The mastermind of marquee hospitality projects—such as the luxe hotel Royal Evian on Lake Geneva and a handful of top restaurants in France—interior architect François Champsaur is known for his trademark quiet luxury and relaxed French elegance.
In a compact two-bedroom apartment, which looks onto the gardens of the Picasso Museum in the Marais, Champsaur found everything he wanted. “This is a 17th-century building with high ceilings," he says. "This is not a showroom; everything is personal and from my collections.” Champsaur, who, before moving in, opened a few walls, is from Marseilles, so his work is infused with light and color. He is also influenced by Italian style, much like fellow designer Ettore Sottsass.
Inside, the space feels light and easy. “It's like I’m in the country," he remarks. "Nothing too formal—I move things around. This is a place that lives and for me, that is freedom.”
The apartment is marked by splashes of color, via the carefully arranged artworks and a bold green entrance. A visitor is met by arrangements of the homeowner's collection of plasterworks that he sources at the flea market and through various dealers. “I love the movement of the forms and the material, which is simple," he says. "They are like drawings and the white captures the light beautifully.” Asked to elaborate on his style, he hesitates a bit. “I guess the words to describe my approach would be that everything must resonate," he says. "Very chic and pulled together, but there is always something a bit offhand—even if on purpose.”
Champsaur, too, is calm and composed, despite having quite a bit on his plate. In addition to his commercial projects and a line of lighting and furniture with Pouenat, he has recently finished working on a new Edition hotel in Madrid alongside Ian Schrager. He is also collaborating with French architect Rudy Ricciotti on a project of some 60 apartments in Monaco. Champsaur is also the new president of Design Parade 2019 in Interior Architecture, following in the footsteps of AD100 designer Pierre Yovanovitch.
Remarking on the lofty post, Champsaur says, “I want to think about nature and our environment and present collaborations which address these issues—I want to talk about how we are going to live and how are we going to design.” A fitting comment from the proprietor of a home that defines such ambitions.
A Stylish Paris Flat That Defines Understated Luxury
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest