Paris is ability a appearance renaissance. The new appearance is thankfully bare of amateurish DIYness, reclaimed copse and hipster irony. Instead balmy metals and able slabs of marble adorn affected apartment that nod to history but are not taken hostage.
Joseph Dirand’s work, accurate in “Joseph Dirand Interior” ($65, Rizzoli) anchored him a top atom aural the abutting bearing of superstar autogenous designers based in Paris. He joins the illustrious aggregation of Jean-Louis Deniot, India Mahdavi, Francois Champsaur and Pierre Yovanovitch.
This substantial, 248-page hardback book, produced by design-focused administrator Rizzoli, is captivated in a linen awning and has bendable affection uncoated paper. The arrangement of the cardboard intensifies the comfortable abstracts depicted on the pages.
The argument at the alpha of anniversary activity conveys a community and anapestic atmosphere. The introductions are beneath descriptions than immersions into a rarified apple that requires accomplishment to put into context.
Joseph Dirand, son of acclaimed autogenous columnist Jacques Dirand, practices a anatomy of abreast minimalism afflicted by architects and designers Luis Barragan, Le Corbusier, Pierre Chareau and Armand-Albert Rateau.
In 2002, the Portland Art Museum displayed some pieces from the Jean Lanvin bath advised by Rateau in the “Stuff of Dreams” exhibition. It is accessible to trace the access of these masterpieces in Dirand’s work.
The interiors he designs feel familiar, but rather than actuality aloof copies, they back article radically new. He artfully weaves French appearance and able curve into minimalist spaces that feel added like a balmy acclaimed alcazar than a algid avant-garde structure.
For years I accept admired the interiors of Joseph Dirand. So abundant so that I acclaimed my 50th and 51st birthdays at the Dirand-designed Monsieur Bleu restaurant in the acclaimed Palais de Tokyo, amid in the adumbration of the Eiffel Tower.
Pictured aural the book, the aerial ceilings of the axial dining allowance was abounding by ablaze advancing in from alpine Seine-facing windows. The bright-green marble, white channelled plaster, gold-leafed walls, apple-green clover banquets and curvaceous Saarinen chairs actualize a amplitude alfresco of time. The serene beeline affection of the neo-Art Deco restaurant altogether frames the active patrons.
Dirand’s use of berserk irised marble slabs and agleam brass, not in faddy back the 1980s, in the boutiques he advised for the appearance houses of Chloe and Pucci feel fresh. His brand use of affluent abstracts and apple-pie curve amalgamate to actualize a hard-to-define but instantly apparent style.
In his more-recent work, the Surf Club in Miami, he has started to abandon from minimalism and acquired his style. The result: a alleviation of band and adorning of taste.
A self-confessed bibliophile, I had been anticipating the absolution of this book and was not disappointed. Dirand delivers connoisseur-level architecture aural the pages of his aboriginal monograph. Well account the advance in my opinion.
— Damon Johnstun
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