The Paris-based de­signer cre­ates an evoca­tive mo­du­lar liv­ing room for fur­ni­ture house Du­vivier Canapés.

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The de­signer cre­ates a mo­du­lar liv­ing room for fur­ni­ture house Du­vivier Canapés

Itry to make fem­i­nine de­sign with a bit of po­etry,” says de­signer Char­lotte Juillard, from her chic loft apart­ment in Paris. “I think I’m a re­ally sen­si­tive per­son, so I don’t want to do big, com­mer­cial things. I’m more into de­sign that makes you feel some­thing.”

For Juillard, it has al­ways been thus. Hav­ing stud­ied in­te­rior ar­chi­tec­ture at the École Ca­mondo in Paris, she went on to do a res­i­dency in Tre­viso, Italy, at Fabrica. This mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary re­search cen­tre, housed in a 17th-cen­tury villa re­fur­bished by Ja­pa­nese ar­chi­tect Tadao Ando, brings to­gether peo­ple from di­verse cre­ative back­grounds to share ideas. It was here that she truly found her voice. “This was the great ad­ven­ture of my life as a de­signer,” she says. “It was such a cre­ative year that I wanted to con­tinue to be sur­rounded by other cre­ative peo­ple. I al­ways work on my own, but I’m not a soli­tary per­son.” (She now works in an of­fice near the Bastille among a col­lec­tive of cre­atives.) “Then, a year ago,” she says, “Du­vivier called me.”

Du­vivier Canapés has been pro­duc­ing beau­ti­fully crafted French leather prod­ucts since 1840 and fur­nish­ings since 1953. It’s a com­pany as­so­ci­ated with scrupu­lous qual­ity and crafts­man­ship. “When they called me, they asked me to de­sign a liv­ing room,” says Juillard, who has since cre­ated a se­ries of mo­du­lar fur­nish­ings for the brand in a range of lush fab­rics and ma­te­ri­als. “The idea was to cre­ate some­thing you could to­tally change depend­ing on your wages and your taste.”

A hit at Jan­uary’s Mai­son & Ob­jet, the Jules col­lec­tion is in­spired by Juillard’s own child­hood. “When I was young, we used to go to the south-west coast for the hol­i­days,” she says. “There are these re­ally fa­mous tchan­quée cab­ins on the Île aux Oiseaux there; you can find them only in this place in France.”

The wooden cab­ins sit high above the wa­ter, bal­anc­ing on skinny stilts, rem­i­nis­cent of herons wad­ing through the tide. Juillard’s fur­ni­ture, too, fea­tures long, ex­posed wooden legs. “My idea was to give a lit­tle wink to some­thing that means some­thing to me,” she says.

The range in­cludes mo­du­lar so­fas, a chaise longue, arm­chairs, ot­tomans and cof­fee ta­bles. Each piece show­cases a dif­fer­ent ma­te­rial ex­pres­sion — be it honed tim­ber; soft leather; or vel­vet uphol­stery in emer­ald green, dusky pink or clas­sic el­e­gant white — “for city apart­ments in Paris,” says Juillard. Her own Parisian apart­ment in the 6th ar­rondisse­ment, built in 1840, is ex­actly that: pared-back and breath­lessly el­e­gant. It’s a low­ceilinged du­plex re­plete with white beams and an­gu­lar walls of vary­ing heights and de­grees. De­light­ful ob­jects of miscellany are scat­tered through­out, giv­ing the apart­ment a play­ful sense of com­fort: it’s a home. “I like lit­tle ob­jects with strong iden­ti­ties,” says Juillard. “I love go­ing to flea mar­kets, like Les Puces de Paris Saint-Ouen. Most of the time, I find a lit­tle sculp­ture or ob­jects that I love there.”

In ev­ery as­pect of Juillard’s life, de­tails are re­ally im­por­tant — whether it’s her home decor, her out­fits, or her work and de­signs. “I have al­ways thought that you can­not re­ally be a de­signer if you’re not pay­ing at­ten­tion to all the de­tails in your life,” she says. “I pay at­ten­tion to my place and my style.” At home, this shows in those lit­tle ob­jects, in the pro­to­types of fur­ni­ture Juillard has de­signed, and in soft­en­ing touches. “I need to be sur­rounded by beau­ti­ful things,” she says. “When I come home, I light some can­dles and cre­ate an at­mos­phere. A home should feel peace­ful and beau­ti­ful.”

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CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT Tsuki ta­ble mir­ror for De­signer Box; home­ware pat­terns for CXL by Chris­tian Lacroix; Jules Toi & Moi sin­gle-unit chair for Du­vivier Canapés; Char­lotte Juillard; Les Brodés hand-em­broi­dered wooden vases; Jules chaise longue for Du­vivier Canapés; Lava­s­tone daybed for Ranieri Pi­etra Lav­ica.

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