There’s a new address in Paris for lovers of interior decorating: 3 Rue de Lille, in the ultra-chic district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, where French architect and interior designer Laura Gonzalez has opened her first boutique-gallery. In a display space that is more like a dwelling than a showroom, the creations of Gonzalez alternate with one-offs and limited editions created in collaboration with renowned French artisans.
“A feast for the eyes,” “a moment of enjoyment”: this is how the designer defines the gallery, referring to the bold colors and the mix-and-match of prints decorating walls and furniture. With the involvement of the American textiles brand Schumacher, the collection follows the plot line of a domestic narrative, presented through a series of settings, from the dining room which becomes a sophisticated lounge bar to the small office-library. The theme of springtime sets the tone.
Known for her maximalist style which she applies to the creation or redesign of shops, restaurants, hotels and private homes – from the Cartier and Christian Louboutin boutiques, all the way to the Lapérouse restaurant and the Hotel Saint James, both in Paris – Laura Gonzalez founded her studio when she was 24 years old, soon becoming a reference point in the French capital. She entered the spotlight after the restyling of the Parisian club Bus Palladium, and in 2019 Maison&Objet named her designer of the year.
“I want to create places that have a soul. I like to multiply details, to be certain that wherever one looks there will be something interesting to see,” Gonzalez explains, who for her new collection of furnishings has also collaborated with artist-artisans like Thomas Boog, Veronique de Soultrait, François Mascarello and Véronique Rivemale. A fantastic universe, displayed with total freedom of expression.
3 rue de Lille
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