Slow is Fast
August 18, 2022

Designers Of The Day: Humbert & Poyet


Monaco-based duo, Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet share a common passion for travels, open-mindedness and timeless landmarks! When the two met at a dinner in Monaco, they realized that “they both needed someone to share ideas with; someone to pursue the same line of thought with. Never arguing, always exchanging”. Seeking to break away from the glitzy style that characterized Monaco in the early 2000s, they saw a transformation taking place in the city. “It had become a dull, inert place that had lost its splendor, its glamour,” Humbert recounts. “But then Monaco was reborn with the arrival of artists and new artistic venues!”


Aesthetes in their own right, the duo has just completed Alan Yau’s first restaurant on the principauté. Named Song Qi, it was conceived like a precious Chinese lacquered box with geometric patterns inspired by 1930s Shanghai. Inside, fine materials like brass, alabaster and velvet, provide a visual counterpoint to the virtuosic cuisine of the Hong Kong-born chef. The same goes for BeefBar Monaco, Mexico and Berlin, successfully opened back in 2010, 2012 and 2013: for the luxury steakhouses, the Monegasque duo chose mineral elements and warm texture to “stage” the venue. In Berlin, echoing to the rich modernist past of the capital, dark wooden mural panels are inserted inside bronze framework, while, adjusted like art deco inspired fixtures, bronze and alabaster lights create clear openings in the wall. A contemporary approach to interiors with a modernist flair.