Béatrice Laval is an amazing woman. She is head of the delicious interior design company, Le Monde Sauvage, and has just moved into a place that she herself has designed throughout. It is an ode to colour with no half measures. A real challenge in each of the rooms of this apartment arranged in a star shape. She has managed to bring together vintage furniture from every period and pieces by great designers, such as the Bouroullec brothers, all with great panache. The result is a family apartment with strong inspiration, where everybody has their own place in this little world. Uncovered!
Béatrice, what was it that first attracted you to this apartment?
The light, the view of the sky and my husband’s smile when we viewed it.
Did you do the decorating?
We had to redo everything, it was a big job. It was great to be able to design the apartment to fit our lifestyle. We designed a space for each of us, according to our ages, personalities and wishes.
Where did you get your inspiration?
In this apartment it was the light and the colour of the sky that played the key role. Our family and our lifestyle was another source of inspiration.
Did your daughters join in and give their opinions?
They were there through every stage of the work. From the evening before the demolition started, to the site meetings with their feet in the dust…They followed it all. To see where they were going to live, how a place is transformed, what it was and what it would become. I thought it was essential that they should be fully involved in the whole experience.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Loyal, forthright and sensitive.
How do you reconcile family life with attractive interior design?
If you’re lucky enough to be able to use a place, you need to take care of it. I always make sure I apply this equation to everybody.
Where do you look for inspiration for your collection?
Colours, their meanings and their combinations. Lifestyles – ours and what I encounter when I’m travelling. The use of an object, a way of doing something, the significance of a colour, the world is full of inspiring lifestyles.
What would you regard as the worst kind of bad taste and to be avoided?
What is your current interior design must-have?
Any design by the Bouroullec brothers. They’re always just right!
Which period of design do you like most?
I don’t like to restrict myself to a particular period. Above all, I like to mix things up and use them in different ways to give meaning.
What is your dream piece?
A pair of safari armchairs by Kaare Klint.
Would you like to share your favourite interior design shops with us? On the internet?
Drouot, online auctions and, of course Le Monde Sauvage!
What’s your favourite restaurant?
Kinutoraya, but not the corner bistro, the restaurant in the street…I’m mad about Japanese food.
Credits : Constance Gennari @thesocialitefamily