Inside The Interior Design World of Humbert & Poyet ⇒ Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet are the two names behind Humbert & Poyet, a design duo that strives for low-key luxury architecture. It was in 2007 that the design enthusiasts decided to join forces and provide a full range of services, from construction to interior design. They both studied in Paris, the former as a state-qualified architect (Paris-Belleville National School of Architecture graduate) and the latter as a CFAI interior designer (Académie Charpentier graduate). Best Design Guides brings you more about the design duo.
Their projects focus on elegant and meticulous designs to create timeless spaces using premium materials such as stone, wood and bronze. Naturally, the most important thing is to reflect the client’s personality and respect the soul of the site.
Humbert & Poyet put their stamp on public worksites with their expert choice of materials, lighting design or their ability to showcase a space and set the scene for the client to take centre stage. “We communicate constantly throughout a project. Our symbiosis forms the foundations of our projects and ensures the space that we’ve imagined works,” says Christophe Poyet.
Interior Design Projects
Humbert & Poyet launched their latest interior design project, Beefbar Paris, which is just a few steps away from the Champs-Elysées. Located where the Fermette Marbeuf used to be, Beefbar Paris’ project started with an unexpected discovery: a room in the purest Art Nouveau style but heavily damaged: sectioned arches, pilasters, friezes and missing enamelled ceramic panels… The restoration became obvious. This is why the architects Humbert & Poyet gathered the best artisans: staffor, mirror manufacturer, painter, decorator, etc.
This historical and aesthetic anchorage inspired the interior designers, accustomed to creating chic and quirky atmosphere, contrast between old and extremely contemporary, a love game between sobriety and eccentricity. Thus, Beefbar Paris was designed as a traditional, comfortable and refined brasserie where the Art Nouveau and Art Deco contrast with the industrial-like ceiling and the black and minimal exterior woodworks.
The Hoxton Paris
Humbert & Poyet were the ones responsible with the 171 rooms of The Hoxton, mixing a classic Parisian feel with a 1950s-atmosphere reminiscent of small industrial workshops. The cornices, wainscoting, and herringbone parquet evoke the building’s original grandeur. The Lampe Gras lamps, woven metallic partitions, classic 1950s materials like Formica, and references to designers such as Jean Prouvé and Mathieu Matégo connect these spaces to their history. This dialogue across time is reflected in how the bathrooms are designed as independent units: multifunctional boxes framed by metalwork that can be used as a wardrobe or desk. As the decorators emphasise, “the room decor pays homage to French artisanal expertise from two very important periods in Parisian history: the late 19th century and the 1950s”.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into their interior design world!