BRIGHTEN up
Belle Magazine Australia|December/January 2022
Celebrity designer Laura Gonzalez works her playful magic on a Parisian apartment.
IAN PHILLIPS

When French interior designer Laura Gonzalez started to design the principal bedroom of this 250 square metre apartment in Paris’s 16th arrondissement her initial intent was to create a “very gentle, peaceful” atmosphere. “I wanted it to feel like a floating cloud,” she says. She installed a number of low-key elements – a natural bullrush rug, a Soho Home leather ottoman, and a pair of burlwood tables by Rose Uniacke. Then, she recalls, she got the urge to be a little more expressive. “I couldn’t help myself,” she laughs. “I had to add something.” That “something” turned out to be fabric on the wardrobe doors by Jack Lenor Larsen with a geometric pattern and, for the bed, a plaid with a panther motif. “Since I started working for Cartier four years ago, I’ve become obsessed with panthers,” she says. The big cat is one of the legendary jeweller’s most enduring symbols.

This page Laura says she wanted the apartment to feel like a “floating cloud” and has painted soft clouds on the dining room ceiling. The ‘Octopus’ table has a Persian red travertine top and tentacle-like oak legs and is from Laura’s in-house collection as are the ‘Mawu’ oak chairs upholstered in fabric from Hermès Maison. On top of the table is glassware from Mallorca-based producer Gordiola, which dates its origins back to the 18th century, and a set of tableware that Laura commissioned from the young French ceramicist, Forma. The artworks on the wall are a series of female nude drawings by Liechtenstein-born artist Manolo Valdés. The Giacometti-style plaster chandelier was bought at a Paris flea market. Opposite page Laura stands in the corridor in front of an artwork by Brazilian-born, Paris-based Daniela Busarello.

This page Oak bookshelves line the walls of the family room with a ‘Fuji’ sofa and ‘Madras’ lacquered wood armchair, both from the Laura Gonzalez in-house collection. The ‘Byzance’ ottoman, designed by Laura, is upholstered in a fabric from Pierre Frey. The 1960s stainless steel and timber coffee table is in the style of Heinz Lilienthal, and was acquired from Original in Berlin. The rug was designed by French illustrator and textile designer Marguerite Le Maire. The custom plaster fireplace was created in collaboration with François Mascarello. Opposite page In the casual dining area of the kitchen, the Apparatus ‘Cloud’ chandelier is “a future classic”, says Laura. The bench is upholstered in a fabric from Hermès Maison designed by Scottish artist Nigel Peake. The chairs are the classic Knoll ‘Tulip’ by Eero Saarinen and the travertine table is a vintage piece from the 1970s. Art works are by Alekos Fassianos.

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