Colourful Spaces With India Mahdavi
Since the opening of her design studio in 2000, India Mahdavi develops interiors that evoke a sense of colour and happiness through creative spaces.
In 2003, she launched her first furniture collection and in 2011 she opened her ‘Petits Objets’ boutique as a place to promote a range of crafts and ancestral techniques as well as her signature colour palette.
In 2020, she opens a third space which is halfway between a window and a gallery. Unique pieces, limited editions, cartes blanches, exclusive collaborations… the programme evolves with the space, crossing lines and perspectives — in a tribute to craftsmanship.
Born in Iran, and based in Paris, the designer takes any material ranging from wood, ceramics, metal and lacquer and combines them into playful and captivating interiors and magnificent home decor.
The Villa Des Alyscamps
The Villa Des Alyscamps remodels the hospitable retreat to an ideal; in this mineral and spacious environment, India Mahdavi infused modernity and colour as she played with patterns, tones and textures. Set within the former convent of Saint Honorat Church, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site that Mahdavi decorated with a mix of vintage and contemporary furnishings. There’s a host of midcentury rattan to keep things cozy plus pieces by avant-garde designers like Marteen Bass for a bit of edge. Even the bathroom is inspired, with psychedelic wallpaper and Zellige tiles providing a backdrop to Mahdavi’s curvy stools and basin.
Ladurée Beverly Hills
Ladurée Beverly Hills is a sweet garden that celebrates the mixed use of the French groves and ‘Gourmandise’; India Mahdavi defined a language and a three-dimensional identity which resumes the notion of the garden with a lattice, a pastel colour pallet that alludes to maracons and a checkered floor that evokes a winter garden. Mahdavi has amplified the conservatory vibe by covering the walls in white latticework punctuated by giant, mirrored flowers that come alive in the sunlight.
Along with banquettes covered in pale green leather, she has deployed her version of Gio Ponti’s classic high-back wicker chair, reimagined with pale pink leather pads. “The sweetness of the design nods to the history of Ladurée and its French heritage,” Mahdavi explains. “But it also feels very contemporary—and very California.”
Le Germain was India Mahdavi‘s first project in Paris, opening its doors in 2009; the restaurant revives the Parisian bistro creatively and recreationally with a pixelated floor and a graphically illuminated ceiling, anis green and orange tones around a 5-meter yellow metal statue. Blue, yellow, green, the colors are orchestrated by the great India Mahdavi that mixes genres and eras.
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