Found this fabulous article on Architectural Digest. The content is taken from a new book AD France that celebrates the designers behind the country’s famously nonchalent style.
We turn to the French for lessons on how to dress, how to parent, how to wash our faces—and, of course, how to design our homes. Back when Marie Kalt took over as editor in chief of Architectural Digest France, she and her editors tasked themselves with finding the decorators who represented the future of the country’s aesthetic (and therefore the look we would hope to achieve in our own houses). Twelve of those once up-and-coming, now fully established, design stars are featured in a recently released book, The New Chic: French Style from Today’s Leading Designers ($65, Rizzoli). “Despite their wide stylistic diversity, whether minimalist or quasi-Baroque, glamorous or architectural, the designers presented here share many points in common that combine to delineate a new French style,” writes Kalt. “With elegance, aesthetic freedom, and sometimes audacity, they all uphold a kind of classicism (no one can completely sever their cultural roots) without ever losing sight of that elusive attribute called ‘chic.'” Read on to discover the tips and tricks we gleaned from a few of the stunning projects found in the book.
Photo: Gonzalo Machado