me, these projects are essential drivers, and I can’t imagine life being any other way!

Do you have any art or illustration books, or other beautiful works that you absolutely recommend for us?

Zoé

In decoration, I would say the charming book by Marin Montagut and Inès de la Fressange, Sous les Toits de Paris, published by Flammarion. In the kitchen, Héloïse Brion’s Chez Miss Maggie’s Kitchen, again at Flammarion’s. And finally, Christl Exelmans’ Cueillette sauvage, distributed by Mango.

In Paris, which are the small shops (antique dealers, bookshops or other) that you particularly like?

Zoé

I have lots; altogether too many! (Laughs) And every day I discover new ones, which doesn’t make my work any easier at all… If you want them all, you’ll have to wait until spring (and the publication of my book).

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