Vintage : 5 questions to Emmanuelle Vidal

Posté par: Anthony Subra Dans: Actualités Le: mercredi, février 14, 2018 Commentaire: 0 Like: 2127

Meeting with Emmanuelle Vidal, antique dealer for Monolithe vintage and interior decorator.

Emmanuelle Vidal, antiquaire ensemblière

Emmanuelle Vidal is an antiquarian and home decorator passionate about mid-century design. She started out with art deco pieces but soon happened to be intrigued by modernism and post war design, a period oh so fertile in technical and aesthetical innovations. 

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She opened her gallery in 1997 and since then sells collectors items ranging from the 1950’s, including a few iconic pieces from the 1990’s. Most of her collection is from the fifties to the seventies era.

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She shares this passion for iconic design with Monolithe édition’s AD Eric-Jean Floureusse, which led to a fruitful collaboration and the creation of Monolithe Vintage. A mix and match of personalities and tastes that wonderfully complement each other.

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« I would say to dare mixing everything, to match a piece of family furniture you love for sentimental and aesthetical reasons, with minimalistic or slick contemporary pieces. The nice thing about mid-century design is that it’s both sober and warm. »

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How did this collaboration with Eric-Jean Floureusse started ?

We met through mutual friends. He already knew my showroom and was aware of my work. We had an impromptu talk and discovered we had so many passions in common and were so enthusiastic about the same aesthetics. He immediately proposed to decorate his new hotel, Le Hameau des Baux, with a modernist touch, that would give a nice counterpoint to the contemporary decor, all together in a typical Provençale architecture. That event was our first collaboration and began our partnership.

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What did you like about Monolithe Edition, the contemporary branch of your partnerhsip ?

Their collection blends wood and metal, or metal and marble, with a nice work on shapes and proportions, not to mention practicallity, as seen for instance on the Klec bookcase. You immediately get the feeling that these creations will stand the test of time. Furthermore, it perfectly matches furniture collectibles that are both modern yet warm, sober but not stark. For instance, the Hansel and Gretel coffee tables are a good match with a pair of 1950’s Danish armchairs, you even get the feeling they were meant to be together.

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Who are your favorite designers ?

love Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, Jean Prouvé. They were artists,-architects-engineers-designers, almost philosophers, with a radical, avant-garde vision. Their approach was thought through, with an in deph reflexion on habitat, its function, its conception, all tied to the economic restrictions of the era –we were in interwar and post war period, with the country being rebuilt. I love just as much the next generation of designers : Pierre Guariche, Pierre Paulin, Joseph-André Motte, Alain Richard, who used emerging technologies to create the new lines that would define modern life. I’m also fond of Scandinavian design, as well as Italian design, with masters like Gio Ponti and Ico Parisi, and of course the Americans, the Brasilian designers… Each country had their masters.

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What deco tip would you give to vintage furniture aficionados?

I would say to dare mixing everything, to match a piece of family furniture you love for sentimental and aesthetical reasons, with minimalistic or slick contemporary pieces. The nice thing about mid-century design is that it’s both sober and warm, thanks to the material used, such as ash, or oak, sometimes exotic woods like rosewood or teak.

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What do you pay attention to when you have to decorate a house, a hotel, a restaurant ?

The space and area.You have to feel them, visit them, sense the proportions. When you decorate for someone, or a family, you have to acknowledge their taste but also suggest ideas they’d never think of, propose a variety of fabrics and patterns they don’t necessarily know of. For a hotel, the specifications are more precise – there are a few essentials for a bedroom - but the main thing is also to set the right vibe.

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Interview by Sandra Salazar


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