After beginning a career in fashion (Lanvin, Karl Lagerfeld or Givenchy) Stéphane Parmentier decided in the early 2000s to engage in interior architecture and design. Today, Stéphane is an interior &; design editor for Le Printemps, and he launched his first furniture collection in 2011, in collaboration with the manufacturer Ormond Edition
1/ Can you introduce yourself?
Of course, I’ll be glad to. I live in Paris, I’m 47, I work as an interior designer, a designer, an artistic director for the jeweler Christofle and as an Interior Design Editor for Printemps Home.
2/ How do you define design?
It’s not an easy task, and I believe design is always influenced by the context in which it is created : the customer and the specifications for example. Design should be intelligent ; it has to fulfill a function, unique ; the designer has to create a new world, a new strong and compact language, and most of all technique ; I believe designers should use machines, studies and production methods that are modern, ground-breaking even. If possible, the human input has to be perceivable.
3/ Must design necessarily be functional?
Yes, I guess. But it is not forbidden to push the object or collections into a more artisanal or artistic universe. We are witnessing the hatching of a new trend, and it matches perfectly with today’s philosophy : A great mix of material, know-how and feelings. I like when still objects almost become sculptures.
4/ What do you dream of designing?
A plane. Planes totally fascinate me. I would really like to work for the aviation industry. Or a hotel. I miss being able to express in a comprehensive way my own vision of hospitality.
5/ Your next project?
The launch of my new collection “Mercury” ; 21 new pieces built out of stone (statutary marble, travertine, lava, leather, bronze, etc …) And some other projects and collaborations.