LOUIS DENAVAUT

INTERIOR ARCHITECT AND DESIGNER LOUIS DENAVAUT WORKS ON DIVERSE PROJECTS: SHOPS, OFFICES AND PRIVATE HOMES, FUELED BY ARTISTIC FLAIR, A NON-CONFORMIST VISION AND A KEEN CURIOSITY.

Louis Denavaut flourished in the contemporary art world before turning to design and architecture. This powerful experience still influences everything he does today when designing his various projects. Trained at the École Camondo, where he learned to transform a multifaceted approach into a strength, Louis Denavaut developed his own unique aesthetic vocabulary, with an ability to work on any scale and scope. After designing luxury cosmetics shops in major Asian cities, Louis Denavaut started to work on office design, notably as a consultant for Louis Vuitton and by designing furniture for the HEC school. He created his own architecture and design firm in 2018. Designing objects plays a crucial role in his approach to space; he draws a lot, whether for his own work or for his public and private interior design projects. His various projects illustrate the balance between technique and aesthetics; Louis Denavaut guides his clients toward an unexpected yet striking world, while working to achieve the perfect rhythm of a space, prioritizing the necessary elements. He identifies with the radical and efficient approach of the Belgian school, best represented by KGDVS and DVVT, as well as in the work of Alvaar Alto, one of his major inspirations. Louis Denavaut likes to start with a clear-cut observation, distorting it slightly to create a new purpose—it’s his way of seeing interior architecture as an artistic act.

Louis Denavaut received a commission in 2020 for the interior design of offices on Avenue Matignon in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. He had carte blanche for the project, with just a single specification: to combine cutting-edge technology with contemporary aesthetics. To redesign the 4,000 2m, Louis Denavaut asked former classmates from the École Camondo, Hauvette & Madani, to join in. The offices, situated in a modern building featuring large glass windows, lacked charm and personality. To offset the somewhat sterile setting, Louis Denavaut and Hauvette & Madani transformed the space by lining the inner walls with a double layer of warm wood to contrast with the smooth stone, and by controlling the luminosity, dividing the area using elegant linen curtains to enhance intimacy and comfort. The color palette is based on a range of beiges, which immediately creates a soothing, warm light for a more comfortable work environment. Nearly all the furniture—from the counter to the sofas, along with the lamps and adjustable desks—was custom-designed by Louis Denavaut and Hauvette & Madani, in collaboration with LA MANUFACTURE. The result is welcoming, elegant and functional space.