A&D Trophy Awards 2014 judge Maxime Jacquet creates a little slice of mid-century heaven in Beverly Hills, California, with a home that graciously blends comfort with quirk — and a little touch of the avant-garde
Sit back and be prepared for a journey of the mind, starting at a home in Beverly Hills, California, where designer Maxime Jacquet has been busy putting his signature touches on the interiors, with “a captivating concept which transports us to London, England, to a famous rockstar’s flat,” he says. “We stay for tea, then jetset to the future where we lounge on metallic sofas and chairs. A custom neon sign graces the walls for a playful touch, and you can even interact with the space and scribble on a chalkboard wall.”
It is easy to be swept up with Jacquet’s vision, and his effusive, enthusiastic design narrative. “On this house, the client really let me execute my vision and select pieces that will look unique. Having done their town house in Chelsea, London, the year before, I knew their taste perfectly,” he says. “I wanted to make sure this home would be very Californian mid-century modern to respect the architecture of the house, but wanted also to produce a contrast with some very artsy pieces that are more cosmopolitan — as we used into their London house.
“It’s always very important for me to translate my client’s personality through the pieces selected for the house. After all, it’s their house, not mine.”
The house is located on Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive, home to the world’s most expensive and coveted luxury brands and undoubtedly one of the most famous streets in Los Angeles. “My clients are in the music industry,” says Jacquet. “They bought this great estate recently, and wanted to create a house that will remain mid-century modern — but with an eclectic mix of art.”
The designer responded by mixing classic mid-century modern lines with contemporary fabrics and textures. “We kept the palette simple, but decided to add a few walls of colour here and there to make the house more alive,” says the designer. “The house needed to also be cosy, and a great place to entertained — the silver Ligne Roset sofa means the space can be easily transformed as each unit of the sofa can be rearranged. It’s always a great way to let your imagination run wild, and to create new seating arrangements for all type of parties.”