Rough and refined materials evoking a sensual pleasure

Photo by François Coquerel

Artists have an unstudied way with their own interiors that nonartists find terribly seductive. Propped paintings and messy daybeds, nude studies and souvenirs from sunbaked islands — these tropes can be pure gold in the right creative hands. FESTEN, the young Paris-based design team of Charlotte de Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay, achieves similar insouciance in this artist’s workspace imagined for a recent French showhouse. The woven-rush desk chair is an Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann beauty from dealer Jacques Lacoste, and the standing ashtray was found at another Parisian gallery. Approaching the lyricism of James Brown’s large-scale painting are totems and sconces by Guy Bareff. And the Perriand stool? That’s FESTEN’s own. The chosen objects, for all their uniqueness, each contribute to a singular sense of place. As the designers point out, “Beauty is subjective, but places have a soul.”

Photo by Raphael Dautigny

“Our aim is not to create beauty but to create unique places anchored in their geography, time and history.”
— Charlotte de Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay

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