My Space | Guillaume Alan

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    We take a look inside the Hyde Park home and studio of French designer Guillaume Alan, designed in collaboration with Emilie le Corre.

    As part of our My Space series, we’re entering Guillaume Alan’s London home and studio in Hyde Park, lead by design partner Emilie le Corre. After establishing his successful Parisian studio in 2002 at age 22, Guillaume Alan now has a second base in London. 

    The traditional four-storey London brick terrace is situated in the heart of Hyde Park surrounded by greenery, doubling as Guillaume’s private residence and workspace. Original parquetry flooring and ornate architectural details combine harmoniously with minimal bespoke pieces, including furniture designed by Guillaume Alan himself.

    We caught up with Guillaume to find out how his studio space reflects the work of his practice, the perks of living in Hyde Park and how the light in London continues to inspire him.

    What do you love most about the Hyde Park neighbourhood?

    Guillaume Alan: This place is magical. Being in the heart of the vibrating city of London, the studio and home feel like a sanctuary. Surrounded by gardens and Hyde Park, there is constantly a mix of energy. I also love the walks in Hyde Park with my dog.

    How is your London studio a reflection of Guillaume Alan and the projects you produce?

    Guillaume Alan: The studio is almost monastic. It’s all about restraint in architecture and elements but opulent in spirit. Refining the superfluous, we are always inspired by classicism. We focus on sophistication by way of calm and restraint, bringing essence to the space. 

    Every detail has been thought-out and drawn by the same hand. All of the rooms are perfectly linked through the consistent material and colour palette. We have a very pure and flawless approach to this studio. The studio also reflects our goal to create ‘tailor-made’ spaces. Our work is always inspired by the location, culture and history of the building. 

    Describe your personal interior style:

    Guillaume Alan: Serene, pure, authentic, emotional and poetic.

    Which space within the studio do you gravitate to the most and why?

    Guillaume Alan: I would have to say the dining room. We focused on delivering impeccable proportions for this room through impressive full-height windows and a large Corian dining table, which serves as both a drawing and reception table. The old wooden floor and the curved lines of the Tao Armchair in brushed ash-wood and leather adds a sense of softness.

    The kitchen is also a favourite, doused in natural light. It feels very welcoming and is the perfect place to spend time with family and friends.

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    The Sevva Side Table, designed by Guillaume Alan houses a collection of objects.

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    The Sevva Bed is made in a beautiful combination of brushed ash-wood, brass, silk and Corian, designed by Guillaume Alan.

    How does this space inspire you?

    Guillaume Alan: This beautiful house had to be taken back to a raw canvas. The project has been designed from scratch and focuses on light, which is key in our work. As Le Corbusier once said: “the architecture is discovered while walking”. Light is what makes architecture; it is thanks to light that walls, space and shadows can exist. 

    The light in London is exceptional – that’s the reason why so many great painters like Monet or Turner were fascinated by the London light all year round.

    Do you have any favourite materials or design objects within this space?

    Guillaume Alan: The bespoke brushed oak-wood panelling found in the architecture and on the furniture pieces.  I saw them in a home in the British countryside, and I fell in love with the texture and tone. The colour scheme here is almost masculine, with differing shades of grey. Precision and detail are paramount throughout the space and furniture pieces are custom-made by the best craftsmen. 

    The studio also highlights the upholstery fabric collection of our studio; Cashmere and Savile Row wool weaved by old mills in Scotland.     

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    Guillaume Alan

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