Now here’s a good idea: an elegant website created in collaboration with 29 top French interior designers to offer furniture and home accessories previously only available to design professionals and a very restricted clientele. With a roster of creatives that includes colour maverick India Mahdavi and Jean-Louis Deniot, whose ultra-slick interiors grace the Coco Chanel suite at the Ritz Paris, this is design heaven for anyone who appreciates a French focus on aesthetics and craftsmanship.
“It’s called The Invisible Collection because no one could previously order these designs,” explains Anna Zaoui, who co-founded the site with fellow Gallic creatives Isabelle Dubern and Lily Froehlicher. Each piece is made to order; some are limited editions, while others can be customised on request. Standout examples include the silk velvet-upholstered Eléphant armchair (£5,150) by Jérôme Faillant-Dumas, whose oversized “ears” create a personal hideaway, and Karen Chekerdjian’s chic Vague bench (£13,070), with wave-like metal legs holding up a wooden frame and leather or fabric cushions. The Webwood Table (£35,940) by Fabrice Ausset champions established French expertise with straw marquetry, while Piotr Sierakowski’s Autumne wardrobe (£22,380) combines timbers such as purpleheart, pear and ebony in a bold marquetry design.
There’s also an unusual selection of rugs, including the leafy, hand-knotted wool/silk Nazar (£1,380 per sq m) by Atelier Février, and a small selection of wallpaper featuring the likes of Michaël Cailloux’s arresting Noctambule (limited edition, £122 per sq m; £70 per 40cm x 50cm sheet), with its repeats of peacocks, pelicans and insects. Topping the array of innovative lighting is an alluringly angular Convergence table lamp (£14,585) by Damien Langlois-Meurinne, in alabaster and polished brass with a pine base.
The site is updated with new pieces every fortnight and is pleasingly easy to navigate by category or designer. Further browsing reveals a magazine-like approach, with profiles of featured designers offering interviews and glimpses into their latest interiors. And there is an open invitation (via an online form) to challenge the site’s curators to find specific pieces for your own home.
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