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We’ve covered pretty much every angle of the AD100 2018, and there’s merely one corner that we haven’t explored: the French market. After an amazing Maison et Objet 2018, it is only fair that we focus this article on the 10 best french interior designers of the list. Join Daily Design News and find out more!


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Charles Zana



For twenty years from Paris to London, via Gstaad, Tel Aviv and Monaco, Charles Zana has shared his taste and expertise in the most beautiful residential and public interiors around the world. In two decades the architect, a graduate of the Beaux-Arts de Paris, has found his voice, forging his style and axes of influence, on the lookout for discerning clients demanding a unique vision. This vision is above all that of a lover of art, passionate about design, who speaks like an extract from key teachings. Charles Zana demonstrates an inexhaustible eloquence when asked to talk about a gallerist’s latest exhibition or the great masters of Italian design, from Andrea Branzi to Ettore Sottsass, not forgetting Enzo Mari.


Joseph Dirand



The designer of the year 2013, Joseph Dirand is one of the most resonant names in the world of international decoration: his name is known from Paris to New York, from Tel Aviv to Miami. With only 43 years old, he is the French decorator who brings the new wave. Here are some of the big name luxury shops he works for: Pucci in New York, Alexander Wang in Beijing, Rick Owens in London.


Jacques Garcia



After Becoming the interior designer responsible for the restaurant and hotel Costes, hotel Majestic or Fouquet’s in Paris, he acquired the Chatêau du Champ de Bataille in Normandy and restored it, Garcia Style. After twelve years of hard work and investment, the castle has become a museum. Outside, the park contains 60,000 boxwoods, 10,000 hornbeams, 35,000 yew trees, 2,500 linden trees and a hundred palm trees.


India Mahdavi



India Mahdavi is the reigning queen of colour. “It’s the best way to bring sunshine into space,” says the Paris-based interior designer. “Sunshine is happiness, and my work is about happiness.” Her daring clients clamour for more. “They aren’t looking for mainstream,” Mahdavi explains. “They tend to be people who are looking ahead.” Indeed, the strong individuality of her rooms is not for the faint of heart. Mahdavi attributes her love of colour to her Irano-Egyptian heritage and cosmopolitan childhood. Born in Tehran, she was raised in America, Germany, and France. During college, her studies kept her moving, from Paris’s École des Beaux-Arts to New York’s School of Visual Arts and Parsons, before she settled in the French capital to work as artistic director for Christian Liaigre. “Location is the starting point for all my projects,” she says. “Each fits one location, one client. So they are all like couture pieces.”




Jean-Louis Deniot



Featured on the ELLE Decor and AD 100 lists of the world’s preeminent talents in architecture and interior design, Jean-Louis Deniot has long been in the business of creating atmospheres. His décors are his playground, spaces where spontaneity and magic are de rigueur. Recognized worldwide for his eclectic and emblematic interiors, Jean-Louis Deniot plays in a multiplicity of repertoires, never sticking to the purity of style, rather letting his academic training translate into a vocabulary that is both informal and bold. If he does contemporary, it is always with a weighty dose of history and references infused into it to produce a timeless yet timely scenario.





Founded in 2004 in Paris by Luis Laplace and Christophe Comoy, Laplace has developed an international clientele sensitive to high-end design and execution. Through good use of space and light, design concept based on local cultures and traditions, selection of materials and colour as well as the passion for art and craftsmanship, Laplace combines modern simplicity with great elegance.


Pierre Yovanovitch Architecture d’Intérieur



Extreme luxury tempered by a restrained, purist sensitivity defines the “Made in France” signature of interior designer Pierre Yovanovitch whose projects stand out for their refined sense of architectural scale over ostentation and fickle design trends. Since 2001, prestigious commissions include a 5-star hotel in the heart of Paris, a 17th century château in Provence, high-end contemporary residences in New York as well as the scenographies of a number of international exhibitions. Each commission is conceived as a one-off project tailored to the space as well as the personality and lifestyle of the client.


Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi



Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi has been designing homes and commercial projects around the world since 1964. The company was first established by David Mlinaric (as David Mlinaric Ltd) and in its early years worked on important London and country houses, often in association with The National Trust. It now works globally on an extensive range of projects, ranging from private houses to commercial work including retail, galleries and hotels.



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Source: Architectural Digest