Maxime Jacquet, brilliant young designer, told us about new projects, old inspirations and his understanding of luxury.
How did you get into the interior design industry? How do you work together? Do you exchange ideas with each other?
I think I fell into design, I always liked design and decoration but I never really expected that it would become my profession and provide me with the level of recognition I got in the USA. I also think becoming an interior designer in Belgium sounded almost impossible and of course moving to America sounded more like a movie. I indeed was very lucky to be considered to redo a house in the Malibu, California when I was 19 years old with almost no experience and in a country where I was not living in and wasn’t speaking the language. The fact that my client was also a very famous fashion designer helped me getting many other clients and promoted myself through designing breathtaking estates as well as very exclusive elements, such as a yacht. I think it is a business you don’t really chose to be a part of, you kind of fall into that huge ocean and have to swim for your life in order to achieve something.
I do have a lot of friends in the industry. It’s like a family really. Sometimes some designers are very competitive between each other. I’m not one of those at all. I think you don’t really select your client, they more select you if they love your vibe and tastes.
I know you are passionate about past design movements and the designers and people of those times. Which of their qualities you love the most?
The limitless for creation. Back in the days we did not have so many things to see and inspire ourselves from magazines. I believe people used to be more creative and more willing to be different and create something unique. It’s true in department like fashion and design. I think nowadays people are scared to express themselves in a loud way because they are afraid of what other people may think of them.
Who are the people that inspire you?
I like to look at couture designers like Christian Dior or Coco Chanel. I also love architects like Richard Neuwtra or painters like Picasso…. They are all great source of inspiration and true artist to me.
How do you understand ‘luxury’? Can you define it?
Nothing anymore, I think words can only express so much. Luxury to me is something you feel, not something you name. I also believe Luxury can be very subjective from one person to another, from one culture to another. The real luxury is the one you create for yourself and the one that speaks to you.
Which was the most impressive opinion from your clients?
I actually think when they don’t have an opinion it’s the most impressive moment. Because this means that they truly appreciate what you have created for them. It makes them dream and feel good….. And I’m happy to see that when I finish designing a house.
What is your dream project?
I don’t have one! I think hotels and urban development projects are my target. I believe this is one of the best ways to share your vision with the rest of the world.
Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about? Any new projects?
I am extremely proud to be part of the A+D trophy award in Asia Pacific with other prestigious judges such as Oliva Puthman. I will be judging hundreds of project submitted by the talents that are to become the designers of tomorrow. I think becoming a judge is such an important responsibility, since you need to keep your mind open and always stay tuned to what will be the trends of tomorrow. I hope I will get to review a lot of young people because they usually are incredibly talented and absolutely underrated. It’s important to let young creative people show what they are capable of. Let the most talented one win!
Who is Maxime Jacquet Design client? What do they say about DelightFULL products?
I think I have had the chance to touch a clientele that consists mostly of entertainment people and celebrities. They go for interior that is more one of a kind & unique. They also have some of the most creative houses because they always want to make sure to be avant-garde in what they do.
Which major international events do you attend to get all the latest novelties?
I always do Maison&Objets in Paris as well the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. They are the best in my opinion.
Which colors, textures and techniques do you prefer in furniture design?
I really don’t have any preference. I’m too creative to like only one style or one technique.
Where do you work on your designs and projects?
My design firm is based in Los Angeles, USA. We have done multiple estates over there, as well as Miami or NYC. We have projects running all over the world as we are right now working on a massive house in Ibiza, Spain as well as a few flats in Paris, France. I’m also expending my design by going into designing home goods and tech project as we are working very closely with a global name in the industry to create a product for them. Our office likes to take challenges and also stay in the evolution, not only interior design.
You travelled so much, what was the most impressive design experience?
I think each time I walk into a project. Each time I see the human experience that you need to create for each person involved. You need to connect with people in order to create your vision. A man alone is useless.
What do you think about ‘Best Interior Designers’ blog?
I love it because they bring new subjects into the spot light about designer, home goods, artists… I also think it’s a great source of inspiration for people that are looking for idea to do their home.
Hate what you see or love what you see no matter what, it’s important to have your own opinion on what you like and don t like.
**Maxime Jacquet began his career after coming to Los Angeles, California at age 19. Originally from Liege Belgium, he been taking the industry by storm. His First residential project was published in VOGUE , a few years later Elle Decor named him ” The Bad Boy of Design ” because of his fusion of fashion and lifestyle. Maxime has designed houses for hollywood celebrity DJ David Guetta, Paula Abdul as well as famous CEO’s. With projects all over the globe in places such as Paris, Ibiza, New York, South Beach and of course Beverly Hills, California.
Article by: Didia Sousa