Direction Left Bank, the interior designer and designer Stéphane Parmentier. A ground floor looking like a small village, in an old locksmith's shop full of books and a bamboo forest ... Interview in his apartment-office-warehouse.
It was first as a stylist that Stéphane Parmentier started his career alongside Karl Lagerfeld. He then creates his eponymous agency and, since 2013, he has joined Christofle as artistic director. Just before revealing his Parisian interior, he presents the news of the prestigious house. Until January 15, 2016, more than sixty exceptional pieces selected by his care, which have invested the most beautiful suite of the Parisian palace, with its terrace and panoramic life on the capital. Small detour rue de Rivoli where just inaugurated this scenario designed for the Belle Etoile suite. Double visit and interview.
Suite Beautiful Star at Meurice
What was the red thread of this experience at Meurice?
Stéphane Parmentier: I did not follow a thread but only respected the place to cherish it. The challenge was to spread Christofle pieces with precision: touches of refinement and luxury, eclecticism and surprise. This meeting is a first: a way to use everyday beauty, to be in the freedom of ornament and detail. I like to mix flavors: they give a unique, strong and vibrant taste. By daring and mixing genres, we give a unique voice, a reflection, desires ... This is what we experienced in this suite whose view is breathtaking. These ephemeral engagements between our two Houses embody the art of living in the French way.
Suite Beautiful Star at Meurice
For you the soul of a place, it is important?
Stéphane Parmentier: The places need to have a soul. So the choice of this apartment was decided in one day: I had an absolute love at first sight for this old locksmith's house. Between house and loft with patios, a studio apart and the offices of my agency ...
Your favorite room where you like to be and spend time?
Stéphane Parmentier: My bed. It overlooks the patio and offers an angle of view from where I see the sky: it's my little James Turrell. I see planes, clouds, blue, things change ... Nice haven, the bed embodies the beginning or the end of the day. The whole is drawn, very graphic but counterbalanced by the materials: bed linen in big linen, headboard in ebony. There are very industrial photos and some hot ones, paintings ...
Curtains, doors, shutters? What does it inspire you?
Stéphane Parmentier: There are inevitably in the room because I like the absolute black: they are blind black boat shades. In other rooms, it's useless because we do not have vis-à-vis. Almost no doors: except for the bedroom and the toilet.
Your furniture: rather modern, ultra design, family, pitcher?
Stéphane Parmentier: I do not like the word design and even less ultra design. 16 years ago, I was still in fashion, and therefore not in the same creative process as today. So I have no prototype, except the series of lava stools (edited by Osmond) that are in the patio.
The most unusual or unexpected that can be discovered at home?
Stéphane Parmentier: The configuration of this place that is atypical with bamboo everywhere. We think we are in a house in the country.
An object or piece of furniture that you could not separate?
Stéphane Parmentier: A sculpture of my friend, Jerome Tristant. He does not have a gallery and one can see his works only among the friends who buy him.
Your favorite color in your home?
Stéphane Parmentier: The black in the room's blinds, the velvet sofa, two vintage Eames wood armchairs and a small 1971 Mangiarotti coffee table in marble.
Your last purchase - useful or futile! - for the House ?
Stéphane Parmentier: In futile: a suspension of Sarfati. In useful: beautiful cuts in a light texture made by a Japanese craftsman. I bought them from Nakaniwa.
The kitchen, rather open or closed?
Stéphane Parmentier: Open while wanting it closed: strong, present and invisible. It exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere: white walls; on the ground, a very beautiful African wood - the mutenier - which is like a huge graphic inlaid carpet; Bulthaup brushed steel furniture and a Mangiarotti marble table.
A dish unexpectedly on the go for your friends? Your specialty?
Stéphane Parmentier: To start, a glass of champagne and Italian pasta made by humble people in Italy with good tomatoes, some capers, candied olives and basil on it. Or a curry.
And the TV, which room?
Stéphane Parmentier: In the guest studio: I forgot it. She is absent from everyday life. I consult the info on my iPad. The object as such is in danger; besides, I have a huge defect on my sites, I hear my customers who want gigantic screens but I have trouble placing them.
Do you live with music or rather in silence?
Stéphane Parmentier: For two years, in silence. I do not have time to listen to music, like TV, any more than to invite friends.
Rather candle or rather perfume of atmosphere?
Stéphane Parmentier: Candles of course for what they bring sifted and intimate: it is a make-up for an evening. This sets the tone, transports you and transforms a place. When nature can enter an interior, I prefer natural fragrances but I do not say no to good, well-chosen scented candles. On the other hand, it is disrespectful and disturbing during a dinner!
What is on your bedside table?
Stéphane Parmentier: This is the continuity of the huge headboard that is ebony. There are paintings, a Thai box lacquer eighteenth century in which I put my watches, my watch of the day, my glasses, a nice lamp Sarfati, paper and pens to note my "to do to lists"!
A deco tip?
Stéphane Parmentier: Light is the thing to be given the most attention, and for lack of money, put the most energy. We can make the most beautiful scenery and destroy everything in one second by a bad light. We can live with a box and three cushions and thanks to a light, make this space become wonderful. As with women with makeup, light can magnify everything. We lick the walls, we illuminate the ceiling: everything must be concealed, direct and indirect. It is also necessary to study how one lives because it makes it possible to counterbalance more concretely: to throw one's halogen; multiply the bright spots; change the light bulbs energy saving; check the heating heat of the bulbs. And the day to doser, I love the idea of louver: it evokes the intimacy felted, the nap, the secret.
And the books?
Stéphane Parmentier: It's a disaster: they invade everything. On a mezzanine, we have a huge central library. Today she explodes. At the beginning, there was a classification by genre of which there are remains, with the books little read or only consulted. My advice: do not hesitate to throw a third, or give them.
Do you dream of one more room? If so, for what purpose?
Stéphane Parmentier: A gym to do more sports and at the same time, it will be even more guilt. Or like Karl Lagerfeld, have a room reserved only for books ... No, I'm very happy like that.
Rather orderly or messy?
Stéphane Parmentier: Terribly ordered.
Are you green plants, flowers, balcony, terrace, garden?
Stéphane Parmentier: A patio with a very graphic wall, green bamboo.
Your addresses or favorite brands for the home (shopping, decoration, florist, etc.)?
- The Michaël Verheyden workshop in Belgium;
- Cutlery and some silver pieces of Christofle;
- The Nakamiwa Gallery: 12 Rue Jacob, 75006 Paris:
- Muriel Grateau: 37, rue de Beaune, 75007 Paris;
- All the antique shops of the rue de Lille.