Meeting with Simon Kerbiriou, Interior Designer for Mon Maître Carré
We met Simon Kerbiriou, Interior Designer for My Maître Carré to learn more about the way he does his job on a daily basis. Passionate about his job, Simon talks about his career, his different projects and his design influences… An inspiring meeting!
What is your background and why did you choose to become an interior designer?
After completing a scientific baccalaureate, I took a refresher course in applied arts and then went on to complete a BTS in Space and Volume Communication Design, a multi-disciplinary course which enabled me to tackle a number of different areas, from creation in space to scenography, including window design, packaging and graphic design. I didn’t want to specialise in a specific field, considering that they feed each other and that specialisation is not acquired at school but in the field, in a constantly evolving area. I finally chose interior design, which I think is the field where my creativity is best expressed. I like the idea of creating universes by composing with the existing and the constraints which, whether they are budgetary or technical, act as a sort of guide for our creativity.
What is your working method and what are the elements to take into account at the beginning of a project?
In my opinion, the most important thing is to understand the client’s personality, to understand his “inner world”, a bit like a psychoanalyst, who can understand the client’s aspirations from a simple sentence or image This is why architects and decorators need to keep a constant watch in all areas, to increase our field of possibilities and the chances that the universe developed for a project will correspond to that of the client. This monitoring is a job that never really stops and that we do more or less consciously The notion of budget is also to be taken into account, because it is this that will guide our choices in terms of materials, furniture and finishes.
Dining room by Simon Kerbiriou
What type of clients do you work with?
For the moment, mainly with private individuals. I also have an office design project for a Parisian start-up company in progress. Eventually, I would like to work on larger projects such as hotel lobbies. This kind of project is the ideal playground for designing spaces that are impressive in their size and scenographic character. I want to create spaces where the body and mind are free to wander as they please.
What has been your most exciting project and why?
My most exciting project was a study for Mon Maître Carré, a mansion in the north of France. It was a large-scale project that allowed me to experiment with new ways of designing space by mixing old elements, which take into account the historical character of the place, with radically opposed elements, ranging from ultra-modern lighting to geometric structures straight out of a science fiction film. Conceived as a timeline, this project is a collision between eras, giving the impression of evolving in a heterogeneous art gallery where past, present and future are mixed.
Why did you choose to work with Mon Maître Carré and what does it does it bring you?
During my web research I came across the website Mon Maître CarréI liked the concept because I am not very good at communicating and, when you start a freelance activity, finding clients can quickly become a headache Mon Maître Carré has the merit of offering us a large and varied pool of projects which allows us to concentrate on the more stimulating aspects of our profession. It is then up to us to distinguish ourselves by our sensitivity and expertise The principle of putting three architects in competition with each other is a step in the right direction and encourages us to go beyond the call of duty, to discover new products, construction principles and materials likely to please our clients The interesting thing is that we have access to the designs of our competitors at the end of a competition, which allows us, winners and losers alike, to “feed” on the vision and creative process of other architects for our future projects.
Bedroom by Simon Kerbiriou
What is your latest project?
The project to convert a studio into a master suite, in a style that is both elegant and modern. This project, conceived as a cocoon in the heart of Paris, opens the view on the city and is inspired by the suites of Parisian palaces, where noble and warm materials meet.
Who are your favourite designers and why?
I particularly like the work of Poul Henningsen, especially his lighting fixtures, which are imagined as light-reflecting machines. Influenced by the urban scene of the 1920s and based on extensive scientific study and the advent of the electricity fairy, he is one of the best representatives of that new period when artificial light changed our perception of nightlife forever. He was a prolific creator in many other fields such as architecture, musical composition or writing and was able to highlight the bridges existing between all these disciplines
1- Glass and brass coffee table by Willy Daro – 1970 2- Rotating suspension lamp by Henri Mathieu – 1970 3- Artifort “Tongue” armchair in red fabric by Pierre Paulin – 1960 4- RS25 vintage floral suspension lamp by Cadovius – 1960 5- Red copper suspension lamp by Johannes Hammerborg – 1960