In this article, Best Design Guides will introduce you to the Maison et Objet September 2017 designer of the year, Tristan Auer. After training with the greatest names in interior and product design (Christian Liaigre and Philippe Starck), Tristan Auer has developed his own style: bespoke creations, featuring a bold combination of classical references and avant-garde design. Named Designer of the Year for the September 2017 edition of Maison et Objet, Tristan Auer has imagined the scenography for a stand dedicated to his work in Hall 8.
A worldwide celebrated career
In 2002, Tristan Auer built his own company – Izeu. Since then, he has shown his enormous understanding of the ever-demanding world of luxury and has completed a huge number of projects worldwide: transforming and renovating exclusive hotels, including Les Bains and the Hotel de Crillon in Paris, designing private villas and apartments in Paris, New York, London, on the island of Mustique and in Oman, imagining showrooms and stands for prestigious brands (Cartier), collaborating with design brands – Pouenat, Contardi, Holly Hunt, Taillardat, Christophe Delcourt, Ozone, etc. He has also consulted for a number of real estate and hotel companies, to help them strengthen their brand image through luxury and French wisdom.
Creating one-of-a-kind designs
For Tristan Auer, his job is all about creating an outstanding ambiance for each project, an interior that sparks emotion and connects with its owners – as opposed to reproducing one successful recipe. No rules, no preconceived ideas, no prejudice. The only things that really matter are listening to the clients, being considerative to their lifestyles, keeping in mind space, volume and light. Then comes the time for drawings and research on materials, a necessary step to tell a new tale. And in the underlining all of that is his desire to design a variety of atmospheres, each offering a distinct experience, depending on his mood and impulse.
Harmony built on miasmas
With a meticulous and bold approach, Tristan Auer mixes styles and eras, expensive and cheap pieces, bold and more faded colors. To him, harmony comes from miasma; the key is in the rhythm, as with music. To design his audacious, couture-like interiors, Tristan Auer surrounds himself with the best artisans, whose unique know-how certainly contributes to the influence of French style on the international scene. This is perhaps best exemplified by his renovation of the Hotel de Crillon, for which he only collaborated with French companies and took great care in distributing the work fairly among the various artisans so everyone could show their very best work.
A passionate man
Driven by his passion for vintage cars and road trips – which to him suggest a sense of timelessness –, Tristan Auer customises the interiors of vehicles like he would do in hotels or private residences: door pockets lined with cashmere, nubuck ceilings, dashboards sheathed in matt leather and matching bags, to instal real emotions at all times.
Projects for 2017-2019
Living two lives rather than one, Tristan Auer is always on the move. At any given time, he is always involved in an astonishing number of projects: the renovation of the Hotel de Crillon due to be completed during the summer of 2017, a new building for a renowned champagne brand in Reims, two private villas in St Barts and another two in Paris, a hotel on the island of Mustique and another one in Le Marais, as well as several objects.
2017 Maison et Objet Paris Designer of the Year
2015 Sleeper – 3 Awards for l’Hôtel Les Bains
2014 AD France: listed as one of the 10 best interior designers
2014 Talent de la Séduction award, by the Centre du Luxe et de la Création
2013 Penninghen Award
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Source: Maison et Objet