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The Domaine des Etangs, a rustic setting where all creations seem suspended in time!

Raphael Navot

Raphael Navot

"Cabinetmakers, ironworkers or upholsterers, I surround myself with the best, capable of making traditions swing with the mastery of their know-how. »

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Parisian designer Raphaël Navot is greatly influenced by his proximity to some of the best workshops and craftsmen in all of Europe . Today his spaces, furniture and bespoke objects are made in collaboration with these craftsmen, whose artisanal approach and unique know-how resonates in every room. His diverse projects include the creative direction and interior design of famed Parisian nightclub Silencio, a highly technical End Grain flooring line for Oscar Ono and a collection of handcrafted carpets for Galerie Diurne.

Under the creative impetus of Garance Primat, Raphael Navot was entrusted with the development of the Laiterie du Domaine des Etangs, which is today the rustic setting for an immense knowledge and Art of Life where everything was slower and more durable. The exhibition space is dedicated to art, and houses two mezzanines transformed into libraries where past, present and future come together in the service of universal values. The Dairy tells the story of creation through the arts, and 3000 books have been collected in the two libraries: one reflecting the past, and the other as a hymn to the future. However, the latter contains much more than just books. Everything has been designed to establish a harmonious dialogue between content and container, as one cannot exist without the other.

It was with the help of Jouffre upholsterers that Raphaël Navot imagined a more contemporary creation for "La bibliothèque du passé", while keeping the spirit of an English club. They created a pair of leather meridians, in the Chesterfield style with traditional button tufting and suspended upholstery.
For this project, the Jouffre craftsmen also participated in the development of the second mezzanine called "La bibliothèque du FUTUR", which is more contemporary thanks to the creation of a 5.5m long sofa. According to the designer, past and future are "two spaces of inspiration and reflection perfect for reconnecting with nature and oneself".

Photos taken by © Vincent Leroux

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