Chahan Minassian creations reflect his years in the fashion industry and his passion for exquisite materials and artistically crafted finishing. Using rich decors, timeless lines and sculptural volumes Chahan lionized design is a celebration of expert craftsmanship with haute couture finishing.
“Chahan furniture and lightings are design jewellery striking for their harmonious look and luxurious volumes, with a signature -Parisian couturier- effect“
Photo by Milan Vukmirovic
Of Armenian origin, born in Lebanon, Chahan Minassian settled in France in 1976. Following his Interior Design studies in Paris, he had his first experience in the lifestyle industry as the European Creative Director for the prestigious Ralph Lauren fashion house, defining the rhythm of his projects and travels for seven years. In 1993, Chahan created his own “Chahan Interior Design” agency in Paris. His projects multiplied quickly from Canada to Japan passing from Europe, as he developed commercial interior spaces for luxury brands, before taking on important residential projects worldwide. Over the years Chahan has become a reference as an interior designer, decorator, collector, gallery owner, antique dealer and designer.
“Chahan Gallery” opened in February of 2008, at the heart of Paris’ prestigious ‘Carré Rive Gauche’ antiques area, where his limited editions are presented together with the works of contemporary artists like Nancy Lorenz, Peter Lane, Shizue Imai and Antoinette Faragallah.
Image courtesy of Chahan Minassian, installation at PAD Paris 2017
Growing up in Lebanon, Chahan was deeply influenced by Eastern and European design. As he shared with fashion editor Silvano Mendes for an interview with TL magazine:
“American aesthetic was very present in our daily lives, especially through cinema, but the first piece that really pulled my attention was Vladimir Kagan’s Erica chair”.
Fascinated by the proportions and the engineering of 1950s American furniture, his first breakthrough in the industry was an antique dealer of rare collectables. To such extent that he was given the nickname of “the American”, Chahan entered into the design realm from the main door, as one of the first to introduce the work of the great American design tradition to his loyal clientele.
His own signature style was shaped while curating the most exclusive interiors to which he always adds his personal limited editions. Chahan taste – or “eye” as he likes to call it – is sharp, precise, selective and refined, curating interiors as well as his own design with the same vision for timelessness aesthetics.
Chahan Minassian design mixes his multicultural background with historical references to mark his own “Chahanian” style. He is a design couturier, creating objects meant to stand out as beautiful women entering a room. Chahan individually-numbered furniture and lightings are hand-sculptured objects with a strong personality, able to transform any home into private galleries. Chahan design is luxurious without being ostentatious often using a soft colour palette to convey charming aesthetics and comfort sensations. He mixes sophisticated materials such as galuchat leather and lacquer to compose exquisite textures for his limited edition of timeless presence. His unique pieces are exclusive compositions made in collaboration with ceramic master Peter Lane, architect, designer and gemologists Georges Floret, a marquetry artisan and designer Francois Mascarello.
Chahan’s sensitivity towards exclusivity and high-quality materials is well represented by one of his latest piece, the quartz and steel Paravent made in collaboration with Georges Floret. The screen is made of rock crystal specially selected piece by piece in mines by Georges Floret and cut with the techniques of a jeweller. They are mounted so that the colour goes progressively from milk to transparent, offering a very chic gradient nuance for an exceptional effect.
As one of Chanan most recent interior design projects, his unique collection of furniture and lighting are part of the refurbishing of the heritage landmark Hôtel de Crillon in Paris that he curated with his interior design studio. Since 2001, he is a regular of some of the most world-renowned shows, including the Salon du XXème Siècle, the Pavillon des Antiquaires, the Pavillon of Art and Design (PAD), and the AD Intérieurs exhibitions.