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Rodolphe Parente

Seus projetos estão em alguns dos endereços mais cobiçados de Paris e do mundo, mas sua lista de mentores parece só aumentar, sinal de que o jovem francês Rodolphe Parente tem maturidade o suficiente para admitir que evolução vem a com humildade, e muita paciência.

O Rosto do Estilo Parisiense Moderno

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“A responsabilidade do designer está na maneira de entender e interpretar tudo o que o cliente deseja ou não desenvolver em um projeto. Cada profissional tem seus próprios paradigmas quando se fala em sustentabilidade”

Na sua opinião, qual é o grande legado deixado por Jean Michel Frank e Pierre Chareau?
De que forma seus projetos o inspirou? Eu amo o jeito que JM Frank desenvolveu a sua atmosfera sem quaisquer ideias suburbanas estabelecidas. Ele tentou ampliar a visão de design de interiores: o arranjo simples e austero, uma vontade de criar obras atemporais. Eu realmente amo as proporção nos trabalhos de Pierre Chareau. Ele tem sido um designer de interiores impressionante, que trabalha maravilhosamente bem com luz natural, como fez na “casa de vidro”, em Paris.

Como foi ter trabalhado na agência Andrée Putman`s? De que forma essa experiência afeta seu estilo e carreira?
Andrée foi uma guia interessante para afirmar uma espécie de “story-telling” no projeto de design de interiores. Ela me ensinou a criar cenários incríveis, a desenvolver interiores confortáveis, com detalhes e amabilidades.

Você já projetou hotéis, residências, cenários e escritórios, então teve contato com diferentes tipos de clientes e públicos. Qual destes mercados você se identifica mais e qual seria o seu próximo desafio?
Cada projeto é uma história especial que eu tento contar, e estou realmente ligado a todos, mesmo que existam inúmeros projetos com grandes diferenças. O “Concret Flat” é um projeto muito especial porque o cliente tinha uma ideia bastante original sobre o que ele queria: ele me pediu para desenvolver um flat usando Twin Peaks, de David Lynch, como a inspiração. Ele queria se sentir como o anão dançando em uma determinada cena do filme. Foi incrível propor uma solução para esse charada, e me incentivou a ser ainda mais curioso sobre tudo.

“A arte é naturalmente inspiradora. Eu só preciso ser capaz de me adaptar ao contexto para dar o tom certo, que coincide com o projeto. Eu amo Valentine DeWain, Olafur Eliasson, sua visão de materiais e cores para mudar a nossa percepção do espaço”

Como você vê a relação entre o consumo, novo design e sustentabilidade? Na sua opinião, de que forma deve a sociedade deve agir à luz do fato de que, hoje em dia,o consumo e os novos lançamentos geram questionamentos sobre a utilidade e longevidade das coisas?
A responsabilidade do designer está na maneira de entender e interpretar tudo o que o cliente deseja ou não desenvolver em um projeto. Cada profissional tem seus próprios paradigmas quando se fala em sustentabilidade. Eu tento trabalhar com produtores locais, com acabamentos naturais, como pedra e metal para criar um design ntemporal.

Você trabalho é influenciado pela rotina e suas emoções. Como você se definiria?
Você deve perguntar aos meus amigos ou minha família. Eu sei que eu sou muito rigoroso, com uma mente inquiridora. Faço tudo com seriedade, mas, ao mesmo tempo, não me levo muito a sério! Além disso, estou preocupado é em ter um coração verdadeiro. Para criar é preciso sentimento e lealdade.

Como membro do Conselho Francês de Designers de Interiores, que conselho você daria para quem está começando na profissão?
Aconselho a manter a fé, a trabalhar duro para além da questão de estilo. Não se esqueça que nós trabalhamos em uma realidade de construção e economia. Não há projetos artísticos sem paixão! É um trabalho muito emocional que precisa de muita entrega, a fim de ir mais longe e se superar. Gosto do fato de que cada projeto é único e é uma maneira de contar uma nova história. É importante estar apaixonado por seu trabalho, mas eu diria que é muito mais importante estar encantado com o desenho, os materiais, os edifícios e a arquitetura do que estar em busca do título “designer e arquiteto de interiores “.

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O que fez você se tornar um designer?
O meu pai. Ele tinha uma empresa de construção e eu passei a infância em contato com essa realidade.

Vejo um vínculoentre o seu trabalho e arte. Qual a sua opinião sobre o design como arte?
Muito tem sido lançado no universo de design de produto. Como você pode continuar a ser original? A arte é naturalmente inspiradora. Eu só preciso ser capaz de me adaptar ao contexto para dar o tom certo, que coincide com o projeto. Eu amo Valentine DeWain, Olafur Eliasson, sua visão de materiais e cores para mudar a nossa percepção do espaço. Eu realmente aprecio quando artistas, como Jenny Holzer, agem transformand a arquitetura. Donald Judd ou James Turrell, para citar alguns mais contemporâneos. Amo a diversidade e gosto de percorrer o caminho de outros designers, porque me inspiram no di-a-dia.

Como você estabelece o limite entre a arte decorativa e o design? Em que momentos você acredita estas duas frentes podem coexistir em design de objetos?
Para mim, não há limite, estes universos coexistem. A questão só é baseada na produção: o produto do projeto envolve a produção industrial em uma grande edição, enquanto a arte decorativa implica artesanato tradicional, em edição limitada.


Photos: Courtesy Fantastic Communication

Le Bristol – Paris

Welcoming guests from all over the world is the easiest task of Le Bistrol, which along in decades of operation, eventually entrusted the mission of being the symbol of culture, wealth and local history.



Royal Experience

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Guardian of the five-star hotel Le Bristol in Paris, Didier Le Calvez is the type that never runs away from a fight and accepts the challenges of a profession with security and maturity that only years of experience could have given him. After collecting visits through some of the most famous hotels in the world, Le Calvez learned to face his own difficulties as a chance of growth and learning, failing to avoid obstacles of the route to actually involve him in it and become a better leader. It was this same thinking, for example, that granted him a CEO position of the hotel in the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, one of the most wanted addresses in the French capital. The same Palace that ensures him a privileged view of the city also gives him a better view of any obstacles of the profession, as the constant harassment of the competition. “Particularly, I think this dispute between big hotels is something very good for the market. Honestly, I recognize the lack of high standard accommodations in Paris – which explains the openings and investments in this area.

When all works get done and the hotels open their doors, we will have strong competition, and I find it quite inspiring. I think my team is prepared and I trust in the talent of everyone who works with me. In addition, we have differentiated gastronomy at the Le Bristol says Le Calvez. His speech does not leave any room for mistakes and hesitations, which make us think he always knew their destination and only worked to make it become true. “In fact, I’ve always been in love with good food and the art of good service. So when I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted a career that would take me to this side and could provide me this feeling of accomplishment: The hotel management seemed to be a perfect choice – and I went through all possible hierarchies, working as a clerk, Night manager and a lot more. Thus, in fact, I could experience all processes and positions that a five-star hotel requests, then when I got to the office director, I knew exactly what to do” says the current chairman of the Union des Metier et des Industries de l’Hotellerie.

Distracted by its own beauty, reflected on the surface of the Seine River, which crosses and divides Paris, Le Bristol forgot to battle against time and for that, it was pardoned: it is a living Narcissus, of undeniable beauty. With a history to count in decades, but without wrinkles, the hotel retains its royal essence in its details. This palace has about 90 accommodations, all with a Hollywood view of the City of Light and its unique architecture. All rooms are decorated with Persian rugs, crystal chandeliers, silk curtains and more. To avoid the same fate of the mythological character who languished in contemplating such beauty, the hotel offers a different cuisine, able to steal attention to the idyllic surrounding countryside. In the Epicure restaurant, for example, guests enjoy the most sophisticated recipes of traditional French cuisine, interpreted by chef Eric Frechon. The excellence of the restaurant is such that he was given the highest honor in the world of gastronomy, three Michelin stars. For those seeking romance, the ideal place is the Le Jardin Français, perfect for sunny days when you can make the most of the bounties of an establishment outdoors, immersed in a garden.

As an alternative to fine dining, guests can also enjoy brasserie 114 Faubourg, recipient of a Michelin star. Also, It is there that during the first Monday of the month, the sommelier Fabien Guillemot gets a visit from a guest winemaker. During the night, guests have the chance to discover more about a particular wine and can taste bottles in harmony with a menu of four courses, set by chef Jean-Charles Cauquil. Meanwhile, in Cafe Antonia, patrons can enjoy a great atmosphere for informal and leisurely meetings. The menu follows the premise of the spontaneity of the house and offers more casual options — but not less tasty. Aside from the varied and hearty menus of its bars and restaurants, Le Bristol in its entirely remains a delectable feast for all of the senses. From the pool, surrounded by glass walls, we can admire the always infallible Eiffel Tower, and the charming Montmartre: it is the ideal place for those who like (or need) to slow down life and enjoy the best the City of Light has to offer.

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For those who have some energy, the journey continues in the fitness center, equipped with Kinesis machines – a market benchmark. Bathed in natural light, the gym is open throughout the day and personal trainers are on hand to prepare a series of unique exercises, specially designed to meet every guest’s needs. Prepared for weddings and tailored events, the hotel unfolds in endless possibilities, just do not interfere with the Zen atmosphere of the Spa by La Prairie and its eight treatment rooms – including a Russian Banïya one. Regardless of the service, visitors are always accommodated in a slightly heated bed, so they can relax from the first moment. Treatments begin with the sauna, to release tension and calm the members – especially those susceptible to stress points. To complete the experience, the best possible way, a ginger infusion is offered with lemon and honey to all guests and visitors so that they come out of the spa feeling refreshed and serene. Parents on duty can stay carefree: the spa offers everyone properly trained staff to entertain the kids at the Kids Club so that parents can enjoy the most of the experience without any distractions. Fro those still looking for “something more,” Le Bisrol offers hairstyling services for those “finishing touches.” Speaking of beauty, it is worth mentioning that while Narcissus lived and died because of his vanity, the Parisian hotel wrote itself a happier story — one with a better ending. The difference, in this case, is that beauty is all the way inside out.


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Enrico Marone

Enrico faz como a natureza e se transforma a cada estação da moda ao design de mobília, o Italiano recicla a si e ao mundo em novas cores e formas.

A Restless Mind

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“Uma vez que algo é realizado, é hora de avançar”

Se para a maioria dos arquitetos e designers a sustentabilidade é uma mera ferramenta de marketing, para Enrico Marone Cinzano esse conceito é o que move, genuinamente, todo o seu trabalho. E tal preocupação nada a tem a ver com modismos e marketing, porque essa veia ecológica lhe pulsou há tempos, bem antes da devoção absoluta ao design. Proveniente de uma família de empresários bem-sucedidos, como os criadores do vermute que leva seu sobrenome, Cinzano, o italiano investiu toda a herança administrativa na co-fundação da empresa Fashion Project Alabama, em 2011, junto à filmmaker Natalie Chanin e ao fotógrafo Paul Graves. A empresa era inovadora e primava por roupas manufaturadas lentamente, de baixa escala, utilizando-se de artesãos locais, altamente qualificados. “Esse projeto me mostrou que era possível aliar, com êxito, princípios sustentáveis aos comerciais”, contou em entrevista à Lifestyle.

“Percebi que, por meio do design, eu poderia desenvolver, ao mesmo tempo, algo atraente e positivo à natureza e ao ser humano”

A empresa, aclamada pela crítica, era, sem ele se dar conta, semente de um plano que estava por vir. Depois do sucesso de sua venda, era chegada a hora de abrir novas fronteiras. Viu nodesign uma forma poderosa de disseminar o conceito de sustentabilidade. Afinal, as pessoas estão o tempo todo rodeadas e interagindo com objetos, e passam grande parte do seu dia a dia em ambientes fechados. “Percebi que, por meio do design, eu poderia desenvolver, ao mesmo tempo, algo atraente e positivo à natureza e ao ser humano”, disse o empresário. Assim, em 2012, Marone Cinzano começou a desenhar uma coleção de móveis e luminárias inspirada na natureza e utilizando, como fazia com a moda, produtores locais e materiais sustentáveis. Incluiu, em sua série, a madeira pinus, metais reutilizados com pouco impacto ambiental (feitos a partir de um processo denominado de upcycling), cola caseira, entre outros produtos biossustentáveis. Não tardou para que suas ideias inovadoras materializadas em produtos primorosos ganhassem a crítica especializada. Na primavera europeia deste ano, seu nome já estava entre os grandes profissionais no anuário do Design Week de Milão. Até onde Enrico Marone Cinzano pode chegar? Ninguém sabe ao certo, mas ele dá o recado: “Uma vez que algo é realizado, é hora de avançar”.


Katie Sands

Founder of the successful lifestyle blog, HonestlyKate, and the name is definitely not a coincidence. She is all about authenticity stating that being honest entails sharing brands that align with her core values that she finds meaning in.

Honestly Inspiring, Honestly Amazing

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“I feel more confident in the mission and purpose I am putting out daily, but the bigger the brand grows the more work I am taking on. I am finding the balance between it all while trying my hardest to enjoy the ride.”

Katie Sands’ brand is all about being honest, to be honest about her journey as a young woman navigating the in and out of New York City, staying true to who she is and what she values no matter what kinds of obstacles show up along the way. She is the founder of the successful lifestyle blog, HonestlyKate, and the name is definitely not a coincidence. She is all about authenticity stating that being honest entails sharing brands that align with her core values that she finds meaning in. 

Though Sands has achieved great success, it didn’t happen overnight. She says, “it was and still continues to be an uphill battle with little fires that have to be extinguished along the way. I feel more confident in the mission and purpose I am putting out daily, but the bigger the brand grows the more work I am taking on. I am finding the balance between it all while trying my hardest to enjoy the ride.” We had a chance to chat with Katie about her daily routine and other aspects of her life that make her the person she is.

“As an entrepreneur, I have to constantly remind myself of the core reasons why I started to blog: my love for fashion and my passion for helping people be their truest selves. As long as you’re true to yourself and your ambitions, you will always be authentic”

First off, what is your go-to breakfast?
I am a big foodie and I am that person that wakes up starving. I usually start my day with a packed spinach smoothie and if I’m still hungry, I’ll make either sunny side up eggs or avocado toast. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with Shakshuka and have been having so much fun with it. Head to my What I Eat In A Day Video for more ☺

What is your go-to workout routine? 
My weekly workout routine consists of two to three days of Pilates and one day of either dance cardio or hot yoga. I have been taking private Pilates lessons with Gina de Pool at Flex Studios and it has really changed my life. I feel stronger, leaner, and more grounded mentally. I love to do workouts that not only move you physically but mentally as well. I am starting a series called “Moves For Your Mind” on my IGTV that will really focus on the movements you need to combat stress and anxiety.

Do you use supplements? What supplements and why?
I recently started to take supplements, but I am always on the fence with them. I am currently taking Tula’s new balanced beauty gummy vitamins for strong hair, skin, and nails. Every morning I always add a teaspoon of Spirulina Powder into my smoothie for a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory immune boost. I’m a big fan of CBD oils. It might be a total placebo effect but either way, it works for me to calm my energy and center my focus.

What are some of your favorite hair-care products? What are some hair-care tips for blondes?
I love this question because I recently went through an entire hair evolution. I have always had blonde hair but as I got older, I wanted to continue making it blonder and blonder…you know the drill. In any case, I have spent the last few years bringing my hair back to it’s healthier roots (pun intended) and have found products that work well in keeping my hair healthier, longer, and stronger. I only trust Aveda salons when it comes to any sort of color treatment or gloss. I love their products because they are natural plant based and don’t break my hair. For shampoo & conditioner, I have recently been using the Act+Acre products as I am trying to transition to a cleaner cleansing routine. For blondes, it’s important to use very little shampoo and ONLY ever condition the ends because a little goes a long way, and can way your hair down in a negative way. I also think with blondes it’s important to never stray too far away from your eyebrow color. I have and always will have darker brows, and when I went too blonde it was too big a contrast that it looked crazy. Now that I am closer to my natural color, I don’t worry about the maintenance of keeping up with coloring and I think I look a lot more relaxed and less forced overall.

What are some skincare products you cannot live without?
Where do I even begin? I absolutely love the First Aid Beauty Coconut Primer to put on either as a moisturizer, alone, or to set my makeup. I’ve been lathering my entire face with Sunday Riley’s C.E.O Glow, a vitamin c serum great for brightening the skin in the dead of winter. I have also been getting really into taking baths and I love all the J.R Watkins new line of bath and body washes. They smell incredible and I feel the immediate effects on my muscles.

People say that an outfit can really help boost confidence, what are three outfits in your closet right now that really boost your confidence?
Let’s face it, we all want to look good whether we’re on the subway, at a job interview, or just out for the night with our closest friends because you never know who you’ll run into. From the beginning, it’s been my goal to inspire girls to curate their own futures and let them in on my fashion and beauty secrets along the way. And what better place than New York to do it all?! The three outfits that really help put me help to brighten my mood are a bold colored power suit, I’m currently loving this pink set I have from Alice & Olivia. There is something so empowering about a suit set that makes me want to ring the bell at the NYSE all day long. The second outfit would be a long maxi dress paired with a leather jacket and biker boots. There is something so intriguing about a girl who dresses like a ballerina pop star, don’t you think? And my third and my go-to look is always a white t-shirt and high waisted Levis for anytime I need to feel like Kate Hudson in How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

What are some of your favorite restaurants and spas New York City?
Restaurants: JG Melon for the best burger in NYC, Mezzaluna for my all-time favorite Italian, and Raoul’s for a spicy date night. Spas: I love Tracie Martyn’s spa for a great facial, I also love WTHN and ORA for acupuncture, and for a mani/pedi you can always find me at GlossLab’s flatiron location.

What projects are you working on next?
I’m so excited to finally announce that I am moving back into hosting starting with Amazon Live, Amazon’s live streaming show. Hosting has been such an incredible way for me to mend both my love for fashion with my passion for theater. It gives me that outward energy and immediate adrenaline rush I so love and miss in the theater community while also giving me the opportunity to “play” myself and connect with my audience on a more authentic level.


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Grace Brea

She has worked to Bottega Veneta in both Milan and New York, Andrew Rosen at Theory and Helmut Lang, the Richemont Group, and Chanel.

Fashionable & Proud

“I am not a fan of the clicky mentality where everyone looks the same, dresses the same, has the same things. I love people watching and New York provides plenty of that. I also have a love/hate relationship with the pace here”

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From working in fashion to hospitality, and now design, Grace Brea is an industry veteran with more than experience to go around. Currently serving as the Brand Experience Director for both Artemest, a luxury Italian furniture and handmade decor company, and jewelry brand IPPOLITA, Brea has worked with the like of Bottega Veneta in both Milan and New York, Andrew Rosen at Theory and Helmut Lang, the Richemont Group and Chanel. The Miami native grew up in Latin America, went to school in Boston, and did her last semester in Paris. We had a chance to chat with Grace about how she’s gotten where she is today.

How did you start your career? 
I had a wonderful mentor who really helped open doors early in my career when I wanted to make the jump to client side (I was working for WPP at the time). She was involved with Tom Ford in the creation of the Gucci Group in the 90s. I had lived/worked in three different markets by then and spoke five languages, which I think also helped open some doors.

You have worked with luxury in Fashion, Hospitality and now Design and Jewelry. What are the trends you see for a successful relationship with customers in the next 5 years?
The importance of placing the client experience at the forefront of every interaction can’t be overstated. A decent product, design, and price point will bring someone to your brand once. But it’s the small details from that moment on that keep them coming back. Or not. There will always be a newer, shinier something popping up, but if a client can recall their experience with your brand fondly, it will keep them coming back. A lot of the decline in retail comes from that oversight.

” I spend more time curating the spaces around me than I do on myself, but like I said I love beautiful, well-crafted things which translate into how I dress. I’d say I’m for the most part minimal. Super feminine. Very into accessories, particularly earrings”

Grace

You have lived in different countries working in the fashion industry. Tell us a lesson you have learned from each different type of culture?
From the French, I learned to value and treasure beauty. From Italians, I learned a lot of patience, but most importantly the quality of life. Latin America I learned to multitask (a bit too much maybe). I also get all my heart and soul, my values and priorities from Latin culture. I couldn’t be more proud to be Latin.

What fuels you to live life?
Beautiful things and beautiful moments. Beauty elevates our experience here in the world. It excites the soul. That’s why when we see something beautiful (a baby, a painting, a building, a piece of furniture) we can’t help but smile a little. I also think it’s inevitable to have a deep appreciation for life when you travel throughout so many underdeveloped countries and see firsthand just how good we have it. How lucky we are solely because of where we born.

What do you do to slow down and relax at home?
I light candles and play music around the apartment. I’ll steam or draw a bath every so often while listening to a podcast. But nothing relaxes me like a good puzzle. It’s my ultimate meditation.

You are so stylish. Can you share a little about your personal aesthetic? How was it formed? Who are your influences and icons?
I spend more time curating the spaces around me than I do on myself, but like I said I love beautiful, well-crafted things which translate into how I dress. I’d say I’m for the most part minimal. Super feminine. Very into accessories, particularly earrings. Growing up with a Latin grandmother was definitely a big influence. One could never leave the house in sweats.

What do you love most about NYC?
It’s the least homogenous place in the world. I’m not a fan of the clicky mentality where everyone looks the same, dresses the same, has the same things. I love people watching and New York provides plenty of that. I also have a love/hate relationship with the pace here. The energy is electrifying and exciting, but can also wear you down if you’re not hyper conscious of it. I refuse to fall into the rat race.

What are your top 5 restaurants, cafes?
We’re major foodies. It’s hard to narrow down to 5 restaurants overall when I have at least 5 favorites within each cuisine type! New York provides that expansive, ever growing variety of choices it can be hard to remember where you ate last week. That being said, while we venture out to try new restaurants all the time, there’s a few we continue to return to because of the mix of food, ambiance, and friends. Here are some of my favorites right now: Verõnika – the new Stephen Starr is great. The space is stunning (the walls, the plates, the lighting) and the food is excellent. Sushia Yasuda—no need to reinvent the wheel. Estela – It’s in my neighborhood and I definitely don’t go as much as I’d like to. It never disappoints. For Italian, I love Via Carota. I was living on Grove Street when it opened. It’s such a quaint, charming space and the food always delivers. Bistrot Leo is a small gem in Soho by a Daniel Boulud alum. It’s consistent, delicious, comforting French cuisine and has a perfect wine list. It’s also one of my favorites in terms of design downtown.

What are some of your “best-kept secret” in New York City?
For entertaining friends, The Magician at the Nomad is top. I’ve been over five times and keep going back. Its small, intimate, sexy, super well produced. I love working with a recent Italian import (chef Pier Sando) for any event or dinner I host at home. He’s wildly creative and makes beautiful and delicious Italian menus. Hudson River Flowers makes stunning bouquets and their price point is not insulting. They make you want to gift flowers for any occasion. But my ultimate New York secret is getting away often enough in order to decompress and appreciate it more.


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Cheryl Eisen

The woman behind the work of setting up movie-worthy sets in mansions for sale.

Design Desire

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The woman behind the work of setting up movie-worthy sets, in mansions for sale. As a touch of magic, Cheryl combines architecture with fashion and style. With her art, she is able to sell millionaire properties in the blink of an eye

Known for breaking paradigms in a rather specific area, Cheryl Eisen has become a kind of celebrity, decorating scores of luxurious apartments with valuations of a minimum of 5 million dollars. Her principal setting for work is in New York, but the business that she created 12 years ago, Interior Marketing Group, has multiple different locations across the US.

As well as clients like Ivanka Trump, Kim Kardashian West, and John Legend. At 51 years old, Cheryl has won notoriety both within her specialized field of decoration and in the entertainment arena. She can frequently be seen on TV programs like Million Dollar Listing and Selling New York, as well as on the internet, showing off her latest decorations of some dreamy penthouse or simply talking about her day today.

“We have to quickly transform empty spaces into very luxurious and pleasant environments”

The main part of her work has to do with “staging,” or creating an alluring scene on a property that is for sale. Her multi-million dollar ventures make the eyes of potential investors pop. She brings a keen sense of style to engage with the customer, understanding what the personalities of potential buyers will be like. “It’s not easy,” says Cheryl.

It’s certainly a challenge, but with Cheryl’s experience in the area, few stand a chance of beating her. In addition to the process of creating deluxe environments, the agency has teams that assemble marketing material on the property and promote complete events, organizing everything from the ambiance to service.

The result makes a real impact. Cheryl claims she has seen many people cry when they first enter her spaces. And we’re talking about customers that are used to the most refined environments and events.

Cheryl owns a huge shed with hundreds of chairs, tables, rugs, cushions and every kind of furniture you can imagine. In addition, she has a huge collection of digitized works of art that, with the help of a giant machine, can be printed in time for any project.

Specialized professionals are in charge of giving the pieces their finishing touches, either by adding a brush of color to the pictures of the paintings, or covering an armchair with a fabric that is different from the original. Everything is done internally so that they waste nothing and can get the property ready on time, usually within one to two weeks.


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Christine & John Gachot

Mixing experiences, work, and married life – which includes two children and a dog – Christine and John Gachot have been able to work out a healthy and harmonious lifestyle.

L’Amour & Lines

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“We set our egos aside and involved our entire team on the project so that everybody could offer their best”

says John Gachot.

Mixing experiences, work, and married life – which includes two children and a dog – Christine and John Gachot have been able to work out a healthy and harmonious lifestyle. This, in turn, has allowed them to create more than just a company – but a true common life project. The pair have complementary work styles.

Christine takes a broader view, seeing the entirety of the project from above, while John gets enmeshed in the details. While Christine has more experience with hotels and restaurants, John has done a tremendous amount of work on home-oriented projects. Seven years ago, their complementary careers and the desire to be closer led the couple to create Gachot Studios. At John’s office at 594 Broadway in New York, the pair are developing strikingly modern projects, such as the interior design for the Glossier flagship brand store and Shinola Hotels‘ Detroit unit – a taste of how they can tell a historical story through design.

John is wildly creative and always an inspiration. I learn so much from him, we’re best friends

“We always think about how the individual who sleeps in that hotel or shops in that store uses the space and everything that surrounds it before starting a project. Our projects have a lot to do with lifestyle, they’re not there just to look beautiful,” adds Christine.

“Our projects have a lot to do with lifestyle, they’re not there just to look beautiful”

You both worked together a long time ago and then followed separate careers. How is it now, to have your own studio and work together?
It’s fun! I often say that my job comes with fringe benefits!!!! John is wildly creative and always an inspiration I learn so much from him but I simply like him, we’re best friends! We also have the absolute pleasure of working with many of our friends from our past careers so we all know each other. The support is amazing.


Does it affect your personal life?
We get to spend so much more time together, which is AMAZING! I feel like we spent half of our adult lives in separate parts of the world. As we all know traveling for business sounds very glamorous but it can get lonely. John is a great plane partner, his crossword game is on and he knows my take- off cocktail spec! The extra bonus is that on many occasions clients have been generous enough to invite the boys, that has been incredible for us all!


What is Gachot Studios DNA?
We say this all the time and we really mean it — our approach is project and client-specific. We don’t try to replicate a signature style for every project; it’s not about us. It’s about creating the best space for the situation and for the client. That being said, we definitely have design principles that influence the way our projects look; when you insist that spaces feel comfortable, welcoming, human — that creates a connective tissue throughout different projects.


In an interview, you said something about having a collaborative workspace, with everybody having ideas and no space for ego. For that to continue, do you have to stay the same size? Or do you both believe that the same energy will be present if the business grows?
When you bring new, disparate voices to the table – when you lift up a new talent and give credit where it’s due – everybody wins. A larger team means more perspectives, and that’s a good thing. Of course, you need to edit. You need to guiding vision. But size is definitely not an inhibitor of innovation or good, collaborative design.


Do you consider Gachot Studios somewhere between an art company and a more traditional design firm? Not so wild, but not so standardized.
We employ creatives across a range of disciplines. There are many talented designers and architects, but also art directors and branding people. Having lots of different expertise under one roof informs the product — rounds it out. It also makes us more efficient at communicating our ideas to crucial partners in the design process, and the client themselves.


How do you both see design these days?
CG: Collaborative and Social Awareness comes to mind! Clients are so knowledgeable, design and architecture have become familiar in our language. What I enjoy the most about what I do is the interaction between people, the team, the clients, our peers so opening up the forum is very exciting. It’s certainly holding all far more accountable. Developers care, they’re not just putting up a building, they’re investing in the community, the skyline and hopefully in the global environment!


Photos: Aline Velter