This In-Demand Paris-Based Designer Is Rewriting The Rules Of The French Decorative Arts

French designer and interior architect Pierre Gonalons is nourished by the rich history of the decorative arts, with a particular penchant for the late 19th century, and relies on the rich savoir-faire of French and Italian artisans. I speak to him about his practice that gives new perspective to traditional shapes and materials.

Tell me about your background, your parents and what your childhood was like. How, when and why did you realize you wanted to build things and get into design?

I was born in 1977 in Lyon to parents with Italian and Spanish origins. My childhood was very happy in the countryside of Lyon and,

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