Jean-Louis Deniot, a master of the remix, the Paris-based designer notes that he likes to “play with layering of textures and materials,” juxtaposing midcentury flea-market finds with pedigreed older pieces to create subtly finessed interiors that are “a little theatrical.” Accents such as dynamic metallic wall sculptures and gilded oblong mirrors reflect an affinity for compelling forms. With projects across the globe, from New Delhi to Moscow to Beverly Hills, Deniot has nurtured a committed international following in the 14 years since he established his eponymous firm. One of his latest commissions is the restoration of the revered Château Latour winery for French business mogul François Pinault. Deniot’s discerning eye is also apparent in select offerings found at his to-the-trade antiques gallery and in his several furniture lines—including a forthcoming collection for George Smith.
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architecture and interior design, Jean-Louis Deniot has long been in the business of creating atmospheres. His décors are his playground, spaces where spontaneity and magic are de rigueur. Recognized worldwide for his eclectic and emblematic interiors, Jean-Louis Deniot plays in a multiplicity of repertoires, never sticking to purity of style, rather letting his academic training translate into a vocabulary that is both informal and bold. If he does contemporary, it is always with a weighty dose of history and references infused into it to produce a timeless yet timely scenario.
Minimalism is not for Jean-Louis Deniot as neither is excess. Balance and osmosis is what he is after, offsetting the sometimes rigid facet of architecture with an inmost vision of refinement, comfort and openness making his creations around the world havens to revel in. For him, style equates lifestyle and must promote harmony and wellbeing.
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A great enthusiast of iconic designs, his decors feature no shortage of arresting
materials and textures tempered with subtle color palettes, muted tones and impeccable lighting. At the crossroads between classical terminology and contemporary aesthetics, Jean-Louis Deniot’s interiors are serene, elegant and dramatic as awash with nods to other time periods, yet never typical or literal.