Friday, February 6, 2015

Jacques Garcia's Parisien Taste...

Jacques Garcia, (born September 25, 1947) is a French architectinterior designer and garden designer, best known for his contemporary interiors of Paris hotels andrestaurants.
Born in 1947, Jacques Garcia showed a talent for drawing and objects of art at a young age. At the age of eight, he constructed and furnished his first structure at the home of grandparents. Thereafter he attended a school of interior design and completed his education in the applied arts.
When he finished his education, he began working for a firm of contemporary architects, and created the concepts for the interiors of the tour Montparnasse in Paris, Le Méridien hotels, and the Royal Monceau à Paris. He was also the interior architect for the Hôtel Costes and Costes restaurants, the hotel Majestic, and the restaurant Fouquet's. In 2006, he redecorated the Hôtel Odéon Saint Germain in Paris., He purchased and restored the Château du Champ-de-Bataille in Normandy and undertook to recreate and update the large French formal garden.
He also became an avid collector of furniture and royal art objects dispersed after the French Revolution.
For his achievements, he was named commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, and a Chevalier in the order of the Légion d'honneur.

   Jacques Garcia’s work speaks boldly and with uncommon impact. The Paris-based designer’s much-admired hotel projects—two of the latest being the NoMad in New York City and a revamp of La Mamounia in Marrakech—are ardently romantic cocoons, their moods ranging from modern opulence to boho-chic. Even more majestic are the gilded residences he conceives for august clients such as the Sultan of Brunei and for himself, as evidenced in the stunning forthcoming book Twenty Years of Passion: Château du Champ de Bataille (Flammarion), which examines Garcia’s 17th-century Normandy estate. The furniture he designs for McGuire and Baker is suavely sensual, while his creations for Interna Collection are deluxe neo-Victorian.