Design and Architecture series to watch at home

  • Educational Videos Series: The Foundation of Classical Architecture

Although the ICAA has postponed planned lectures, courses, travel programs and more, we advise you to head to their website and take advantage of the abundant resources available online! These include online courses, documentaries, articles, publications and more. We particularly recommend you to watch the Education Videos Series. This one-of-a-kind 4 part educational video series is led by architectural historian Calder Loth who provides an introduction and overview of the elements of the classical language, including Greek Classicism, roman Classicism, Motifs & Details, and Classical Design Principles. Each episode is accompanied by a quiz offering the potential to earn AIA Learning Units. You can also have access to conferences and lectures on the ICAA’s website

  • Interior Lives by The Cut 

New York Magazines offers us a tour of the most interesting interior spaces of NYC thanks to this series available on Youtube. Wendy Goodman, the design expert, guides us through the most extravagant and unusual interiors in the city, explaining us the details and the history behind each space.

Clink on the link to discover Interior Lives on Youtube.

  • Design TV by SANDOW

Design TV by SANDOW, which debuts on Facebook Live Monday, March 30, will feature exclusive content from Interior Design and other SANDOW brands including Luxe Interiors + Design, Metropolis, Galerie, and ThinkLab.

“Architects, designers, and brand leaders are looking for connection and information during this difficult time and our focus, as always, is supporting the design industry,” says Adam Sandow, CEO and Founder of SANDOW. “We are introducing DesignTV by SANDOW to bring our global design community together.”

Each day, DesignTV by SANDOW will feature up to two hours of video programming, including live broadcasts with designers and industry leaders, as well as product presentations, virtual design tours, and candid interviews hosted by the editors of Interior Design, Luxe Interiors + Design, Metropolis, andGalerie. 

Click on the link to see the full schedule. 


Christian Préaud, landscape architect

An article by Signatures Singulières

Atelier Jardins, tailor-made landscaping projects

From his earliest childhood, Christian Préaud has devoted a passion to the gardens that has never been denied. If he took some liberties with his lifelong vocation, today the creation of gardens – through his agency Atelier Jardins – is the priority of his life.

The journey of a garden designer

Born in Paris, Christian Préaud spent his childhood in Morocco and his adolescence in boarding school in the Alps. During the summer, the future landscape architect spends his holidays in Brittany between Carnac and Dinard, at his grandmother’s. Her garden gives birth to his passion for plants, observation of nature and working the land. But we will come to it later. Because Christian Préaud then pursued architecture studies at ESA Paris.

Then his life took several turns since he was consecutively a decorator, production assistant and producer of advertising films for fifteen years. However, the reminiscences of the happiness felt in the garden, pushed him to immerse himself more intimately in this very particular universe. Consequently, Christian Préaud then resumed his way to school and entered the National School of Landscape of Versailles. And in 2004, he created Atelier Jardins dedicated to residential and hotel projects. Exceptional gardens then hatched around the world.

An exterior architect

If the main activity of the Atelier Jardins agency is the architecture of gardens, it intervenes more and more regularly on buildings. And this, in renovation or in design ex nihilo. Indeed, for Christian Préaud, “The garden is not just a nice piece of land on which the house is built. It is above all the exterior extension of the interior space and, like any inhabited space, this garden has a function. To this function corresponds a form, it is the architecture of the place. “And the designer continues:” The use of evergreens is essential for the structure, so that the architecture of the garden is legible at all seasons.

“The garden is not just a nice piece of land on which the house is built. It is above all the exterior extension of the interior space “


Perennials and annuals then set the scene which unfolds and changes with the seasons. As for colors,” I like the monochrome masses, a lot of white and blue. And then water, in whatever form, but always present.” Today, Atelier Jardins’ projects are spread across Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Atelier Jardins   

91, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

75008 Paris

Tél. : +33 (0)1 58 12 02 83


A few interior design tips to make your home working space more cosy

Finding the motivation for an efficient and productive work day at home can be tough sometimes. But perhaps you should start by carving out a dedicated and comfy workspace in your home! Indeed, the design of the space should inspire creativity, motivation and help you get things done. From color combinations to natural light, you can change some elements to make a nice and positive space for your working days at home.

  • The lighting & colors

Look for windows! Natural light is essential for your brain and your mental health! Set up your desk next to a window and choose nice curtains to control how much light filters through the window throughout the day. In general try to find a way to lighten your space by choosing an area with light shade walls. Even though neutral colors are better for concentrating, add some colorful shade to boost your creativity!

  • The materials

Try to favor natural materials such as wooden tables and desks because they convey a sense of tranquility and connect you with nature. Add some plants and flowers as well. If you doubt it, check our article on why biophilic designs matter! 

  • The furniture

Choose your furniture well, nice chairs, nice desks, nice lamps, those are the key to productivity!

The lamp is Untitled S by Ozone, check out their work here!


5 Top Design-related movies to watch at home

  • The Design Trilogy: Helvetica, Objectified, Urbanized

It is the collective name of a series of three documentary films about design directed by director Gary Hustwit. In 2007 Helvetica was released based on the famous typeface of the same name, it was then followed by Objectified in 2009, a documentary about industrial design. Finally in 2011, Gary Hustwit closed the trilogy with Urbanized, focusing on architecture and urban design. In 2013, the director started a crowdfunding campaign to finance a book “Helvetica, Objectified, Urbanized : The Complete interviews” with all the interviews with his subjects that he released in 2015.

  • Design is one: Lella & Massimo Vignelli 

Design is one focuses on the Vignelli team and follows Massimo and Lella careers. A series of images of Vignelli’s work flashes at the beginning of the film as a tribute to their achievements (including among others New York’s subway signage and maps, the interior of  Saint Peter’s Church at Citicorp Center, Venini lamps, branding for Knoll International, and Ford and American Airlines to cite a few examples) . And their achievements in industrial and product design, graphic and publication design, corporate identity, architectural graphics and exhibition, interior and furniture design have earned worldwide respect and numerous awards. 

  • Design & Thinking

A documentary on design thinking made by Mu-Ming Tsai which shows how design thinking impacts our society, economy and business. Design Thinking can be defined as the ability to come up with creative solutions to solve complex problems. The film shares stories and insights with design leaders while exploring our society and practices in our world demonstrating how we embrace Design Thinking.

  • Why Man Creates

Why Man creates is a 1968 animated documentary film that discusses the nature of creativity. Directed by Saul Bass it won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject. The film is divided into eight sections to tackle the topic of creativity : The Edifice, Fooling Around, The Process, Judgment, A Parable, Digression, The Search, and The Mark.


  • The universe of Keith Haring

Filmmaker Christina Clausen released a documentary about the artist Keith Haring. In the film the legacy of Haring is resurrected through colorful archivage images and footage. Artists, friends and admirers such as Kenny Scharf and Yoko Ono pay tribute to Keith Haring. Through these interviews the film offers a reflection on a man whose impulse was to “do the work and live the life”. 


The best interior design/architectural books to order and read at home

  • Where architecture sleeps: The Most Stylish Hotels in the World

250 of the world’s leading architects offer tips on where to stay during vacation, work trips etc. You’ll find 1200 listings in more than 100 countries. This is a guidebook for travelling inside your home and for architecture aficionados.
The author is Sarah Miller, founding editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Traveller UK.

Order it here

  • Postmodern Architecture: Less is a bore

“Less is a bore” is a quote from Postmodernist icon Robert Venturi’s  and his response to Mies van der Rohe’s dictum that ‘less is more’.  Postmodernism began in the 1970s, and is a movement which emerged as a reaction against the austerity of modern architecture, particularly in the international style.
Postmodern Architecture showcases examples of the movement around the globe.

Order it here

  • Cooking in Marfa – Welcome, We’ve Been Expecting You (available April, 1st)

Not really an interior design book but this cook book is another way to discover Marfa, an art city lost in the desert. It explores the people and food of the city and its premier restaurant, The Capri with more than 80 recipes inspired by local products.
The authors are Virginia Lebermann who’s from a family of ranchers who have been in Texas for more than 100 years. She co-founded the arts organization Ballroom Marfa, and co-owns the Thunderbird Hotel and The Capri. Rocky Barnette is the chef and co-owner of The Capri.

Pre-order it here

  • Interiors: the Greatest Rooms of the Century

Dive into the 400 of the world’s best living spaces created by over 300 of the most influential people in interior design. It goes beyond architects, decorators, like Elsie de Wolfe, Colefax & Fowler, fashion designers as Pierre Cardin or Coco Chanel, artists as Pablo Picasso or Peggy Guggeinheim, film stars and covers work from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day.

Order it here

  • Frank Lloyd Wright: Natural Design, Organic Architecture: Lessons for Building Green from an American Original 

This title examines the work of Frank Lloyd Wright as a leader of today’s ‘green movement’ in architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright was an innovator of eco-sensitive design generations ahead of his time. Green design and general green awareness is a major concern today, and looking at the work of Wright in this context is both timely and instructive.

Order it here


How Nature can shape your interior (and your mood!)

Contemporary interiors are increasingly inspired by biophilia in their approach to design. Biophilia hypothesis suggests that humans possess a natural tendency to seek connections with nature and any kind of life form. By definition interior designers use human-centered approaches to shape interiors by promoting health, safety and well-being. By using plants and flowers, interior designers connect humans with nature and therefore improve their overall well-being. Today, the majority of people spend 80% to 90% of their time indoors, living between their homes and workplaces. With this evolution in humans’ habits we developed another kind of relationship with nature and are more and more willing to embrace it and include nature in our day to day life. As interior designers embrace biophilia, they create spaces that reduce stress and nervosity while improving creativity. These rooms and spaces connecting us to nature have been proved to be a great way to boost our productivity and general well-being which is significant  in our increasingly urbanized cities and way of life. 

Thus, biophilic designs go beyond just aesthetics; they produce real benefits for humans backed by science. There is a real need especially in offices where stress and anxiety negatively impact employees and their performance. Embracing biophilic interior designs can improve people welfare, and has financial benefits.


Pied-à-terre Parisien - Stewart Manger x Jouffre

Jouffre and interior designer Stewart Manger worked together on a project to decorate a typically Parisian apartment.

In the living room, the Lyon craftsmen worked on the creation of a large sofa upholstered in a brown moon silk fabric signed Lauren Hwang as well as a generously proportioned white armchair. In the center of the room are two tables accompanied by nine chairs, all carefully designed by Jouffre. All the furniture in the room rests on a huge carpet of Beauvais Carpets and the neutral tones of the living room underline and highlight a painting by the German artist Gerhard Richter. On the kitchen side, the high chairs placed around the central island in marble were made by Jouffre upholsterers in a fabric from the Toyine Sellers textile workshop. The curtains, matched with the light above the central island, were also made by the Lyonnaise house in a wool and cotton fabric woven from Dedar. In the apartment’s library there are beautiful works such a Pablo Picasso and a ceramic sculpture by Kate Malone. Next to the side table made by Patrice Dangel is a cream-colored sofa located opposite two armchairs dressed in the same light fabric. These three creations were designed, developed and produced by the Jouffre teams, as were the embroidered curtains that adorn the window of the room. The bathroom of this Parisian pied-à-terre allows you to admire the remarkable work of Pietro Seminelli, renowned for his unique plastic reflection on the art of folds, who made the blinds in the room by folding exception. The blue chair which goes hand in hand with the dressing table in the bathroom was also made by the upholsterers Jouffre.

© Fritz von der Schulenburg


Appealing Marfa: an Art city lost in the desert of Texas.

Echoing the Donald Judd retrospective at the MoMA, which is a must see this month, let’s take a closer look at Marfa, a marvellous and intriguing art city in the Chihuahuan Desert where Judd took residence in the 1970s.

This landmark figure of American Minimalism designed homes in Texas where he eventually created the Chinati Foundation, a contemporary multi buildings museum which aimed at presenting large-scale installations strongly linked with the surrounding landscape. 

But why and how did Marfa, a tiny town of 2000 residents lost in the desert, become an Art world center? 

The Chinati Foundation ©John Cummings

It all started when Donald Judd acquired an entire army base and installed his own signature aluminium boxes in these two old brick sheds. He took away the garage doors of the sheds and replaced them with glass windows in order to let the desert’s light pass through and reflect on the boxes. A perfect mix of Art, Architecture and Design.

He also designed these 15 famous giant concrete boxes, some of them he left empty in order to grasp the immensity of the desert.

© Martin Robles

Donald Judd vision inspired various artists that came and still come to Marfa, establishing new galleries, hotels and so on. 

Even if today, Chinati Foundation remains Marfa’s main attraction, displaying Judd’s work but also John Chamberlain’s and Dan Flavin’s pieces, there are many places to visit when pilgrimaging to Marfa.

Pass by the Marfa Book Company, the Ayn Foundation, Inde/Jacobs Gallery or the Ballroom Marfa, the gallery behind the Prada Marfa installation of Elmgreen & Dragset.

This permanent installation was modeled after a Prada store as Miuccia gave permission to use their logo: although the “shop” includes luxury goods from the fall 2005 collection donated by Prada it is not a real market place. The building is made up of biodegradable substance a wink and metaphor for American materialism and consumerism. 

© David Solce

More recently, 2019 saw the opening of the first Marfa’s Contemporary Art Fair by-invitation only; the Marfa Invitational created by the new yorker Michael Phelan. He invited nine galleries and offered them to exhibit each one artist. The Marfa Invitational this year is scheduled to run from April 2-5 at Saint George Hall.

Far away from the crowdedness of big cities, the vastness and southwest landscapes surrounding the town could at first stage seem inconsistent with all the architecture and Art that fill this town, however it is actually a perfect match making Marfa an incredible and appealing gem definitely worthing the trip. 


Our top picks for the NYC design events in March & April

  • Reopening of The Met’s British Galleries
    415 5th Avenue Between 37th and, E 38th St, New York, NY 10016

Echoing The Met’s 150th-anniversary year, the 10 galleries will finally open the 2nd of March after a two-years renovation of roughly $22 million.
The space has been re-designed by Roman & William, the AD100 design firm led by the duo Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer. The couple is behind such projects as La Mercerie, or le Coucou among others. The galleries are obviously still devoted to British sculpture, design, and decorative arts between 1500 and 1900 but with a fresh new narrative on the period, focusing on daring entrepreneurial spirit and complex history exploring the trade between artists, manufacturers, and retailers that shaped British design over the years.

The collection will include new acquisitions, particularly works from the 19th century that were purchased with this project in mind.

More info

State bed from Hampton Court Castle, ca. 1698 Courtesy of the Met

  • Mario Buatta: Under the Influence Colefax & Fowler, The English Country House and American Interior Design
    March 9, 2020
    170 East 70th Street – New York -10021

Come to learn the influence of John Fowler and Nancy Lancaster’s creation of the English Country House style on the extremely popular interiors of Mario Buatta. The panel will include Roger Jones, Director of Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler; Emily Evans Eerdmans, Design Historian; Marian McEvoy, Editor of and Contributor to Elle Decor, House Beautiful, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and French Vogue; and Angus Wilkie, Author and Antiques Dealer

Mario Buatta contributed a lot to the English Country House Style and became famous for his “old-fashioned” interiors, impregnated with a strong love for history, and more particularly of the early 19th century. His rooms are colorful, full of flowers or chinoiseries, very eye-catching in opposition to the common whitness of so many homes.

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  • Architectural Digest Show – March 19-22, 2020
    PIER 94 – 55th Street at 12th Avenue – New York City 10019

The 19th annual Design Show will take place at Pier 94 during 4 days and will gather more than 400 brands  and approximately 40,000 design aficionados, professionals or simple enthusiasts in search for products, resources and possibilities. 

The AD Show will propose design seminars, culinary demonstrations, and special appearances as well as thousands of products from furniture, accessories or lighting among others to shop. 

Come take a look at the modern pieces of Malcom Maljer, the Baltimore-based designer, or Zal Divecha’s paper artworks or Simon John’s sculptural furniture and grab the wonderful spirit of creativity that infuses this place.

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  • DIFFA by DesignMarch 26-March 28
    415 5th Avenue Between 37th and, E 38th St, New York, NY 10016

DIFFA stands for Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and aim at supporting fight against HIV/AIDS. DIFFA annual fundraiser DINING BY DESIGN will be replaced this year by a 3 days of interactive experiences, workshops, a cash-and-carry boutique as well as some panel discussions. Proceeds from DIFFA by Design will support DIFFA’s fight against HIV/AIDS.

DIFFA BY DESIGN will invite local and international architects, designers, manufacturers, retailers, and other creatives to transform raw spaces into an immersive exhibit.

Tickets are also available for the DBD Gala Chef’s Tasting Menu, held on Thursday, March 28 which will gather renowned designers, architects, and innovators

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  • Small Cool Experience – Industry City, home to the Brooklyn Design District – New York City
    Saturday, April 4 & Sunday, April 510 a.m. – 6 p.m.Sessions at 10 a.m.,12 noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.

Apartment Therapy, the famous lifestyle and interior design media is organizing their first shoppable live event: The Small/Cool Experience that is supposed to launch their Small/Cool annual contest.20 designers will create 20 spaces, among them Emily Henderson, Nate Berkus or Mikel Welch. The public will have the chance to buy every item from brands as West Elm, Chasing Paper, MakeSpace etc.Apartment Therapy will donate the majority of the leftovers items to a nonprofit organization, Habitat for Humanity New York City.   

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  • Eileen Gray: Spotlight on Eileen Gray’s Materials, A Gallery Tour Series, Architecture – April 15, 2020
    Bard Graduate Center Gallery – 18 West 86th Street – Manhattan, NY 10024

This tour lead by Caroline Constant, honorary member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland will review Eileen Gray’s Architecture at The Bard Graduate School exhibition, running February 29–July 12. 

Gray was one of the few women professionally involved in design and architecture prior to World War II. She’s considered a pioneer of the Modern Movement in architecture, in the same manner as Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe or Marcel Breuer. 

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Eileen Gray circa 1910
Glass Salon designed by Paul Ruaud with furniture by Eileen Gray


Lally & Berger - The Winning Duo

Lally & Berger Studio was introduced by Charles Jouffre (founder of Par Excellence) from Atelier Jouffre to the Meurice hotel’s management. A little while later, Luc and Margaux were hired to renovate the hotel’s 160 rooms and suites over time. The peak of this collaboration throughout the years is surely the unveiling of the Belle Etoile Suite at the Meurice Hotel. Offering the finest view of Paris, the 6,674-square-foot Belle Etoile Suite on the penthouse level of the Meurice hotel is also one of the most spacious suites in Paris. The two designed every delicate detail of the Suite infusing it with character and personality. By showcasing highly-skilled French craftsmanship all along, Lally & Berger Studio truly aimed at offering a warm and convivial atmosphere to create a Suite where you instantaneously feel at home. 

The Suite Belle Etoile features Manufacture de Tapis de Bourgogne’s rugs hand tufted in wool and silk with cut and loop pile inspired by delicate feathers, Jouffre’s sofa, bedspread and curtains, as well as Meljac fittings. 

You may wonder who hides behind the Lally & Berger Studio. Margaux Lally and Luc Berger met while they were studying at the Ecole Supérieure d’Architecture Intérieure de Lyon in France. As part of their degree they both did an internship in the offices of the renowned French decorator Charles Zana. In 2013 they started their own firm together as they had heard about a project opportunity in Val d’Isère. They met Charles Jouffre for a 5-stars Hôtel project called le Yule. It is fair to say that his meeting with Charles Jouffre symbolizes their first introduction to high-end French Savoir-faire. Since then, they have been working on amazing projects, showcasing both their unique talent and exceptional craftsmanship. Intrigued by this powerful pair, we had the opportunity to interview them about their work for the Belle Etoile Suite and their approach to interior design and craftsmanship. 

What is the secret to a successful duo or team in interior design? 

Margaux L.: Complementarity is the Key of our duo. Together, we draw strength from our differences. We assume the eclectic style of our various projects and readily admit to having quite different personalities. I am more structured and sociable, Luc more patient and something of a perfectionist. However, we both share a passion for exceptional French craftsmanship. We are really complementary in our personalities, our way of working, our skills and it’s a source of strength. This duality makes the project process progress every time. It’s easier to find a solution when you talk with someone. 

Luc B.: For me, we are a team because we are always in the dialogue, as the pieces in our project. When we are not both convinced in a choice or an idea, we know this is not a good solution. We carry on our research until we are both 100% satisfied.

What were your inspirations for the suite Belle Etoile, which has been named “the most beautiful hotel suite in Paris” by AD Middle East?

Margaux L.:  We imagined this suite like a town mansion, a place with character and personality. We wanted each client to be able to take possession of the suite as if it were their own apartment. We used the architectural language of Parisian town mansions, most notably in the materials we employed: marble thresholds, a chevron-patterned parquet, wood paneling, gilding, bronze door handles with handcrafted details… Our approach was one of subtle, refined luxury, which is visible in the details (the embroidery on the broadcloth curtains, the bronze inserts between the parquet and marble flooring…). We wanted to maintain a warm, convivial spirit, rather than create a conceptual space with a ‘Wow’ effect, to transmit a notion of entertaining and art de Vivre à la française. Our goal was essentially to create a suite where you feel good and don’t want to leave.

Luc B.: Furthermore we wanted to accentuate what makes this suite so incredible and unique: its exceptional location. You feel like you’re all alone in Paris with the city at your feet and it’s as if all its monuments were there just for you. You never get tired of looking at them. Rather strangely, many of the windows were previously blocked up, notably in the bedroom. Working with the Pompidou Centre in front of you, waking up opposite Montmartre, putting on your make-up with a view of the column on the Place Vendôme, having lunch while looking out over the Louvre or relaxing while taking in the dome of the Invalides and the Eiffel Tower gives a magical dimension to each daily gesture

How would you define Lally & Berger’s style?

Margaux L.: We try to find the perfect balance between the place’s character and the client’s character. We want to expose our vision of Art de Vivre, the art of hospitality, and the pleasure of reception. In all our projects luxe is in every detail, in the material chosen and the manner we work them. That’s why we love to always work with high-end savoir-faire.

Luc B.: We are in the process of finding the perfect balance between tone, subtle shades, matter of materials, touches, furniture forms, brightness to create a sweet atmosphere and warm spaces. The more a space keeps your mind free, the more it will go through the ages. We prefer to mix styles to create soft timeless dialogue instead of playing with trends. Our way of working is to define the codes of space and to make them almost timeless. We want people not to be sure if they’re entering a décor from the past or from the future. We like to play with that notion of space and time. 

We are organizing a panel discussion on the 6th of May on how interior designers and artisans collaborate. Today it seems that there are two distinct worlds, who sometimes have difficulties communicating. But craftsmanship and interior design have common roots for sure. What place does craftsmanship occupy in your work? According to you, what is the recipe for a successful collaboration with craftsmen? 

Luc B.: We both share a passion for exceptional French craftsmanship and collaborate regularly with artisans like the Ateliers Joffre, Declercq Passementiers, and the Ateliers Saint-Jacques, but always in a very contemporary spirit. Prestigious materials crafted by excellent savoir-faire are one of the treasures of a sustainable world.  

Margaux L.:  Craftsmanship is what gives character to your project. Working as a team with knowledge exchange and finding a solution together is a successful collaboration.

What is the project you are the proudest of and what would be your dream project?

Margaux L.:  We are really proud of the Suite Belle Etoile. Projects like this don’t come along every day. The satisfaction with the result is immense. 

Luc B.: We really like challenges and building a team with passionate collaborators with specific knowledge to manage a unique project. For us any unique project is a dream project.

© Stephan Julliard

Learn more about the duo’s works on their website and enjoy the beautiful video displaying their work for the Belle Etoile Suite at the Meurice’s hôtel :