The New Minimalism: Part 3

In addition to designing minimal, free-flowing spaces, Parisian Designer Charles Zana is also a respected figure in the art world. His ability to balance these two disciplines has led to him becoming one of the most sought after interior designers around.

Charles’ Zana’s offices are a courtyard studio located on the Paris Left Bank, which he shares with 15 architects and designers. Having worked at the forefront of the design industry for the last 20 years, Zana has perfected his craft, from Paris to London via Monaco and Gstaad. He has delivered a medley of residential, shop and exhibition design spaces that showcase his exceptional talent and style that has been described as serene and richly poetic.

A graduate of the Beaux-Arts de Paris, Charles has described his style as modern classic, notably drawing inspiration from French Interior designer Jean Michel Frank, and Italian architect and designer, Ettore Sortsass.

An avid art enthusiast, Charles can always be found at the major international art fairs from Basel, Frieze and Venice’s Biennale. Zana’s trademark is his ability to showcase the the artworks of his clients. He creates ‘curated stories’ interiors – artistic and full of meaning.

His practice has remodelled the much loved Cafe Artcurial restaurant, of the prestigious auctions house on 7 Rond-Point des Champs Elysees. Zana created an interior that matched the iconic character of this Parisian institution. Using a combination of collectors pieces, featuring statement shelves by Pierre Bonnfille and lighting designed for Azucena by Luigi Caccia Dominioni in 1967.

The space is defined by a glass roof that floods the space with natural light. This effect is balanced by the subtly masculine palette and Zana’s trademark use of leather, darkened timber, brass and marble.


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