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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.

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Portrait of Jean-Philippe Demeyer. From the book ‘Fearless Living’. Photo © JPDEMEYER&CO.
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Portrait of Frank Ver Elst in the fabric showroom. From the book ‘Fearless Living’. Photo © JPDEMEYER&CO.
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The Young Pope cushion collection as featured in the book ‘Fearless Living’. © JPDEMEYER&CO.

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.

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Hand-cut flowers from stray sample materials sewn into sofa. Featured in the book ‘Fearless Living’. Photo © JPDEMEYER&CO.
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The remodeled living room of an Arts & Crafts townhouse. Featured in the book ‘Fearless Living’. Photo © JPDEMEYER&CO.
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JPDEMEYER&CO’s latest cushion & fabric collections presented at Palazzo Clerici during Milan Design Week 2019. © JPDEMEYER&CO.

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”.

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For a new fireplace in an existing country house, Demeyer designed an atomic wall in plaster revealing the building blocks of all materials. Featured in the book ‘Fearless Living’. Photo © JPDEMEYER&CO.
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JPDEMEYER&CO’s latest cushion & fabric collections presented at Palazzo Clerici during Milan Design Week 2019. © JPDEMEYER&CO.
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JPDEMEYER&CO’s latest cushion & fabric collections presented at Palazzo Clerici during Milan Design Week 2019. © JPDEMEYER&CO.

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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.

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JPDEMEYER&CO’s latest cushion & fabric collections presented at Palazzo Clerici during Milan Design Week 2019. © JPDEMEYER&CO.

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.

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JPDEMEYER&CO’s latest cushion & fabric collections presented at Palazzo Clerici during Milan Design Week 2019. © JPDEMEYER&CO.
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Cushions from the Canadian Smocking and Queen of Sheba collections as featured in the book ‘Fearless Living’. Photo © JPDEMEYER&CO.

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.

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For an Alpine chalet, Demeyer created a zero-wood atmosphere with a 1960s French flavour. Featured in the book ‘Fearless Living’. Photo © JPDEMEYER&CO.
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For an Alpine chalet, Demeyer created a zero-wood atmosphere with a 1960s French flavour. Featured in the book ‘Fearless Living’. Photo © JPDEMEYER&CO.

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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The Fendimon cushion collection. Featured in the book ‘Fearless Living’. Photo © JPDEMEYER&CO.

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