Designer of the Month - August - Robert Couturier

1 August 2007

Robert Couturier

Robert Couturier is known for creating visions that relate to historical moments, infused with the presence of today. His projects, whether Mexican estates or Manhattan apartments are lush, light, sensual, experimental, and witty.

Mr. Couturier’s talent propelled the Paris-born designer into Architectural Digest‘s top 100 Designers list. He has also been acknowledged by The New York Times as "innovative, creative, and stylish” in his interior design.

Today, Mr. Couturier enjoys a roster of international clients including captains of British and American industry, American politicians, New York trendsetters, and young Hollywood executives. A brief list of his clients includes the Goldsmith family, Andrew Solomon, Beatrice Stern, Frederic Fekkai, Cecile David-Weill and Anne Hearst.

His interiors have appeared in notable publications including Architectural Digest, The New York Times, W, Vanity Fair, Vogue, AD France, Conde Nast Traveler, Town and Country, House & Garden, Robb Report, and Elle Décor.

Mr. Couturier's career, which has spanned nearly three decades and produced public and private spaces in the United States, Europe, Mexico, and South America, has been called "brilliantly creative" by Amy Fine Collins, in Vanity Fair.

Robert Couturier’s website: www.robertcouturier.com.

FRETTE Q&A

1. Your designs have an element of drama to them. How much of the creative direction is initiated by you or your clients?

My clients' needs and dreams inspire me, and I balance that with my own vision and tastes--along with the requirements of the particular space. And, of course, I also add a dash of drama to any project.

2. You tend to incorporate distinctive art or architectural pieces in your interiors. Do you find that piece first and design around it or visualize the room and find the right pieces for it?

Sometimes I find a particular piece of art before I begin a room's design, and sometimes after. However, I always go into the design process knowing what type of artwork I am going to need to anchor a room.

3. What are your three most important elements when designing a bedroom?

I am a firm believer in comfort, softness, and calm.

4. What are quick ways for updating a bedroom without going through a major overhaul?

New bed sheets work wonders as does the addition of a decadent throw or bedspread. And new lighting is key: Add a pair of new bedside lights for a quick fix.

5. What is your most favorite room in your own home(s)?

My most favorite room in my house is the living room where I have accumulated my most precious possessions and where I can contemplate them in total peace. The room has 8 tall windows opening on my gardens and the lake, the light shimmers and gives an intemporal look to this accumulation of a life time of collecting, and I enjoy the magic of this most personal room.