An industrial designer, Dorothée trained at Strate School of Design and at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied toy design. She worked in Paris for five years then decided, aged just 27, to set up her own design studio, carried by the momentum of her first project, the interior design for the Prescription Cocktail Club in Paris (Saint-Germain-des-Près).
The multipurpose agency CHZON opened in summer 2009. With a researcher’s mind, always seeking out new trends, Dorothée takes her inspiration from everything around her, especially from the great names in decor: Madeleine Castaing, Dorothy Draper, Fornasetti, David Hicks, Gio Ponti, Charles and Ray Eames and François-Xavier Lalanne.
She always wishes to work as closely as possible with craftsmen, to create unique pieces and to highlight hand-made creation. Decorators, joiners, marble masons, and their like have all the expertise that allows them to create a unique, timeless decor that everyone can make their own. Among the places she has designed in Paris, there is now the very fine Hôtel Paradis and the Café Pinson in the 10th arrondissement, and in the 1st, the Beef Club, the Ballroom and the Fish Club. In the 2nd, we have Mojo, in the 6th, the Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels. She has also designed interiors in London, New York and Ibiza. A hotel and numerous bars and restaurants that bear little resemblance, but which are all united by the same atmosphere.
She is currently finishing the design of Hôtel Panache and the Grand Pigalle Hôtel, both in the 9th arrondissement, and has also started working on the decor of the four-star Hôtel Bachaumont, located in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, which is due to open in May 2015.