Kalei­do­scopic pat­tern

De­signer Pierre-marie Agin’s petite Parisian apart­ment packs a kalei­do­scopic punch

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Contents - Words AMY MOOREA WONG Pho­tog­ra­phy AM­BROISE TEZENAS/PHOTOFOYER

De­signer Pierre-marie Agin’s petite French flat is filled with joy­ful prints and vivid shades

Wel­come to the home of graphic de­signer and

il­lus­tra­tor Pierre-marie Agin. Known for his bold de­signs for Her­mès, pack­ag­ing for Dip­tyque and rugs for Mi­lanese gallery Nil­u­far, all of which fuse ref­er­ences to art, na­ture, folk­lore and the supernatural, Pier­reMarie ap­proached his Parisian apart­ment in the same way as any other project: by putting dec­o­ra­tion at the core. ‘ When we found this place, it hadn’t been ren­o­vated for decades,’ he says. His ar­chi­tects, Le­coadic- Scotto, re­struc­tured the space, cre­at­ing the per­fect white can­vas for him to then fill with his beloved pat­terns.

‘I feel that dec­o­ra­tion is usu­ally a low pri­or­ity,’ says Pierre-marie. ‘But I be­lieve that pat­tern al­ways de­serves to be cen­tre stage.’ Seiz­ing the op­por­tu­nity to ex­per­i­ment, he ex­panded his il­lus­tra­tive skills, trans­pos­ing his de­signs onto wall­pa­pers, fur­ni­ture and ce­ram­ics. ‘I re­mem­ber read­ing an ar­ti­cle prov­ing a link be­tween rep­e­ti­tion and plea­sure,’ he muses. ‘For me, cre­at­ing and mix­ing pat­terns is a way to catch the eye and please the brain.’

It was the north-fac­ing glass roof which tops the apart­ment that sealed the deal for Pierre-marie when he was house-hunt­ing. ‘I need a lot of light to be able to work,’ he ex­plains. The 92-squareme­tre home sits in the at­tic of a town­house in the cre­ative hub of Nou­velle Athènes, spread­ing across the fourth and fifth floors. The first level houses a stu­dio, kitchen and dining room, while the bed­room and en­suite are lo­cated on the sec­ond, with dress­ing and mu­sic rooms on a fur­ther mez­za­nine level.

Pierre-marie’s un­apolo­getic use of clash­ing prints is part of the grow­ing move­ment for happy, max­i­mal­ist de­sign that’s tak­ing hold of the in­te­ri­ors sphere. Do the pat­terns ever get too much in this space? ‘I would be crazy to say that my apart­ment is small, es­pe­cially in Paris, for one per­son,’ ex­plains Pierre-marie. ‘My pre­vi­ous home wasn’t even half this size, so now I feel like I have more pages in my book. I can tell a story with more chap­ters, in real tech­ni­colour.’

‘For some, the colours can be tir­ing and the dec­o­ra­tion too ex­u­ber­ant, but it ac­tu­ally makes me feel very calm,’ says Pier­reMarie of his unique home. ‘I of­ten stare at a pat­tern or de­tail and med­i­tate. It sparks in me the ex­act blend of seren­ity and joy I need for in­spi­ra­tion and cre­ativ­ity, and my guests al­ways leave full of pos­i­tive en­ergy.’ pier­remarie. fr

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