Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet are the two names behind Humber & Poyet, a design duo that strives for low-key luxury architecture. It was in 2007 that the design enthusiasts decided to join forces and provide a full range of services, from construction to interior design. They both studied in Paris, the former as a state-qualified architect (Paris-Belleville National School of Architecture graduate) and the latter as a CFAI interior designer (Académie Charpentier graduate).
Their projects focus on elegant and meticulous designs to create timeless spaces using premium materials such as stone, wood, and bronze. Naturally, the most important thing is to reflect the client’s personality and respect the soul of the site. Humbert & Poyet put their stamp on public worksites with their expert choice of materials, lighting design or their ability to showcase space and set the scene for the client to take center stage. “We communicate constantly throughout a project. Our symbiosis forms the foundations of our projects and ensures the space that we’ve imagined works,” says Christophe Poyet.
When it comes to interior design projects, Humbert & Poyet are the ones behind Beefbar Paris, which is just a few steps away from the Champs-Elysées. Located where the Fermette Marbeuf used to be, Beefbar Paris’ project started with an unexpected discovery: a room in the purest Art Nouveau style but heavily damaged: sectioned arches, pilasters, friezes and missing enameled ceramic panels… The restoration became obvious. This is why the architects Humbert & Poyet gathered the best artisans: staffor, mirror manufacturer, painter, decorator, etc.
This historical and aesthetic anchorage inspired the interior designers, accustomed to creating chic and quirky atmosphere, the contrast between old and extremely contemporary, a love game between sobriety and eccentricity. Thus, Beefbar Paris was designed as a traditional, comfortable and refined brasserie where the Art Nouveau and Art Deco contrast with the industrial-like ceiling and the black and minimal exterior woodworks.
Also in hospitality, Humbert & Poyet were responsible for the 171 rooms of The Hoxton Paris, mixing a classic Parisian feel with a 1950s-atmosphere reminiscent of small industrial workshops. This dialogue across time is reflected in how the bathrooms are designed as independent units: multifunctional boxes framed by metalwork that can be used as a wardrobe or desk. As the decorators emphasize, “the room decor pays homage to French artisanal expertise from two very important periods in Parisian history: the late 19th century and the 1950s”.