Christophe Delcourt is a self-taught French designer and furniture editor who learned the craft by surrounding himself with the most talented names in the industry.
“My inspiration comes from the things that surround me every day. It comes from architecture, the shape of a building, a construction component, a material, an artist, a colour. That’s how ideas and impulses emerge, especially the impulse to come up with new concepts“
Image courtesy of Christophe Delcourt
Paris-based Christophe Delcourt was born in 1966 in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, a southeastern suburb of Paris. A trained actor and scenographer, Christophe Delcourt is a self-taught designer and editor applying the rules of theatre to furniture. Christophe Delcourt is a storyteller of interiors, appreciated for working with some of the most talented designers and artisans in the industry. An ardent defender of French craft industry he graduated in theatre practices from the Parisian institutions Cours Florent in 1988 and the Théâtre École du Passage in 1989, before opening his own furnishing company in the late 90’s.
From his studio in the Marais area of Paris he is committed to design daring furniture and objects combining elegant lines and raw materials. As an editor, Christophe Delcourt selects the work of designers sharing his taste for timeless lines and exceptional know-how. Through time, his catalog enriched with high-profile pieces of furniture exclusively designed by François Champsaur, Jean-Pierre Tortil, Tristan Auer, Laurent Nicolas and Vincent Dupont-Rougier.
Image courtesy of Christophe Delcourt, YBU table
As a creative soul who shaped behind the stage curtains, the aesthetics of Christophe Delcourt carry a strong theatrical flair, with every object of his collection able to convey a story. Coming from the theatre sector where plays are ephemeral, and emotions unreplicable, Christophe Delcourt moved into a more permanent craft, creating timeless pieces meant to last a forever. A common thread between the art of theatre and the design craft is the hand of the artisan, the unsung heroes working behind the scene:
“I hope my work is a testimony of my love for materials and my profound allegiance to the work of the hand.”
To him, every new furniture collection is an opportunity to reconsider his work through a slightly different point of view. Yet, the story always begins the same way, with the same passion and the same belief: everything comes from the material, the gesture and the know-how.
Image courtesy of Christophe Delcourt, HUG armchair and sofa
Since he bloomed as an editor and designer in 1998, Delcourt’s firm has produced some of the most coveted and influential furniture of our time. Always chasing excellence and perfection, his furniture and lighting respond to basics lifestyle needs. With his furniture, Delcourt stages every home as an intimate place where life takes place. He is obsessed with sofas and big tables as the protagonist of a lively home, enabling interaction, and “true companion of life”. Both as an editor and as a designer, his style is organic and well calibrated while always able to surprise with unusual lines and inserts.
His style lays in details, in the precise manufacture and high-craft one can read in every single piece designed by Christophe Delcourt. He has a particular way to blend a certain rigour and an undeniable sensuality in his sharp choice of wood, leather or stone. Purchasing a piece of furniture designed by Christophe Delcourt means undoubtedly choosing excellence.
The uniqueness of Christophe Delcourt comes from his devotion to local, French craftsmanship. He personally selects only manufacturers that work with materials and components coming from the same region where the furniture is produced. A commitment to sustainability that goes beyond the fashionable statement, but instead looks deep into the production process, using natural and recyclable elements while minimizing the use of petroleum products.
Beside collaborating with several designers and studios, he has designed among others, furniture for Roche Bobois, Cartier’s showroom in Tokyo, the Saint Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Miami, and Louis Vuitton offices in Paris, Barcelona, and Hong Kong. Delcourt’s designs have been exhibited at many prestigious art galleries and showrooms worldwide, including Ralph Pucci in the United States, Avenue Road in Toronto, Canada, and the Le Cadre Gallery in Hong Kong. In 1999, he won the prestigious Designer of the Year award from Maison & Objet, Paris.