Laure Vial Du Chatenet and Bertrand,<br> Marie, Blanche, César
Famille - Paris

The Cabinet of Curiosities Meets the Soft Elegance of a Town House.

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Laure Vial Du Chatenet and Bertrand,
Marie, Blanche, César

Laure and her husband Bertrand met in the environment of auctions. Because they were both passionate about old objects and engravings, the idea of creating Maison Caumont in 2006 came very naturally. Their brand is unique, quirky and inspired from the world of the cabinet of curiosities, and this is why it has fast been requested to bring its peculiar touch to different places of life and work. Their house is full of quirky creations with fabrics, wallpapers, and decorative accessories of all kinds; and this is just perfect for the place. Its classical greats spaces, loaded with the triptych flooring-chimney-moulding, needed it. So priority to the second degree that we can see in full transparency thanks to the numerous glassware. It is a rich heritage, also achieved through the panelling and which is freshened up by the graphical tiling and an industrial detail. There is no doubt: the little family has masses of imagination.

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Laure, in which room do you spend the most time?

 

Laure

Without hesitation, I say the living room! Closely followed by the kitchen.

Where do you go when you are looking for a piece of furniture?

Laure

I often go to the flea market.

What would be the element missing in your house?

Laure

It would be photographs taken by my brother, François du Chatenet, who is a photographer. More specifically, it would be pictures of my children and his ethnic portraits.

What is the cheap piece of decoration you are the proudest of?

Laure

I’d say my praying-mantis lamp. I don’t know if it was first expensive, but a priori, that was a great deal!

Who is your favourite designer?

Laure

There are a lot of them. I don’t think I have a “favourite” one in particular. It is more that I like some people such as Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Nicolas Adnet and Greta Magnusson Grossman. They are really famous, so I am not being original; but I like their work, as many other people do

What is your current crush?

Laure

It is the Standard chair, by Jean Prouvé. I want it in every colour!

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What are the pieces of art, of furniture, and books that you dream of having someday?

 

Laure

I would like to have the last book by Peter Lindbergh, a black-and-white canvas from Robert Combas and the portrait of a young woman created by Foujita.

Is it easy to combine family life and nice decoration?

Laure

Yes, it is, because I don’t have very young children anymore. My children are growing up, and we all live pleasantly in our little world. I like when the house is in order, but I’m reasonable: there is no inappropriate fussiness crisis.

How did you choose the names of your children?

 

Laure

We chose Marie, because it is the simplest and most beautiful name. We chose Blanche because for me, it is the continuity of Marie, and then we chose César because Bertrand wanted to name him Paul. So I needed a name strong enough to make him change his mind!

What is your next holiday destination?            

 

Laure

New York.

What is your favourite motto?

Laure

Every year we have a different motto. We are real fans of mottos in the family! For example, in 2013, it was: “you need to be two to dance the tango”, meaning that you need to be two people to make things go well or badly! I printed this motto on the LoVe paper of my collection. You should only take it in the second or even the third degree! We also have “If you want to change things, you have to act to change them”. This one is maybe more pragmatic than the first one!

What is the restaurant you would recommend, in Paris or elsewhere?

 

Laure

Oh, it is exactly like with the designers: there a lot of them! I would say the Luisa Maria, rue Monsieur le Prince, in the 6th arrondissement in Paris. It is always nice, good and pretty. There is also Sardegna a Tavola, which is a Sardinian restaurant located rue de Cotte in the 12th arrondissement.

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Credits : Constance Gennari @thesocialitefamily

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