Slow is Fast
May 26, 2019

Designer Of The Day: François Champsaur

François Champsaur is a French interior designer. Born in Marseille, his work is influenced by his Mediterranean roots. From his earliest projects, François has displayed his ability to transform any space, considering each and every aspect from an architectural angle to the last detail. He intelligently reworks space, playing with light and volume, and completes the set with both elegant and contemporary furniture and fabrics.

He has transformed luxury hotels (such as The Royal Evian and the Vernet Hôtel in Paris) and private homes using his own unique vision. He always develops a new project in line with the spirit of the space and creates furniture and luminaires consistent with the global design. His interest in furniture, clean lines, rhythm and harmony have led him to collaborate with many French and international interior design companies, such as Pouenat Ferronnier and HC28. His creations echoes the history and specifics of each editor.

For HC28, based in Beijing, François has imagined new product ranges inspired by traditional Chinese furnishings: lacquered finishes, round angles, geometrical forms and interlacing. For Pouenat Edition, he worked with geometric designs using metal: his furniture and lamps oscillate between folding, fluid or jagged lines, lacquered and brushed metals, for a sophisticated and precise effect. His work on The Vernet hotel, which was inaugurated in March 2014, was a true example of his talent for marrying sophistication and comfort. This new hotel seduces us with its stunning architecture and furnishings.

With both vision and discretion François Champsaur steps back, allowing the space to become a living creation.


1/ Can you introduce yourself?
I am an architect and a designer.

2/ How do you define design?
To me, design is the meeting point between thought and matter; thorough and personal thinking implemented with a certain know-how. We’ve been losing sight of that. Thinking has been globalized and know-how is disappearing. We must stop this trend. One should be able to recognize the human touch in anything, find back the whim of creation, and move away from marketing studies.

3/ Must design necessarily be functional?
Functional design appeared after centuries of ornementation, the debate has shifted. The question that remains today is: can we continue to produce more and consume more? If we follow the current path, we will disappear.


4/ What do you dream of designing?
A venue that will gather all of my passions; wine, food, music and the Mediterranean art of living.

5/ Your next project?
We have just finished the Hotel Royal situated on the shore of the Lac Léman. We’re currently working on a restaurant on Marseille’s old sea port; “Le Poulpe” and the annex of the Hotel Ministère in Paris, in an industrial building created by Eiffel.