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India Mahdavi – Day 4

The interior designer ricochets between a gyrotonic class, gourmet feasting in Saint-Germain-des-Prés and a gallery opening

 India Mahdavi – Day 4

January 18 2013
India Mahdavi

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I start the day with a private yoga/gyrotonic class; it feels so good to spend a whole hour focusing on stretching and positioning my body.

In the office, I settle a few administrative issues, which are always too much for me – still, they must be done. I look at my schedule for next week: there are lots of very interesting exhibition openings and arts events – Marjane Satrapi at Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, a dinner with Frank Gehry for the launch of his fish lamps, and a new exhibition at Galerie Kreo.

I have lunch with my parents (who I really don’t see enough of) at Le Germain, in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. I designed the restaurant a few years ago for Thierry Costes and whenever I go I am always especially pleased to see Sophie, a huge yellow sculpture split between two floors, by Xavier Veilhan.

On my way back to the office, I make a quick stop at my favourite shop, Sennelier, to stock up on special marker pens for my book signing at Maison & Objet tomorrow.

The afternoon is dedicated to being creative: designing the cover of the English version of my book, Home, and working on the layout of a new hotel project in Paris. I usually work alone in my office, listening to music, such as Mohsen Namjoo. I draw the old-fashioned way – on tracing paper with my pens – as I don’t like to use computers for this phase of the creative process. Once I have something tangible, I will pass it on to my senior designers, with whom I discuss and improve the design. We usually have creative afternoons such as these twice a week to review all the projects we are working on.

Later in the evening, I attend the book signing of a friend, the lawyer Hervé “Roi du Barreau” Temime, who has just published La Défense dans la Peau. I then head to the In Situ gallery for the opening of Andrea Blum’s exhibition, followed by a dinner at Paul, on Place Dauphine, with a few friends I haven’t seen since 2012.

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