Christine Guillaume - Studio Beaupassage

The architect, interior designer and founder of Studio Beaupassage takes part in our newsletter and presents her profession, her inspirations and the way she approaches her projects.

I am self-taught in the field of interior design. After having a career as a human resources director, I changed direction for a job where I could express myself completely differently, where I could see the results of my work, collaborate with clients whose projects are each time an important slice of life and setting me a new challenge.

My partner is a craftsman, then a project manager and we were already collaborating on renovation projects. So it was quite natural that we decided to work together on projects, mainly aimed at individuals. Our complementarity works well and we share the same values ​​with our customers, whom we pamper as much as possible. We both pay attention to details, so everything is thought out and carried out with great care, maniacally I should say!
In my opinion, the profession of interior designer certainly requires a personal creative base, but also the acquisition of important knowledge, particularly on a technical level, in order to be able to evaluate the feasibility of one's ideas. Then, you have to know how to create collaborations with different publishers and suppliers, because it's not about shopping but rather discovering passionate people who pass on their know-how, their temperament, their knowledge. Artisans are also sources of inspiration and sharing: without them, nothing is possible! From all this, interesting achievements can emerge.

I try to create unique projects, drawing inspiration both from the history and particularity of the place and both from the personality and needs of the clients. To tell the truth, everything happens during my sleep, I visit a place, meet the owners and during the night I am struck by directions to take! I see decoration like a thread that we pull from a ball: we start with a bias and we unfold a story. In a more formal way, I strive to offer new spaces, with their own and coherent identity. In terms of decoration, the creative sources are eclectic but with a general atmosphere imbued with lightness and character, in the design of the general lines of the project. If the debate of good taste and bad taste must be addressed, I consider that the proposed decoration ideas must be constructed as evidence. Everything is allowed, yes, you have to have a little fun, and the idea is to be able to recognize yourself in a place that resembles you and expresses your uniqueness.
I am influenced by many artists, both by interior designers like Fabrizio Caligaris whom I admire, but also the greats of history, from Charlotte Perriand to Gio Ponti or Fornasetti, there are so many! There are also all the major trends from past centuries, but with a particular unwavering vibe for the 60s. But I also love the So British inspirations! And then, there are so many other sources of inspiration, I find that editors and designers are doing wonderful and very creative things at the moment.

Cinema, and especially that of Pedro Almodovar, brings interior decoration to the forefront, which ultimately becomes a character in its own right with a powerful and unavoidable character. Hence my favorite phrase: “You should not worry about the originality of your work but be sincere in the aesthetics and in the language you choose. The more sincere we are, the more modern we are. » Because yes, sincerity seems to me a beacon in the night, if we follow it, we always manage to express a story that rings true through an atmosphere.
So there you have it, I am very admiring of many artists, who take my breath away with their creative impulse! So Little Cabari is one of my most beautiful discoveries. I immediately felt my heart beating when I discovered her creations which are so personal, so inspired and colorful in perfect balance. We sometimes find this English touch that I love so much, but also a universe which expresses a magnificent cheerfulness, a poetry which is sometimes tinged with melancholy. But that’s my interpretation of course!

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