INTERVIEW In your opinion, what should the role of designer be when drawing up plans for a hotel (although in this case, of course, we’re talking about a renovation)?
The designer’s input must above all aim to be totally in tune with its location; this can be achieved only through careful analysis of the context of the design. Hotels are places where you have to be able to breathe and where light therefore plays a hugely important role. At the same time, they have to meet the needs of what is often a diverse clientele, not necessarily just the elite. From this point of view, they can’t be pretentious; they have be as comfortable as the ‘cocoon’ that is home: somewhere with a familiar feel to it where you can relax. As far as I’m concerned, I much prefer a pragmatic approach with any design, one that always lets me give rein to my creativity. I always try to marry beauty and practicality to give as many people as possible a pleasurable experience, sometimes even a magical one.
In your view, what different levels of interaction should a hotel be able to offer its guests?
A hotel is chiefly a transit area. The best hotels are those that manage to make their guests instantly feel they belong there, making them immediately feel at home. So the designer has to adopt an anthropocentric approach. The human being becomes the only subject to work around; the welcome, the service, the style, the courtesy and the culture of the place revolve entirely and exclusively around the guest. The quality of a hotel is judged by the sum total of the details that make it what it is, just like a product on sale. It’s the same with anything: the difference is always in the detail!
What importance do you attach to the involvement of local businesses in a design and, thinking in more general terms, to an approach based on sustainable development?
A hotel, or generally any building, is nothing more than an extension of its geographical position. This is especially the case with urban environments. Getting the design to integrate with the fabric of the city is very important to me. Actually, to my mind it’s essential that local people and local businesses are involved in the design phase. In my opinion, only if there’s a synergy with the resources of a given area can you weave in the local skills and culture necessary for the design to fit the existing context. The concept of sustainable development has pretty much become part of our collective consciousness; it’s in my mind at every stage of the creative process, from the choice of materials to their processing and use. I often consult the HQE (High Quality Environmental standard) experts in order to get as much as possible out of the research that my colleagues and I carry out into materials, lighting, choice of heating and ventilation systems, etc. I strongly believe, however, that sustainable development is, above all, a way of living and something that calls for radical change in our society.

What made you decide on ceramic tiling, and in particular Lea Ceramiche’s Masterplan range, used extensively in your design for the hotel?
I was looking for a contemporary mineral material, a neutral finish with a welcoming feel but at the same time discreet, one that was monochrome but didn’t fade into the background, that still had a strong presence. The Masterplan porcelain stoneware adapts perfectly to any area, giving a warm, contemporary touch, a welcoming and reassuring finish that you might not otherwise expect. With Masterplan, Lea Ceramiche have managed to transform the cold quality generally associated with mineral materials into a magical and convivial design ingredient.
What do you see as being the added value in Hotel Sofitel di Lione?
It’s a hotel whose heart beats in rhythm with the city, an extremely friendly and welcoming place, like the management. The Manager is a public figure in the true sense of the word; he resolved to make the hotel a genuine meeting place, one that is truly alive. Hotels are meeting places and market places par excellence, but not all of them manage to fit the mould of their surroundings as Sofitel, Lyon does.


French Stores Design, Ed.Ici Consultants 2007
Patrick Norguet,Design&Designer Ed. Pyramyd.
Newest chairs Masterpiece Collection of the 21st Century.
Design Secrets Saville/Stoddard Ed.Rockport.
Spoon, Phaidon design book.
The International Design Yearbook 2002.
The International Design Yearbook 2003.
The International Design Yearbook 2004.
Who’s who in France 2003 .
Who’s who in France 2004.
Designers on Design by Conran.

France :
ELLE, ELLE déco, L’ Express mag, Maison Française, Résidences, Jalouse, Numéro, Madame Figaro, Archi design, Marie Claire Maison, Paris Match, Figaro, Le Point, France soir, Archicrée, DS magasine, Intramuros,
Le Monde…
Italie :
Casa Vogue, ELLE decor, ELLE, Interni, Ottagono
Grande Bretagne :
Wallpaper, ELLE Decoration, Nview, Weekend F.Times
Washington Post, New York Times, House and Garden, ID, Hamptons Magazine, Métropolis Interiors…


Furniture designer of the year 2009, Wallpaper.
DesignPlus awards for MONO collection designed for Flaminia
Designer of the year 2005 “NOW 2005, Maison et Objets”.
“Paris Capitale de la création” : Distinction prize, design section.
Permanent collection of the Museum Of Modern Art of New York.
Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art of Miami.
Elle Deco, International Design Awards.
Permanent collection to the Art Museum of Philadelphia.


Conception of the chair « Stil chair » Ed Lapalma, Milan.
Conception of the stool bar « Stil stool » Ed Lapalma, Milan.
Conception of the armchair « Scratch » Ed Cappellini, Milan.
Conception of the chair « Stem chair » Ed Crassevig, Milan.
Conception of the sofa « Wing » Ed. Fasem, Milan.
Conception of the sofa sofa « Lear » Ed. Modus, Uk.
Wallpaper design awards 09 designer of the year.
Conception the sofa sofa « Manhattan » Ed. Artifort, Hollande.
Hotel Sofitel, Accor, Lyon.
Restaurant « SILK », Accor,Lyon.
Bar « SILK bar » Accor, Lyon.
New concept shop Marithé&François Girbaud, Paris.
Collection of sanitariy ceramic « Plat » Ed Flaminia, Italy.

Lobby and Lobby bar, Sofitel, Lyon.
Restaurant SILK Sofitel, Lyon.
Conception of the “Arche coffee table”, Ed. Poltrona Frau, Milan.
Conception of the “Flavia beed”, Ed. Poltrona Frau, Milan.
Conception of the “Fold coffee table”, Ed. Modus, U.K.
Conception of the “Rest armchair”, Ed. Fasem, Milan.
Conception of the “Bend armchair”, Ed. Fasem, Milan.
Conception of the “Bend armchair”, Ed. Fasem, Milan.
Conception of the “Pixel stool”, Ed. Lapalma, Milan.
New concept shop Marithe François Girbaud, Paris.

Hotel and restaurant Sofitel Lyon, Accor.
Concept Suithotel, Accor.
Collection of sanitariy ceramic « Mono & Noke » Ed Flaminia, Italy.
Conception of sofa collection Ed.Silvera, Paris.
Conception of chair and armchair Ed Lapalma, Italy.
Conception of « Tori table» Ed, Frighetto ,Italy
Conception of sofa Ed, Artifort, Netherland.
Conception of the armchair « Rhea », Frighetto, Italy.
New concept hotel Suitehotel, ACCOR, Paris.
Concept Store PETIT BATEAU, Paris.

Conception of the « Nao stool » Ed. Silvera, Paris.
Conception of the « Two C » table Ed. Silvera, Paris.
Conception of the « Carl table » Ed. Silvera , Paris.
Conception of the « Folio » Ed.Silvera, Paris.
Boutique LANCEL, Champs Elysées, Paris.
Conception of the “f117 chair”, Ed. Thonet-Vienna, Milan.
Conception of a system strorige units “variazioni”, Ed Thonet-Vienna, Milan.
Conception of the “Lilla stool”, for Artifort, Netherland.
Conception of tne “Sidney” sofa, for frighetto, Milan.
Conception of the “Iso sofa”, for Estel, Italy.
Conception of the “Lampon” lamps, Ed. Véronese, Paris.
Conception of the “Net” lamps, Ed. Véronese, Paris.

Boutique LANCEL Tokyo, Japon.
Van Cleef and Arpels stand for SIHH, Geneva, Switzerland.
Boutique LANCEL Galerie Lafayette, Paris
Boutique LANCEL Printemps, Paris.
Show room RENAULT, Paris.
Personal exhibition, Designer of the year “NOW”, “MAISON ET OBJET”.
Furniture, Propagang, Paris.
Conception of the “Boson armchair”, for Artifort, Netherland.
Conception of the “Sleep bed”, for Frighetto, Milan.

Boutique LANCEL Champs-Elysées, Paris.
Show room RENAULT, Paris.
Conception of luggage and bag collection for LANCEL, Paris.
Conception of “Lex sofa”, Milan 2005.
Group exhibition, Corian-DuPont De Nemours “Pintable”, Designers Days 2004, Paris.
Conception of the “Orly sofa”, for Bernhardt design New York, USA.
Furniture Artifort, Netherland.
Furniture Storage Liv’It, Milan.
Van Cleef and Arpels stand for SIHH, Geneva, Switzerland.
Personal exhibition, showroom Renault, Paris.

Seating system, Bernhardt, USA.
Event architecture for RENAULT (TOKYO car show 2003), Tokyo.
Conception of Cosmetic products for J.P GAUTIER, Paris.
Conception of a packaging line for scent body products
Conception of a “Pintable” for Cappellini, Milan.
Conception of “Little Apollo” for Artifort, Netherlands.
Conception of a ”Seau à champagne” in silver ”Chin Chin”, for De Vecchi, Milan.
Conception of a carpets collectionCarpets for Pantone carpets, Germany.
New architectural concept for RENAULT retail spaces, Paris.
Conception of a metal and glass lamp sytem for NEMO, for Cassina group, Milan.
Group exhibition ”la scène française du design” Institut Français, Koln.Group exhibition “ Habiter la Lumiére” Centre Culturel Français de Milan, Milan.
Group exhibition “digital print” Abet Laminat, Milan.
Conception of a “Clara” Lamp and “Toric” collection lamps, for Tronconi, Milan.
Conception of a ceramic collection tableware “Ring”, for Artoria, Paris.
Event architecture for RENAULT (car show) Sao Paulo.
Event architecture for RENAULT (car show) Brussels.
Conception of a armchair “Apollo”for Artifort, Netherlands.
Conception of “What’s Up” seating system, for Artifort, Netherlands.
Conception of “Seo” low table, for Liv’it, Milan.
Seating system for the group exhibition “Moroso Off-Scale”, Milan.
Household silver objects, De Vecchi, Milan.
Conception of ceramic collection, for Artoria , Paris.
Permanent scenography for the Marithé et François GIRBAUD retail store, Paris.
Layout for the Van Cleef & Arpels space at the “Salon de la Haute Joaillerie”, Geneva.
International window scenography, Van Cleef and Arpels.

Group exhibition ICFF Felissimo design 21, NY.
Scenography Le Printemps, Paris.
“Rive Droite” seating systems, chairs & sofas, with Emilio Pucci fabrics, Cappellini, Milan.
“Empty” polyurethane tables & low tables, Cappellini, Milan.
Conception of “Ancolie” vases and bowls, for Artoria, Paris.
International window scenography, Van Cleef and Arpels.
International window scenography, Givenchy.
Group exhibition, Paris Furniture Fair.
Boutique layout Marithé et François GIRBAUD, Paris.
Competition for the Barcelona RENAULT event architecture (car show).

Conception of a plastic chair “Rainbow”, for Cappellini, Milan
Group exhibition, Paris Furniture Fair.
Scenography for the Marithé et François GIRBAUD retail store, Paris.
Scenography, Givenchy, Paris.

Ceramic scent diffuser, Esteban, Paris.
Objects made by Lampes Berger, Paris.
“Ancolie” ceramic vase, Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.
Boutique Furniture, Martine Sitbon, Paris.
Scenography for Louis Vuitton America’s Cup, Paris.
Window scenography, Yves Saint Laurent, Paris.
Lamp, Cambrai Chrome, Paris.
Group exhibition : VIA Permanent Calls .
Candle systems ,Point à la Ligne, Paris.
Window scenography, Christian Dior, Paris.

Window scenography, Lanvin, Paris.
Window scenography, Louis Vuitton, Paris.
Boutique Furniture Louis Vuitton, Paris.
Window scenography, Guerlain, Paris.
Mobile phone prospective study, Alcatel Paris .
Cosmetics line project, Paloma Picasso, Paris.
Scenography for Martine Sitbon, Paris.