At home, where do you like to spend the most time ?
The terrace when the weather permits and the living room, which opens onto the terrace.
Also the living room, which is really a room to live in as it opens onto the terrace. It becomes at once the reception room but also our daughter’s playroom.
How did the decor come about?
We thought as two, trying to mix our respective desires. The result is an eclectic apartment that suits us fine. We love coming home.
We wanted a neutral envelope that could receive furniture, pictures, paintings and objects. The idea of mixing pleases us in decoration.
What style inspires you the most?
No particular style but rather a mix of several styles. The old, art deco, contemporary. There is nothing worse than 100% of one style…
There is no particular style that inspires us more than another. There are some interesting things in all styles. I could cite Art Déco, if there were to be only “one.”
Your favorite designer?
Pierre Chareau, who was an avant-gardist. All of his works could have been drawn today: a visionary, a genius! Not to mention Mies Van der Rohe and Le Corbusier for their modernism.
Your current favourite?
“A hunting accident” by Pascal Bernier. I dream of a tiger!
The “Polar Bear” sofa by Royère, I dream of it for my next apartment…
What was your education with respect to the home and respect for place?
My father is a promoter and my husband an interior designer so I was always in a good school.
The home is a place to meet. All generations rub shoulders together. It must be beautiful and enjoyable for those who live there and for those who stop by. It is the same for the workplace. We spend more than half of our time there. It must feel good. I have always tried to create warm places.
What is the inexpensive piece of which you are the most proud?
My blue turquoise pebble shaped storage tray bought at India Madhavi.
A Fornasetti ashtray created for the launch of the Fiat Torino bought on eBay…but I love quirky.
What is your craziest dream?
A Mondrian. It is not for nothing that he inspired the most talented fashion designers.
A Picasso, a Klein monochrome, a Cesar wall expansion, a Ferrari 246 GT.
Is it easy to reconcile family life and beautiful decor?
Of course! On the contrary, the decoration has to live, move, show the patina of time. My daughter has just been doodling with felt pen on our couch. We like to think she is developing her artistic talent !
No problem. I begin with the principle that furniture and objects must live. We changed nothing when Pia was born. They simply grow old a little faster…
How did you choose the name of your daughter Pia?
We wanted a short name, soft and unobtrusive. Pia seemed an obvious choice.
We wanted a short name and we loved it. My wife has Italian origins.
Is there a restaurant you would recommend to us?
Café Trama next to my agency and the Bistrot de Paris.
Credits : Constance Gennari @thesocialitefamily