The latest project of London-based interiors firm Louis Henri is a breathtaking apartment located in one of Paris’ most desirable neighbourhoods. Completed in May 2012 and located on the fashionable Avenue Montaigne, this generously proportioned lateral apartment has been extensively remodelled to exacting standards. This newly completed Paris apartment by Louis Henri has everything from furniture to rugs, chandeliers to door handles ALL custom made, to the highest uncompromising standards of ‘grand luxe’. We talk to the designer about this new project and his love for interior design.
WHAT WAS THE BRIEF/FUNCTION/DESIRE ETX. BEHIND YOUR RECENT PROJECT IN PARIS?
The brief was simple, to create a retreat that was fresh, something that the clients hadn’t seen before, that was finished to the highest standard possible. Other than this, I was given free rein to present a suitable design for the apartment.
WHAT WAS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND YOUR CAREER IN INTERIORS?
I come from a family of engineers and landscape designers so problem solving and design have always been part of my life. I started studying Product Design at the University of Johannesburg but changed to Interior Architecture after six months. It just seemed to be a better fit. Interior Design is Product Design on a larger scale. The idea that you can influence someone’s mood just by putting them in the right environment is very exciting. There’s nothing better than seeing the result of up to four years of hard work (and a little bit of imagination).
WHO DO YOU ADMIRE WHEN IT COMES TO DESIGN?
I admire so many people. I think we are all influenced by our predecessors, it’s like the metaphor on the £2 coin which reads “standing on the shoulders of giants”. I admire The Egyptians, The Romans, The Ancient Greeks but also modern designers like Andre Arbus and Alberto Pinto.TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE SUBSCRIBE TODAY FOR FREE TO OUR SPRING ISSUE, CLICK HERE