Juan Pablo Molyneux is an internationally acclaimed interior designer. A committed classicist, he creates spirited interiors that are rooted in history without being historical recreations.
The United States and France are two countries close to Molyneux’s heart, and he maintains offices in both of them. He established the New York studio in the early 1980’s and the one in Paris in the late 1990’s. After studying architecture at the Universidad Católica of Santiago, the Chilean-born Molyneux attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts and the Ecole du Louvre. It was through the work of French architects Louis Le Vau, Ange-Jacques Gabriel, and Claude-Nicolas Ledoux that he first acquired his knowledge of historical styles.
Molyneux has created private residences in South America, the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and the Middle East. He designed the Pavilion of Treaties for the Federation of Russia (St. Petersburg), several public rooms of the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée (Paris), interiors of a Boeing 737, private jets, and a number of suites abroad.
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Molyneux frequently lectures on the craft and history of architecture and interior design. He sits on the boards of The American Friends of Versailles, The French Heritage Society, and The World Monuments Fund. He has received many awards, among them the Decoration of the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, which he was given in 2004 by the French Minister of Culture in acknowledgment of having helped to spread French culture through his design work and his support of artisans.
The designer is presently working on several projects abroad—including a theater in Moscow, for which he commissioned giant silk wall hanging based on the abstract works of the Russian Constructivist Kazimir Malevich—and admits that his travel schedule may be the reason he hasn’t changed much around the townhouse for almost a year. “But in my world, nothing is ever finished,” Molyneux says. “I am constantly finding beautiful pieces and I have to change a room to make them fit.” Plus, he adds cheerfully: “The house is rather large. So we always have new places we can work on a little bit.”
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