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Ingrid Seynhaeve and Jean-Baptiste Iera, aka Gio are the sort of people who would like the days to be longer so they could live their multiple lives even more to the full. Globetrotter, chef, model, actor, DIYer, adventurer, entrepreneur… the list of adjectives needed to describe this unusual couple seems endless. She is a model and creator of the June 7.2 brand and continues to scour the planet from Paris to Los Angeles, while he is busy with It, his restaurant. However, it is together that this pair have created a haven of peace, from top to bottom, that’s unlike any other. At the meeting between the New York loft and the Parisian apartment, it’s in the big spaces between the vintage or just plain homemade furniture that Lukas and Hayden Kaye have been growing up happily since the family moved in. Not being fans of the shop-bought, their parents like to scatter the place with finds brought back from the four corners of the earth. Here, there is a table, fruit of the labour of a carpenter friend. There, a creation in copper tubing by Ingrid for June 7.2. And of course, there are photographs. Lots of photographs. Being proudly displayed, the latter create the stylistic signature of this modern and quirky refuge, where the mixing of materials rules the roost.
Hi Ingrid, could you present yourself?
What is a typical day for you, as a woman and mother?
I wake up at 7.30am every day, get the kids ready and drive them to school. After I return back home I start work or perhaps catch a quick class at the gym before really attacking the day… I’ll reply to emails, have some Skype calls with the factory for my clothing brand etc… Then I will pick up the kids up from school, take them to their after-school activities or help them with their home work, after that I’ll begin cooking the dinner and usually get back to work with my partner in LA who wakes up and we go over all the every day things to do for June 7. 2. After putting the kids to bed, I could still be working with my partner Jacquie because of the LA time difference and if my husband hasn’t arrived home yet. In the evenings, Gio and I like to go out and have a glass of wine, see friends, catch a movie, go to an event in town… I frequently have friends visiting from all around the world and there is always something to do… I do wish the days had more hours!
What was it that first attracted you to this apartment ?
The high ceiling, the amazing windows, the area – which has both the international schools. I must say, at first this apartment scared me, my little one was just a year old and I could see myself constantly worrying about him getting on and off the stairs. It was quite frankly the opposite of a child friendly apartment. Also I did not have a vision of it’s evolution or possibilities… my husband however had it all figured out from the minute he walked in! Right away, he had the idea of adding the mezzanines and taking away all the beautiful “moulures“ and wood panels creating a crazy Malibu style… I trusted him and today I am beyond happy to live here!
Where do you spend your time in your house?
I work from home so I spend a lot of my time in our office. My favourite place is my bath tub, it is where I can finally catch my husband when he is not working or on the phone and have some catching up and not talk work. Since we both are really busy creative people we find it hard to switch that creativity and passion off, instead always wanting to creative and explore ideas further more, I love to light a few candles and play some music on the Sonos, it helps me to unwind.
Did you do the decorating?
Yes I did all the decorating, the furniture is from all around the world .
Where did you get your inspiration ?
My trips around the world inspired me and I find hotels in particular spark ideas. From zen-like hotels in Asia to minimalist boutique hotels to fabulous houses I’ve shot in for fashion shoots, I love to explore new places and spaces. Also I have collected pages and anything inspirational from interior magazines for numerous years and taken photographs of the many places I have been lucky enough to go so I have ended up with a huge folder of ideas to reference when I need.
Did your husband join in and give his opinions?
We are a team, we decide everything together in life be it decoration, architecture, parenting etc.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Adventurous but with a homey vibe, ambitious in a chilled kind of way, courageous and positive.
How do you reconcile family life with attractive interior?
Kids will always be kids, sometimes objects do break, especially with my two boys attached to their football. I do have a lot of patience but once they take it too far I will explode. Luckily they know the limits!
Where do you seek the kinds of furniture you like? Do you have 2-3 web addresses to recommend?
Honestly I would never buy furniture online, I need to see it, to feel it and touch it… I know how wonderful objects can be made to seem so I wouldn’t want to have disappointment that it didn’t turn out the way it looks in the photograph… For our bedroom furniture, I got it from this really amazing store in NY on Bowery, I love that they re-use and use eco-friendly materials in their creations. Also I like to design things myself, for example the dining table and my desk in the office was made by our friend who is a carpenter in Canada. I got the idea from my favourite store on Crosby Street in NY. We bought the walnut slabs from California and got the bronzed feet from an atelier in Brooklyn. He sanded away on our deck in NY for weeks, there is nothing more rewarding than sitting at a table and be able to say we designed this, this feels good. Also my clothing rack for June 7.2 is made from copper pipes that I put together from an idea I saw on Pinterest.
What is your current interior design must have?
I gave my husband a really nice present for his 40th ! A Massimo Vitali photograph that is hanging in the living area proudly. I also love my photograph of the giraffes shot by my friend Peter Beard. I really love photography, on my wish list is a photograph of Simon Chaput.
2/ 3 restaurants to recommend us in Paris and NY or LA ?
In New York – I really like going to La Buvette on Grove street, Minetta Tavern on Macdougal Street, The Fat Radish on Orchard Street and Red Farm on Hudson Street. In Paris we go most weekends to my husband’s restaurant It the kids love it and the parents too. Everything is homemade on the day and I love the cold press juices that are made right in front of you. I really like Le Stella on Avenue Victor Hugo that has really typical French comfort food, also Giulio Rebellato on Rue de la Pompe is a cosy little Italian place we enjoy a lot .
Tell me about June 7.2 project?
The brand was founded in 2015 out of a personal desire and need in the market for the right t-shirt. The label was born out of a spirit for travel and clear objective: to create a t-shirt that feels so amazing you never want to take it off… Jacquie my partner and I have been friends for many years, we share the same views on style and we both really love fashion. We decided to recreate looks that felt organic and comfortable and the t-shirt is this ideal for us. A t-shirt looks and feels like second skin, gets better and better with age and effortless and timeless. We live between Los Angeles, New York and Paris, so the brand is directly inspired by the west coast easy cool vibe, the hustle of the New York lifestyle and the individualistic spirit of Paris. Regarding the name of the brand, our lucky number is both 7 for the 2 (both) of us and coincidentally made the agreement on July 2nd, again 7.2… Our debut collection is composed of 30 must have styles, each one is cut from the finest quality materials available and inspired by one of a kind vintage stone washes. The collection is lovingly designed in Los Angeles and manufactured in Turkey. Every detail is carefully considered, from the signature seam embroidered with red arrows to the NO7.2 stamp. We just launched the e-shop (www.june72.com) and we sell in multi brands stores around the world!
Your favourite destinations for family holidays?
Absolutely it has to be Bali! We always rent a house in Seminyak area, then usually go for a couple of days in the mountains to Ubud taking in the diverse nature and distinct culture. Our last holiday was in Vietnam at the An Lam Bay resort, It was truly heaven on earth and such along way to travel !
Visit June 7.2 eshop here : www.june72.com
Photo credits : Constance Gennari @The Socialite Family