Direction the Val-de-Marne for an interview with Pierre Favresse. Habitat's creative director chose to live in the commune of Saint-Mandé to give his children a little country air. Confidences of a designer who did not take the big head.
With his double training - a cabinetmaker at Ecole Boulle and a diploma in Arts Déco - and a first five-year adventure with Mathieu Lehanneur, Pierre Favresse created his own studio in 2010. Requested in 2011 by Hervé Giaoui, the president of Habitat, the young designer agreed to join the brand became French that year, to breathe new life into the brand.
Chaining launches ranges and projects, he just takes his breath by relaxing at home, with his wife and two young children. Two years ago, Pierre Favresse had the opportunity to move in the same Haussmannian building, changing only floor. Not only was the top apartment more spacious but it had been completely redone by an architect.
Your favorite room where you like to be and spend time?
Pierre Favresse: This is the kitchen where I manage to disconnect. When cooking, I enjoy the pleasure of giving and sharing. When I was a cabinetmaking student, we saw things happen with our hands. This is no longer the case as a designer. This can sometimes be missing, hence the importance of scale models and empirical verification. Creation is my engine.
The kitchen, open or closed?
Pierre Favresse: It is closed and is about 10 m2. Everything is white and apparent! It's a living kitchen, not like the ones we see in the catalogs! The work plan goes around the room and there is a small bar with two Konstantin Grcic highchairs from Magis.
A dish unexpectedly on the go for your friends? Your specialty?
Pierre Favresse: Baked salmon cobblestones with lettuce salad with pine nuts and cherry tomatoes. We dine with our friends in the living room around a Magnum table edited by Luck.
It is important for you the decoration of a table?
Pierre Favresse: A beautiful table, it is not necessarily a lot of decoration. What's more beautiful with only crystal ball glasses and a good bottle of wine? I will put our plates of Habitat, porcelain, which we designed for the manufacture of Jacques Pergay. They were made by hand and are all different. The dish and the dessert plates are quilted. Finally for a pleasant and sweet atmosphere, there will be candles everywhere, with a musical background of a small Lenny speaker that I designed with my friend Jean-Yves Le Porcher of Elipson.
Your furniture: rather modern, ultra design, family, pitcher?
Pierre Favresse: Less design than we could imagine. Simple, functional but elegant elements. The whole thing is eclectic because our interior is an agglomeration of products of our past lives. We love them and we managed to make them live together! Thus we kept a very large monastery table, a little high, thick but not wide, which came from the grandparents of my wife and a chest of 1779 very dark wood.
There are some furniture that I drew and whose prototypes I keep; a Magnum table; Jasper Morrison chairs extremely resistant, plastic for children; two black Nordic chairs, with a paper cane from the 60s-70s that we have found; a small Vitra chair, two Habitat sofas with an oak structure ...
The most unusual or unexpected that can be discovered at home?
Pierre Favresse: The first thing that strikes in the entrance is our Chinese soldier! It is a reproduction of the famous army of terracotta statues of the mausoleum of Chinese Emperor Qin.
An object or piece of furniture that you could not separate?
Pierre Favresse: The "An Eclipse Day" lamp that I designed for the Villa Noailles contest! And my snorkel! This magnificent instrument was hanging out in the creative studio when I was working with Mathieu Lehanneur. He gave it to me while everyone wanted to throw it away. Children sometimes have fun blowing in! Today, with its patches, it is in full decomposition and would need a good shot of Mirror! It's an unusual object with a story. I am attached to it, probably because of the admiration I feel for musicians.
Your favorite color in your home?
Pierre Favresse: There are a lot of oak and white objects. The accessories bring the color: a light blue sofa, a pink salmon rug, multiple cushions, candles ...
Your last purchase - useful or futile! - for the House ?
Pierre Favresse:We did not sleep very well on our bedding. Especially with two young children, we need to recover. We have just renewed it.
And the TV, which room?
Pierre Favresse: In the living room. Only my son looks at her. It is an object that I tolerate! It is neither awful nor gigantic: the TV serves us especially for DVD sessions.
Do you live with music or rather in silence?
Pierre Favresse: It depends on my mood and what I find on my music app. With Lenny speaker connected Bluetooth, I can listen to music everywhere. Today, we are lucky to have new software and services that can easily discover a wide range of albums!
Rather candle or rather perfume of atmosphere?
Pierre Favresse: The olfactory is very important. It's a global experience like a Proust madeleine. That's how I worked the Pure range for Habitat with a dozen natural fragrances that covers the four elements (fire, earth, water and air). My favorite is the one called "Glacier" which has a sea water tone and close to an iceberg ...
Curtains, doors, shutters? What does it inspire you?
Pierre Favresse: I am rather large windows to let the light of the sun to the maximum. This is essential to recharge the batteries but in the evening, we close the curtains. I like that there is a nice curtain with double curtains. It is a whole to look after the time of the day, either to hide or create intimacy: the choice of the bar, the height, the heaviness of the fabric, the fallen ... Like any functional object, the curtains also must be elegant.
What is on your bedside table?
Pierre Favresse: Not much and more, everything is placed on the floor because I do not have a bedside table yet. It's still a bit tentative. We find a lamp, the remains of our pockets: a watch, coins ... The books are squarely under the bed! At the moment, we read "A Feng Shui House".
Do you dream of one more room? If so, for what purpose?
Pierre Favresse: A terrace with a small office-workshop in windows to work in-out.
Rather orderly or messy?
Pierre Favresse: Joker! My answer is "between the two". It depends on the days…
Are you green plants, flowers, balcony, terrace, garden?
Pierre Favresse: Rather garden, not to mention bouquets for my wife!
Your addresses or favorite brands for the home?
Pierre Favresse:- Habitat, of course!
- The Conran Shop (a cousin of Habitat).
- The shop and the bookstore of the Georges Pompidou Center.
Habitat news: After the Habitat Pure wellness line launched at the end of 2014, Habitat has been partnering with Lui, a small Italian roaster, since June 2015, a new offer for the home around the world of coffee. It is a service of subscriptions of capsules at home to recharge his machine. And, in a year and a half, Habitat will launch its own machines, designed by Pierre Favresse.