What persuaded you to select the pieces that you had installed?
We discussed what pieces to he wanted to place in the new property, did studio visits and bounced ideas back and forth. It’s a dialogue when you’re working with somebody else to select works. The new space is airy and minimal, with some challenging interior architectural elements to work around, so few pieces were installed but they’re quite monumental.
Do you have a personal story with the artists?
This project was lead by Christian so many of the artists were meaningful to him- Gerard Traquandi, Francois Morrellet or Mathieu Nab for example.
Can you tell us a bit about the actual physical installation of the pieces?
Luckily for this project the installation was taken care of by Liaigre’s team. I actually love the installation process though - mapping out where to place everything, being onsite with the various teams (transporters, art installers, lighting, household staff etc) and the stress of ensuring everything goes smoothly. It’s very rewarding when it all comes together.
"I moved from London before it was fashionable to jump ship with Brexit, and now everyone and their dog is here."
What do you think of the Hotel Costes? / What is your version of the Hotel Costes?
Hotel Costes is one of those rare places that remains enduringly cool and contemporary; it’s reliable. Part of this is the crowd, which is vibrant and international, but also the attention to detail that goes into creating an effortless atmosphere - flattering lighting, sexy music, consistent menu and an opulently designed space. The Castiglione wing continues that feeling, but in a new way. It reminds me of the energy at the Mercer Hotel in New York which Liaigre also designed.
What brought you to Paris?
Lifestyle - I moved from London before it was fashionable to jump ship with Brexit and now everyone and their dog is here.
If you were not working in art, which field would you be working in and why?
Probably private equity or law. I like the stimulation of working on a variety of projects, carrying out research and negotiating.
What projects are you working on now?
A book - many of us have been unable to travel for years, so what initially started as a casual guide to Paris that I put together for friends and clients who could finally visit again has morphed into a publishing project.