It’s easy to step into India Mahdavi’s world. Three gallery/showroom/studio spaces, which display her latest designs, colonize rue Las Cas at #3, #5, #19 in Paris’s aristocratic 7th arrondisement. She is not only a brilliant and prolific Paris-based designer, she’s also a phenomenon, known for the chic interiors she creates for hotels and restaurants, as well as for ravishing private residences in locales as varied as Connecticut to California, London to the Riviera, and for furniture designs that include cool, contemporary drawing room sofas, notably the Bluffer, and velvet-covered iconic chairs such as the Gelato.
“One of my signatures is a structural sofa covered with a soft velvet, itself a signature,” she says. Mahdavi’s imaginative bathroom fixtures for Bisazza, christened with comic book exclamations, include a “plouf” tub, a “splash” sink and a “wow” mirror. Forget hospital white, these mini-spas come in delicious hues of strawberry, pistachio, or blueberry.
“I have a talent for color,” she admits. “It’s a way to describe my style when many spaces now are all about beige and black. People are afraid of color. For me, the more colors, the merrier. The trick is to have as many as you can. Then, they can have a conversation; they can start singing together.” Or “start an argument,” she adds.
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WRITTEN BY JEAN BOND RAFFERTY
This story appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of MILIEU.