INTERVIEW WITH DECORATOR GHISLAINE

CONTEMPORARY HOME STYLING

8 May 2019

The abundant choice of furniture today is absolutely incredible. The more time that passes, the more the creators marvel me. Almost everything becomes possible; the styles are diversified, the designers dare, the materials are perfected, our senses multiply.

WHAT MAKES A CONTEMPORARY INTERIOR OF PRESTIGE TODAY?

A contemporary interior of prestige is one that is studied and composed in the smallest of detail and which gives no place to any flaw of any kind, whether in terms of the interior decor or the arrangement of the furniture as a whole.

WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A REFINED CONTEMPORARY DECOR?

Refined contemporary decor can be found mainly through the choice of high fashion furniture combined with an impeccable design concept. Furniture is accurately assembled while still respecting the colours and materials that must harmonise perfectly. If you successfully achieve this then it will result in highly refined interiors that will truly wow your client.

WHY OPT FOR CONTEMPORARY INTERIORS WHEN YOU OWN A HIGH-END RESIDENCE?

A truly distinguished residence is not only the one that marries one’s lifestyle and one’s aesthetic tastes, it’s one that comes to bear an avant-garde voice and therefore becomes timeless. This is possible by subtly and intelligently introducing ultra-comfort into the visual composition. A beautiful decor devoid of practicality cannot be considered contemporary. It is now a requirement to integrate innovation and technology into contemporary spaces and is an immensely joyful and rewarding experience when one has the opportunity to do so.

WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST MISTAKES?

Firstly, I would say that the most common pitfalls would be furnishing and decorating an interior without having grasped the customer’s mind and understood their personal purpose. Another big mistake is proposing a decoration without having studied in advance the architecture and design of the available spaces. Without accuracy, you will not be able to fully achieve the harmonious and incredibly organic effect that is felt when you enter an exceptional property.

HOW DO YOU CREATE YOUR COMPOSITIONS FOR YOUR CLIENTS?

 It’s a pretty intuitive skill that I have and is one that I have crafted over many years. It starts with getting to know the client personally, their concerns and priorities along with particular tastes and lifestyles. Once I discover the personality of the client, I can modulate my first compositions from a set style with them. Afterwards, I create several proposals that I discuss with both my husband Markus and the client. What I consider very important is to understand what the client truly likes and dislikes but also to advise sensibly when some requests are neither optimal or realistic. Together, we can then readjust the major and minor elements of decoration to obtain the desired atmosphere and thus obtain a result that distinctively exceeds client expectations.

WHAT IS IMPORTANT IN THE CHOICE OF THE FURNITURE?

As a decorator, I always seek to marry the concept design first. I am mindful that I’m decorating one’s living spaces, which means it has to be exquisitely warm and welcoming. This results in a carefully selected choice of materials, textures and colours, all in keeping with the design and the furniture. I pay particular attention to the composition and assembly of materials by striving to keep a clear and light vision to avoid overloading spaces.

DOES A CONTEMPORARY DECORATION ADD VALUE TO INTERIORS?

Absolutely. A decor will greatly influence the value of the property in question, especially in major capitals cities like London, Paris or Milan. It adds immediate value in favour of the customer during a direct or subsequent sale.

WHO DO YOU BELIEVE ARE THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE BRANDS?

Today we have access to a broad spectrum of prestigious furniture design brands, all of which showcase their own unique contemporary identities. It all depends on what you are looking for. Personally, I really like the sobriety of Fendi, Smania, Trussardi and Giorgetti. For more chic and glamorous contemporary furniture I recommend Visionary, Roberto Cavalli, JC Passion and Boca do Lobo.

Image from FENDI

HOW DO YOU SEE CONTEMPORARY DECO EVOLVING IN THE FUTURE?

The abundant choice of furniture today is absolutely incredible. The more time that passes, the more the creators marvel me. Almost everything becomes possible; the styles are diversified, the designers dare, the materials are perfected, our senses multiply. However, although I believe that we can always go further in the chase for new forms, some codes remain timeless. It’s not about giving up on the classics. If they have lived on through the years and continue to amaze new generations, it’s because they have a universal essence that works. This is something great creators understand very well.

If you would like to discuss your contemporary design visions with Ghislaine please get in touch with our team and we would be delighted to talk to you.

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