We can’t stand choosing precise words to describe our personalities, and for this one, we just couldn’t do it. Alexandra Senes is a...
Marie, who are you?
I am 34 years old, I am the mother of two wonderful little boys, and I am an interior designer.
What is the background that led you to create Maison Marie Uzeel?
After I graduated from ESCP, I started my professional life in the world of the major luxury groups, attracted by working with the beautiful materials and the quality of the craftsmanship. At that point, my father suggested a new project: taking over a vineyard in the Bordeaux region together. I remember being immediately drawn to the adventure. A real change of direction! Then, suddenly, I was in my thirties. The whole adventure had brought my true aspirations back to the surface. So I decided to pursue a dream that I had hitherto somewhat buried: decoration. A friend who knows me well introduced me to the decorator, Isabelle Moltzer. And we clicked! It was one of those wonderful encounters where everything seems possible. Where after a coffee, a chat, we said to ourselves, let’s go, let’s get started and begin… with a beautiful house in the 7th arrondissement! A dream for any decorator. Isabelle trained me and was my guide into this new world. Later, on the strength of this experience, Maison Marie Uzeel was born. The best part of the story (which is still going on) is that we are still working together, which I absolutely love!
This taste for interior design: where does it come from?
My father was a retailer in the decoration business. As a child, I liked to hang out in his shop among the fabrics and the tins of paint… I remember the smells, the materials… So I was sensitive very early on to colours and fabrics. Over time, it has developed into a real passion. Later on, decoration magazines and architecture books started to invade my bookshelves. It was time to face the facts!
Do you have an aesthetic signature, a style that we’ll find here, in your home?
I like strong interiors, contrasting colours and the play between materials. I’m also crazy about wallpaper, and I like to combine different styles. My greatest pleasure is hunting for treasures at the Saint-Ouen flea markets. I love furniture that’s lived, that has a history. I don’t like the total look!
Which design period do you derive the most from?
Is there a creation, a work of art that has left an indelible impression on you?
My father is very close friends with one of the last French pastellists, Pierre Skira. He had several of his works at home. I remember I loved them. I could look at them for hours. They were compositions about books, then about musical instruments. Pierre Skira’s work captures the magic, strength and delicacy of these “objects” with a rare emotion and sensitivity. I remember loving the atmosphere in his studio, the still virgin canvases, the multitudes of pastels, the light flooding in from above… I love his work, and I was deeply moved when my father gave me one for our first apartment. I have a particular affection for this painting, and I think that this artist has definitely influenced my taste for dark colours.
Which piece could you and your family never do without?
The De Sede sofa: we love to snuggle up on it with the boys! It’s the best place for cuddles, tickles and their acrobatics.
Which item from The Socialite Family brand would fit best into your world?
Which is the place where you feel most at ease?
At home, in bed! I love our room which is like a little powder pink box, surrounded by the photos I particularly like and with a view of the Seine. But above all, at Cap Ferret where we dream of living one day, and where I’m starting to work on some projects.
Which are the addresses where you’re sure you’ll always leave with something?
Photography: Valerio Geraci – Text: Caroline Balvay @thesocialitefamily