Laura Gonzalez

Cultures and eras blended in delightful harmony

All photos by Mathieu Salvaing

By any measure, this room is a full-on craft caravan, propelled by its energetic creator and owner, Laura Gonzalez. Gonzalez is not shy about layering materials and cultures, and she does so here with aplomb. Chinese porcelain, Danish furniture (the Mogens Lassen wing chair) and influences from India, Spain and Italy animate her home outside Paris, which also showcases pieces she designed for her Pravda Collection: custom upholstered chairs and a marble table. But the liveliest elements are the twin fireplaces, rendered in ivory clay by French artisan Laurent Dufour. “The bear and the monkey bring a really strong feeling, with a twist of humor,” says Gonzalez with winking understatement. “I believe design is an art de vivre.”

Good design involves layering cultural inspirations, and finding the right balance of elements that bring soul and harmony to a space.”
— Laura Gonzalez

Designer Picks

Laura Gonzalez Arty Lamp, New, Offered by Pravda Collection
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Laura Gonzalez Arty Lamp, New, Offered by Pravda Collection

“I hand-painted the lamp myself in the spirit of the surrounding colors of the room, bringing joy, and made the shade with Plumettes fabric from Pierre Frey.”

Laura Gonzalez Byzance Octogonal Stool, New, Offered by Pravda Collection
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Laura Gonzalez Byzance Octogonal Stool, New, Offered by Pravda Collection

“The perfect ottoman, with an amazing tiger-print fabric from Clarence House”

Laura Gonzalez Mawu Sculpted Oak Chair, New, Offered by Pravda Collection
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Laura Gonzalez Mawu Sculpted Oak Chair, New, Offered by Pravda Collection

“A sculptural chair that can be used in a space with a countryside spirit or a very elegant atmosphere in the city”

Pair of Chinese Yellow-Ground Famille Rose Porcelain Vases, ca. 1875, Offered by Seidenberg Antiques
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Pair of Chinese Yellow-Ground Famille Rose Porcelain Vases, ca. 1875, Offered by Seidenberg Antiques

“I love the touch of color from the Chinese porcelain.”

Fritz Hansen 1672 Wingback Chair, 1930s, Offered by Modernisten
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Fritz Hansen 1672 Wingback Chair, 1930s, Offered by Modernisten

“The most comfortable armchair, timeless and matching everything. Suited to a maximalist or minimalist ambience”

Joseph Carini Carpets Tibetan Tiger Area Rug, New, Offered by Joseph Carini Carpets
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Joseph Carini Carpets Tibetan Tiger Area Rug, New, Offered by Joseph Carini Carpets

“I always love to add this kind of fun and vintage touch in a room.”

Laura Gonzalez Rainbow Table, New, Offered by Pravda Collection
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Laura Gonzalez Rainbow Table, New, Offered by Pravda Collection

“This is one of the most stunning pieces of our collection. The top is in raku (a Japanese style of ceramic), from the craftsman Fabienne L’Hostis, with the colors developed specifically for us. The structure and the feet are oak. I love the power of the color and the energy that this table brings into a room.”

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