I’ve been thinking about denim a lot lately. It’s now a big part of my life. On a “stupid” level, I wear jeans all the time: to meetings with a smart jacket, on the weekends when meeting friends, out dancing…yeah, almost everyday. Occasionally I am reminded of the design potential of denim.
Years ago, as a young gay designer, I came across this image in the house of Hubert de Givenchy, and it seared itself into my brain. How chic is the use of denim table cozy! How unexpected and practical! I have often referred back to this image when thinking about design.
Luckily the image brought me to search out more of Givenchy’s interior design work, and I have not been disappointed. Givenchy it turns out is one of the few fashion designers worth looking at for traditional, understated interiors that showcase architecture and art. While a departure from the contemporary interiors which I love and share with you here often, I have learned a lot from the great sense of proportion, materiality, and editing in Givenchy’s homes. Here is a view to Givenchy’s studio, where he found inspiration for his art. I hope that you enjoy.
David Bjørngaard, December 2014