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Paris designers and their interiors

Design Living

At Luster, we’re big fans of beautiful design, from the work of Belgian architects from the fifties to the creations of young promising designers today. So naturally, we are all excited about the Salone Del Mobile, which opens for the public tomorrow, April 8th. Today the international press is invited, and so are we: our Luster colleague Karin is in Milan at the Belgium is Design stand, to present some of our books to design journalists.  

Our newest book on design is Paris Designers and Their Interiors by Marie Farman (with photos by Diane Hendrikx). We felt giving you an exclusive preview from this book would be a great way to get into the right mood for the Salone Del Mobile and all the coverage on the newest design trends that you will soon read everywhere.  

So here it is, a small but inspiring preview of the interior of Mathias Kiss: a young French designer with a healthy disregard for the rules who received the 2013 Wallpaper Design Award for his Miroir Froisé mirror from the Sans 90° series.  

At the beginning of  his journey as a designer, Kiss was fascinated by the sky, a recurrent theme in the history of classic painting. For him it was a symbol of escape, tranquility and freedom. “It is abstract and unique at the same time,” the designer explains. Mathias began to paint moody skies in some of the grand hotels in Paris, including the George V. Then he began to take on private commissions, as top executives, high end couturiers and well-known actresses gave him carte blanche to inject more life into their interiors. “
I love the immersive nature of my job, adjusting to the surroundings,” he told us. As he founded the specialist interior design and installation company, Attilalou, with his friend Olivier Piel, he started to think about the home and “distorting rigid materials”. With an academic education under his belt and a natural feel for the contemporary, he examined and questioned the codes of interior design, the cornices, mirrors and tapestries. “I arrived in the world of décor and architecture with no points of reference”, he explained. This blank canvas meant he could not be linked to a category or trend. So, feeling no obligation to follow the fashions of the moment, the industrial trend or 1950s functionality for instance, he pursued his love of soft, romantic interiors. In his sculptural objects and installations, Mathias plays with scale, dispenses with volume, reinvents the accepted architectural norms and creates wall sculptures. He has been living in a well-known cosmopolitan street in Paris’ 10th arrondissement for some 10 years now.

A selection of Matthias Kiss’ works:  Besoin d’air sky installation, 2010; Golden Snake cornice, 2011; Igloo bench, galerie Armel Soyer, 2012; Magyar rug, galerie Armel Soyer, 2012; Miroir froissé mirror, galerie Armel Soyer, 2012; Interior décor of the “Krug en capital” restaurant, a pop-up restaurant on the 5th floor of the La Samaritaine department store (Paris), 2012.