Chahan Minassian is one of the most inspiring and world’s famous interior designers. He defines himself above all as an eye. A precise selective eye focused on his many activities: interior designer, antique dealer, gallery director, and designer.
Born in 1961 in Lebanon, into an Armenian family, Chahan Minassian arrived in France in 1976. After studying interior design in Paris, he joined the prestigious firm of Ralph Lauren where, for seven years, he was the creative director for Europe. In 1993, he created his own interior design agency, Chahan Interior Design, rapidly attracting commissions in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Europe.
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In 1999, Chahan Interior Design opened at 12 rue de Beaune in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, a discreetly elegant address at which Chahan receives his clientele. In his showroom there, a calm space that he often compares to a casket, his distinctive style can be viewed in an atmosphere of taste and timeless luxury.
As an interior designer, Chahan Minassian’s first concern is space. He will often redesign the interior spaces in a project to improve their circulation or create the desired atmosphere. He combines his talent as an interior designer and a creator of harmony with an appreciation of detail that lends his decors their signature «couture» effect.
His interiors have a warm, voluptuous opulence. Chahan Minassian has a passion for sophisticated materials and precious fabrics. He loves bronze, galuchat, python, lacquer, and tortoiseshell, stone, contrasting this richness with the rigorous lines of his furniture and restrained color choices.
The palette is often of extreme subtlety: ivory, cream or beige, taupe, putty, bronze, with occasionally just a touch of blue or aubergine. This combination of decorative ingredients, sublimated by lighting to which Chahan always devotes particular care, gives his mises en scène their character of timeless calm.
He frequently selects furniture designed by American designers between the 1930s and the 1960s, placing it in a completely contemporary ambiance to form a new aesthetic.
To sum up, Chahan projects speak for themselves, his noticeable style and good taste plus the ability to create breathtaking spaces from scratch make him one of the best interior designers not only in France but in the entire world.
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