Marion has the spirit of the people of the south! A frankness and ease that The Socialite Family loves and which makes us think about our home country, Italy! Rated by the magazine, AD Intérieurs as one of the most talented architects of her generation, Marion Duclos has a style that is like no other. Married to the artist Thomas Mailaender whose reputation is second to none, they both explore common ground around artistic creation. With their shared taste for the Italian design of the 80s, Marion and Thomas embrace the spirit of the Memphis group orchestrated among others by the two monsters of Italian design Ettore Sottsass et Michele De Lucchi. Memphis does us good: Pop colours, new motifs and geometric shapes for a free spirit and lots of humour.
Marion, could you introduce yourself ?
I hail from Marseille but I have been an expatriate in Paris for almost 18 years. I do a bit of everything. I share my time among my children, my husband, who travels a great deal and the interior decoration and design agency I started several years ago. I create residential and commercial projects; I designs sets, and I create objects. I also opened a gallery on rue de Navarin, where I show the works of artists, designers and craftspeople, as a proposal for an ideal collection.
What is your day normally like ?
Speeding, the girls, the agency, appointments, exhibitions, friends. Fortunately, the agency is five minutes from home.
What is your favourite period in the history of furniture ?
We went through a period of preferring 1980s Italian design, but right now I am a fan of somewhat techno design furniture from the 1990s. Actually, what I like best is mixtures. I also think that we must trust our own times and buy what young designers are producing. I love the work of my friend Vincent Loiret, for example.
How do you reconcile family life and a beautiful interior ?
Don’t be afraid to use things. Consider that design items are first and foremost made to be used.
What is the cheapest item of which you are proudest ?
A drawing by Julien Berthier, bought the year he was leaving the school of fine arts.
What are your favourite decoration websites ?
1stdibs and eBay.
What is the mistake of poor taste to avoid ?
The totally matching look.
What is the item of your wildest dreams ?
Several: a Shiro Kuramata bed, a Gaetano Pesce resin door and a Franz West sofa.
What do you lack in your home ?
A few switch covers and at least 20 sq. m.
Which is the latest restaurant you would recommend ?
La Boîte à Sardine à Marseille.
Photography & Text: Constance Gennari @thesocialitefamily