Fondatrice de Maison Père
Who initiated this collection by Maison Père and La Redoute Intérieurs?
I did! Two years ago, I sent an idea about 20 objects or so to La Redoute Intérieurs. I knew they supported young designers and have been featuring fashion collaborations in their catalogue for over 30 years. Their team was very receptive and asked only about the products’ feasibility.
What were your sources of inspiration?
I love the Art Deco period and immediately thought of a living room, where the family comes together. The cut crystal idea comes from the little perfume bottles I saw at my aunt’s house. I paid a lot of attention to details: the tables’ pencil-tip feet and the pattern of lines in the wood top. The photos were taken at my home.
What places are part of your heritage?
I grew up in an old house, which my mother redecorated every four or five years. I’m also very fond of our house near Sainte-Maxime, and my aunt’s apartment in Lyon, which hasn’t changed in decades. I like places that are reassuring, like cocoons.
What place embodies the spirit of your brand, Maison Père—“neo-bourgeois with a generous dash of whimsy,” to use your words?
The Mexican city of Oaxaca, which mixes old buildings steeped in the cultural heritage and ultra-contemporary design places. Always vibrant and colorful.
What do you never travel without?
A flowery tote I use as a purse. I always take something back with me, too, and find a place for it, like some Indian cushions, a Mexican bed throw, an old Chinese wooden clock, some Gilberto Gil concert posters, even a small stool that I brought back from New York, where I lived.
What’s your dream destination?
Bora Bora, and Iceland, because it’s so different, even though I hate the cold. And I couldn’t visit Florence without eating on the terrace at La Grotta Guelfa, a really yummy restaurant in the historic center.