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Designers transform Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris


Give 16 interior designers – the likes of Tristan Auer, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Vincent Darré, François-Joseph Graf for Fendi and Charles Zana – the theme ‘Live-in decors’ and their design interpretations will result in something quite extraordinary. 

Running for the last five years, AD Interieurs, is an annual installation event overseen by AD magazine, which opens to the public on Saturday and runs until 23 November in Paris.

This year the designers have been asked to create an interior around a piece from the museum’s collections. Rarely shown, these historic objects, covering a wide spectrum of styles and eras, will be integrated into what have been conceived as “live-in decors,” perpetuating the tradition of living art at the museum and in the magazine.


Tristan Auer has dreamed up a dressing room fit for a modern dandy. At its center, a 1970s neon ceiling lamp, Monumental by Michel Boyer, illuminates the four facets of a socialite’s life — fittings for work, leisure moments, evenings and accessories.


Luis Laplace has a story to tell: the story of Porfirio Rubirosa, a mid-20th-century Latin playboy who loved luxury as much as women. Laplace translates this plotline into an antechamber for a Latin lover, a colorful yet structured space centering around a finely-crafted desk by Clément Mère from the 1920s.


A natural cosmopolitan, Chahan Minassian knows how to put together a spectacular yet intimate décor — like his presidential office, a veritable tour de force featuring a desk by César from the 1960s and a collection of swords, as well
as inviting bench seats in warm colours.

The AD Interieurs exhibition will take place at Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, France from 6 September until 23 November, 2014,

Images courtesy of Tristan Auer, Luis Laplace, Chahan Minassian and Charles Zana ©

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