From his Parisian studio, the interior architect and designer Tristan Auer creates eclectic compositions with an approach close to the designers of the 20th century. An undisputed reference for French luxury design, he navigates between periods, from baroque to contemporary, and do tailor-made as a tailor.
“I like to get carried away in adventures and be close to my clients. The ideal is to ensure that the design and decoration soften their lives.“
Image courtesy of Tristan Auer
A forerunner of contemporary luxury interiors in France, Tristan Auer started his career by graduating from ESAG Penninghen in 1996, the school of art direction and interior architecture in Paris. As his first steps in the design realm, he worked with icons Christian Liaigre and Philippe Starck before opening his studio ‘izeu’ in 2002. His studio specialises in ultra-high-end projects: from bespoke furniture, luxury hotels, showrooms and to super car tailoring, he treats all his projects as unparalleled adventures:
“all my projects are different because all my clients are different”.
Recipient of the Maison et Objet Designer Of The Year in 2017 Tristan Auer boasts also a long list of prestigious collaborations with luxury brands for re-designing their showrooms such as among others: the Chanel showroom and Coco Chanel’s apartments in 2002, Nina Ricci showroom in 2004 and Cartier at the Biennale des Antiquaires.
Image courtesy of Tristan Auer, Hotel du Louvre Paris
Tristan Auer is a polyhedral designer looking at his profession as the one of a chef or a musician, whose making comes out from mastering harmoniously the variety of tools and techniques unique to every craft. For Tristan Auer, his tools are trusted and knowledgeable people, whose work shines through in his drawings and projects. A core team of 15 people working in his Parisian studio, together with local upholsterers, craftspeople are the secret ingredient behind Tristan Auer’s wonders.
“My drawings alone are insufficient to create interesting an object. It’s the meeting of a craftsperson or an artist, the synergy of both these talents that create results above and beyond what I could have imagined on my own”.
A teamwork resulting in stunning collaborations with some of the most sought after luxury design brands such as Christophe Delcourt, Contardi, Holly Hunt, Ozone, Pouenat, Taillardat and Veronese.
Image courtesy of Paris Picture Club for Tristan Auer featuring Oscar Niemeyer Zero Gravity Chair
His high-end decorations and design are meant to soften the lives, to create welcoming cocoons where one can rest and recharge, while being surrounded by beautiful objects and furniture with a 1920 flair. As Tristan Auer pointed out in a recent interview for Maison et Objet:
“I always try to be slightly irreverent towards what is considered to be “well-suited” and to have something that is subversively chic behind my productions and what I like showing. I want the space to shake things up at some point. I want people to see the oddities. And so all these off-kilter details contribute to the atmosphere of the space everything that ultimately is not seen but rather felt.”
In his sense of light and staging he has been involved in the interior decorations and design of unique hotel destination such as dreamlike Cotton House on Mustique Island, and the transformation of the legendary Parisian nightclub Les Bains Douche into a luxurious rock hotel, for which he also won the “Special prize Interior” for Prix Versaille 2016. Among his credits into hospitality, Auer was also involved in the stunning renovation of the Hotel de Crillon in Paris, as one of the 4 selected designers to give new life to the icon of French style. Together with Chahan Minassian, Cyril Vergniol and Karl Lagerfeld, Auer unique style contributed in recreating the timeless fascination of this 18th-century jewel mansion.