Marine Garnier and Bertrand, <br> Jeanne 7, Maud 6 years old
Famille - Paris

'60s Design and Poetry.

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Marine Garnier and Bertrand,
Jeanne 7, Maud 6 years old

Marine is proud to say she grew up surrounded by beauty. This daughter of passionate people started striding along the aisles of Saint Ouen flea market. She was raised by two paintings and modern sculptures collectors, so it could not be any other way. Now, Marine works at Piasa. The great auction house trusts her to select pieces of furniture made by great American designers from the ’50s to the ’70s. A “backstage” occupation for this woman who began where it all started: at the flea market. Thanks to her numerous experiences, Marine is now working of more personal things. Made to measure creations in which anyone can see her sensitivity, just like in her home. In Le Vésinet, the interior designer’s home sets the tone. Hues, patterns and greats designers’ creations has made a great impression on us. Marine and Bertrand, her husband, like audacity. Thanks to the open rooms, natural light is everywhere. A permanent halo, full of a kind sweetness, which protects this family. Just there, a few kilometres away from Paris.
Entrée Carrelage Peinture Bleue Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Entrée Tapis Berbère Lampe Vertigo Bibliothèque Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Chaussures Entrée Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Fille Marine Garnier Entrée Maison Le Vésinet
Salon Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Lampe Maison Le Vésinet Salon Marine Garnier
Salon Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Bibliothèque Maison Sculpture Bibelots Marine Garnier
Canapé Salon Coussin Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Livres Table basse en bois Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier

Marine, what do you do for a living?

Marine

A lot of different things! I buy vintage pieces of furniture from great designers and American interior designers from the ‘50s and ‘70s to sell them in sales rooms at Piasa, with which I regularly work. I have been doing this for almost 20 years now. I started with a stall at the flea market of Saint-Ouen and then a boutique, before working a bit less when my first daughter was born. I work with Frédéric Chambre, an auctioneer and associate at Piasa in Paris. I sometimes create thematic sales, such as the one for Silas Seandel in Novembre 2016, and accept to do interior design works when I feel I get along well with the client. I trust my instinct in this case.

For how long have you been living in this house?

Marine

We moved in six years ago, when Maud was born.

How would you define your style in terms of interior design?

Marine

Gleeful, coloured, poetical and feminine.

Who thought the layout of your house?

Marine

It was me. Bertrand, my husband, totally trusted me. I took me time to organise the living room. The pieces of furniture have been moved several times before we found the good setup. Our daughters live in it, so we had to adapt the place to their desires. They also spend a lot of time in the kitchen. We also chose to open the rooms as much as possible to let the light in – it’s omnipresent in the house.

Escaliers Étages Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Salle à manger Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Salle à manger Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Nourriture Maison Le Vésinet Cuisine Marine Garnier
Assaisonnement Cuisine Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier

Our daughters live in the living room, so we had to adapt the place to their desires. They also spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

Cuisine Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Souvenirs Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Sculpture bois Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Sculptures Salon Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Salon Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Fauteuil Eames RAR Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier

How did you learn about interior design?

Marine

My father used to take me to the flea market of Saint-Ouen and my mother is a decoration lover. Both collect paintings, modern sculptures and when we were in holidays, we had to visit museums, see galleries and meet some artists. I have been surrounded by this culture of beauty, which is still everywhere around me.

Is there a period you particularly love?

Marine

The ‘60s. Architects and designers of this time were real pioneers. I’m not talking about interior designers but people such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Richard Neutra and Philip Johnson. I admire Charles and Ray Eames for the very practical furniture they designed, with always this desire of comfort with very innovating materials. I love the pure lines in the works of George Nelson. As for Richard Neutra and Philip Johnson, their bay windows open on nature, concrete, glass and the fluidness inside are everything I love.

Was there an icon of design who made you want to do this job?

Marine

Charles and Ray Eames. In 1999, I was on Ebay – it was the very beginning of the website – when I saw a picture of one of their iconic chairs: the DAW. A glass fibre shell, “dowel” wood feet. I fell in love with it and the adventure started. Today, unfortunately, this chair has been copied so many times it had become bland.

Escaliers Entrée Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Fille et mari Famille Marine Garnier Maison Le Vésinet
Salon Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Salon Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Salon Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
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Plant Pot Elho Pure Straight Round 6 by Bloomingville.

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Etsy Bamboo Doll Cradle 59,00€
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Doll Cradle made in bamboo and osier, design from the 80’s.

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Chambre parentale Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Chambre parentale Tapis Berbère Chaise RAR Eames Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Chambre parentale Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Filles Marine Garnier Escaliers Maison Le Vésinet
Fille Marine Garnier Chambre d'enfant vintage Maison Le Vésinet
Chambre d'enfant Marine Garnier Maison Le Vésinet

Is it easy to combine a nice decoration and family life?

Marine

Yes, but fussy people like me must constantly tidy up! We taught the girls to respect some works of art and delicate pieces of furniture. They can now live their lives as they want to and we also adapted. If there is a dance show, we move the furniture in the living room. If they want to build a hut with sheets, we improvise.

Do the girls participate in the decoration?

Marine

They are not really interested in it for now. The older one only wants white, she likes going straight to the point, and her little sister loves glitters. I’ll have to make efforts to adapt!

Is there a good restaurant you would recommend?

Marine

Without hesitation, West Country Girl. It’s the best creperie in Paris.

What’s your next family life project?

Marine

We are moving to the countryside near Angers! We fell in love with a country seat from the 18th. It’s a real change of life. We want to show our daughters how nature is important and how we must protect it. And we’ll have another new project in two years. About childhood, freedom and ecology.

Chambre d'enfant Accessoire vintage Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Chambre d'enfant Éléphant Eames Vitra Tapis Berbère Chaussures Lacoste Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Marine Garnier and Bertrand, <br> Jeanne 7, Maud 6 years old
Marine Garnier and Bertrand, <br> Jeanne 7, Maud 6 years old
Chambre d'enfant Jouets en bois Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Chambre d'enfant Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Chambre d'enfant Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier
Porte manteaux Chambre d'enfant Maison Le Vésinet Marine Garnier

Photography : Constance Gennari and Eve Campestrini– Text :  Caroline Balvay @thesocialitefamily

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