If there’s one thing that Belgian interior designer Jean-Philippe Demeyer dislikes more than anything else it’s the colour grey. “I want happy interiors so that will never work“, and that’s what he strives for in his news interior collection “Fearless Living”. For Jean-Philippe, colour is more than an aesthetic choice, “it’s a way of life”, an adage he has been consistently exemplifying since 2008 when he founded his interior design studio JPDEMEYER&CO along with Frank Ver Elst and Jean-Paul Deweywer.
Jean-Philippe’s bold colour palette is matched by an aesthetic eclecticism that audaciously interweaves a multitude of references across styles, periods and cultures, and effortlessly combines antiques with contemporary pieces in an effort to create a “wow” feeling.
With a background as an antique dealer, it’s no wonder that antiques and vintage objects abound in Jean-Philippe’s work, oftentimes combined with contemporary or inexpensive pieces. “It’s not about what’s expensive or cheap. I love the contrast”, he explains. What’s more intriguing though is that more often than not he feels the need to remodel the antiques he uses in his projects. “I am obsessed with updating existing things”.
Another creative field that the interior designer is passionate about is fabric design. “I love fabrics, it is so in our culture”, Jean-Philippe says about his motivation behind JPDEMEYER&CO’s inaugural cushion and fabric interior collection showcased during Milan Design Week 2019 at the majestic Palazzo Clerici. Having created numerous bespoke fabrics for several projects, facilitated by the ubiquity of fabric mills in close proximity to Rooigem, it was only natural for Jean-Philippe to create an interior collection out of these designs.
The complementary collection of cushions grew out of Jean-Philippe’s creative zeal. “The cushions are my canvasses; I do absolutely what I want, no client to please!” Prominent among the zany motifs and exuberant patterns are a series of graphic eyes that resemble the talismans guarding against the evil eye that can be found in many cultures. “The eye is a symbol against fear”, explains Jean-Philippe, “but more than that, the eyes mean everything for me because I never stop looking”.
JPDEMEYER&CO’s extraordinary approach to interior design has been distilled in a striking, five-kilo coffee-table book titled “Fearless Living” whose pages are chock-full of striking photographs showcasing the studio’s projects to date.
More than a compilation of glossy images and flamboyant interiors, the book is a clarion call to action. When it comes to their surroundings, the book, as the title suggests, urges its readers to find the courage to make bold choices. Jean-Philippe was quite adamant about this: “I see people afraid of making a choice when it comes to their home all the time. I really don’t understand why half of the world lives in dull grey and white interiors”. For the designer, ‘fearless living’ means choosing a theme, a colour, a concept, something that will imbue your home with character and create a certain atmosphere. “Atmosphere, what is more important in a house than an atmosphere!?”
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