Interview with Joseph Dirand : design elements


Interview with Joseph Dirand

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“What really matters to me, a lot more than the interior, is light. Light is what makes architecture alive. Whereever I go, especially my studio, my apartment, the places I used to live, I have to see the sky!”

Joseph Dirand

I can barely contain my enthusiasm for the work of the Parisian architect and designer Joseph Dirand. Stunning, simple, beautiful… Recently I had the great pleasure of talking with Joseph Dirand. Enjoy the interview. I sure did!

Quai Anatole, Paris

How would you describe your own style?

I keep trying to find my style but it’s very difficult. I hope I will never find it.

When did you first realize that you wanted to be an architect / designer?

For the birthday of my five years, when I got my first Playmobil castle.

Looking back at your first project what knowledge do you wish you had back then designing the interiors?

I don’t have any regret because all my mistakes teach me how to make progress.

Outdoor area of Habita Monterrey – Design Awards 2010, Best New Hotel, Wallpaper

Your monochromatic palette of black and white is amazing. How do you do all this?

Just by using the black and white, but I don’t invent anything.

You said: “Lighting has more importance than the interior itself”. What’s your one best piece of advice on lighting?

Don’t buy a place with a boring natural light.

How do you achieve a good scale? Scale is a really interesting and difficult topic.

I think all my work is on the contrast and the contrast in the scale is essential. I like to play with the perception of scale, using réflexion, shadow and light.

Distrito Capital, Mexico – Best Business Hotel Awards, Wallpaper & Fortune Mag

What do you love to do when you are not designing?

Thinking of what I would design then.

What are your favorite books?

« Le petit prince » de St Exupéry.

What does success mean to you?

Stress and I try to protect myself of the stress.

My signature Design Elements question – what are the most important design elements?

A pen.

photos: Freunde von Freunden, Joseph Dirand


8 Kommentare zu “Interview with Joseph Dirand”

  1. classiq am 05.01.2012 um 11:10 Uhr 

    Love your interviews, Maria. My favourite part of this interview is the remark on light. That is an element that should never be underrated, but play a major role in any interior design.

  2. Odessa am 05.01.2012 um 15:48 Uhr 

    Such beautiful spaces! Very inspiring, thanks for sharing!

  3. kat+muse am 05.01.2012 um 18:12 Uhr 

    I especially love the concrete seating outside and the art leading into the staircase! beautiful.

  4. La Boheme am 05.01.2012 um 20:46 Uhr 

    Fantastic interview Maria! I love Joseph’s work and we share love for the same favorite book! xx

  5. Meta Musings am 05.01.2012 um 22:32 Uhr 

    A pen! He is so incredible!! I love his answers especially to your style question and when he first realized he wanted to be an architect. He is also so handsome! Amazing interview as always, darling!


  6. am 06.01.2012 um 01:07 Uhr 

    Very endearing answers to your questions….
    Sounds like and an authentic person…
    Do love his work too..


  7. allesistgut am 06.01.2012 um 10:38 Uhr 

    Danke für das Interview. Dir ein schönes Wochenende und liebe Grüße.

  8. cabbagerose am 11.01.2012 um 14:19 Uhr 

    be still my heart…Maria, you interviewed joseph dirand? oh my! such a wonderful interview, too. every child i know will now receive a playmobil castle for their birthday. and a pen? i’m right there with him…he is incredibly cool. xx

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