Having just sat her baccalauréat, Mila was in a very relaxed mood when I arrived! Already very talkative about her future school projects, she told me about her wishes and her passion for photography. Laurent showed me his latest décor projects. Apart from his being passionate about the singer, Damon Albarn to whom he listens all the time on vinyl, he spends the rest of his time on décor sites. Manual and meticulous work around colour and motifs. Very proud of how he redesigned and decorated his interior space himself, he has perfected the art of bargain hunting for antique furniture that matches his style. Lighting remains the most important thing. Mad about vintage pieces from the 70s that he combines with an ultra modern space, he chose light polished concrete flooring to enhance the colors of the materials: glass, wood and brass. His very unusual interior space deserves your wandering around in there…
Laurent, what was the apartment like when you came?
It was an architectural practice in a very bad state; everything was demolished.
How did you imagine it?
I imagined the apartment almost as soon as I visited it. I very quickly imagined how the rooms would be.
Did you yourself draw the plans for this new apartment?
I at once made several structural plans, taking account of the technical problems.
What were you priorities?
My priorities were first of all dictated by my daughter and her disability, access, traffic and making the most of each square meter.
Where do you like to spend time?
At home? Everywhere, depending on how I feel and on the occasion, such as an evening or dinner party.
What inspires your designs?
I’ve got many sources of inspiration, beginning with Symbolism, from Jugenstil to Wienner Werkstätte, not forgetting Art Deco and Bauhaus, back in the 1950s, etc. But also the leading decorators and architects of those years. Today, I still like to keep abreast of new architectural projects and projects by new decorators. Everything is inspiration.
What do you lack in your home?
The library area which was lacking is now built. I still need an office area in the basement.
Is there a designer piece you dream of owning one day?
I couldn’t tell you how many.
Could you recommend a good restaurant in Paris or elsewhere?
ABRI. A Japanese chef who infuses simple, elegant dishes with incredible taste.
What are your plans?
A tiny little ultra VIP bar in London, in a private club. A house in London, with several rooms to decorate.
Credits : Constance Gennari@thesocialitefamily.com