“My real interest lies in something more timeless. I am deeply convinced that quality and excellence are far more important than these artificial and rather sterile arguments. Any quality product has an inherent capacity to stand out from the crowd, and so, by extension has no need for fashion.”
Juan Pablo Molyneux attended teh Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Ecole du Louvre, after studying architecture at the Universidad Católica of Santiago. “It was in the inspiring works of French architects Louis Le Vau, Ange-Jacques Gabriel, and Claude-Nicolas Ledoux that Juan Pablo Molyneux first acquired his knowledge and passion of historical styles.
The interior designer founded a studio in New York in 1980s and one in Paris, in the late 90s. These particular cities will always be in his heart, he says. “In my offices, this perpetual movement of the spirit inspires us all to creativity and inventiveness. Enjoying what you are doing is one of the secrets of a successful project”.
We’re able to see a little bit of Juan’s work spread worlwide: he founded private residences in South Africa, USA, Canada, Europe, and even Middle East. The designer believes that his work is not only ambitious just because of the design he is knwon for, but also the excellence of materials, furnishing and lighting he picks for every project. We’re talking about handmade pieces, unique design pieces that are made by talented artisans that still use ancient techniques to continue elevating design and craftsmanship.
Juan’s projects are bold, electic, ambitious and they are different from everything we’ve ever seen! Some of his design projects include master works such as Pavilion of Treaties, in St. Petersburg, the Russian Rooms of the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, both for the Russian Federation, and the salons of the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée in Paris.
When questioned about the most challenging projects he did, Juan says that his work for the palatial residence in canada was definitely the one that he put the most effort on it, because “the client was very refined and knowledgeable about late 18th-century Russian architecture, which was an inspiration for the project“.
“This venture to build an 18th century Russian Palace in the 21st century was a real challenge. However, I have only the fondest memories of it. The years spent working on this 3,000-square meter project were a great pleasure. Because of his vision and his background, the client challenged me intellectually and professionally. This began with our first meeting when he quizzed my knowledge and aesthetics in a way that was more like an oral examination of a doctoral candidate, than a typical business meeting!”
“Specialized in high-end residential designs,Juan Pablo Molyneux also creates inspiring institutional projects always inspired by the history behind the building. His name is associated with major renovation and constructions projects in 3 European capitals: Vienna, London, and Moscow. The goal of these 3 inspiring projects was to create the mostluxury design residences in Europe”. “What I do find tiresome is when, in the name of the latest fashion, the end of tradition is proclaimed yet again and everyone praises the new trends, presenting them as the true future of interior design“, says Juan Pablo.
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