Paris- and New York–based designer Pierre Yovanovitch has a knack for making every element in his interiors feel effortless. You can chalk it up to a past life as a menswear designer for the late, great Pierre Cardin. You can attribute it to his obsession with materials and history. You might even ascribe it to the simple fact that he is French. But we would argue that much of this je ne sais quoi emanates from his bespoke furnishings, which combine luxe materials, quality craftsmanship, and sometimes even a touch of humor (just see his cuddly Papa Bear chair).
Today, the ELLE DECOR A-List designer is making furniture a permanent pillar of his design practice with the launch of a brand-new company, Pierre Yovanovitch Mobilier. The announcement is accompanied by the reveal of a 45-piece collection of lighting, seating, and accessories—all of which celebrate quality, sustainability, and beauty.
The venture marks a major move for the designer, who had previously teamed up with galleries for limited-edition releases or had designed pieces as one-offs for private design clients. Now, Yovanovitch’s work can readily reach a broader audience through both a dedicated online store (now live for U.S. shoppers) as well as a planned brick-and-mortar showroom in Paris later this summer.
“Creating custom furniture and lighting works has been an integral part of my design process since starting my practice in 2001,” the designer said in a statement. “These works started as a way for me to ensure the design elements of a client’s interior were of the highest quality and were completely unique to the space, though the pieces I created quickly evolved into a form of creative expression in and of itself.”
Yovanovitch’s references for the collection were manifold—he cites Art Deco, the French Riviera, Northern European forests, and American modernism as some of his many touch points—and he sought to use locally sourced, FSC-certified timber and organic textiles where possible.
Highlights include the svelte Quinn coffee table, which juxtaposes a rose-tinted glass top with an oxidized metal base and was inspired by the shape of langues de chat (“cat’s tongue”) cookies; the Hopper armchair, which features voluptuous bouclé cushions (in olive green or blush pink) and a gleaming hammered-bronze frame; and the sculptural James floor lamp, which combines a handblown, balloon-shaped glass shade with a stoneware base in a pleasing salmon-hued glaze. Fan favorites like Yovanovitch’s Goldilocks-inspired bear chairs are also a welcome part of the collection.
Yovanovitch says the new venture “is a dream come true”—and we couldn’t agree more. See the items—on display in Paris at the stunning 17th-century Académie de l’Architecture just off the Places des Vosges—below.
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