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There is a confounded pleasantry in the discovery that Paris-based Pierre Yovanovitch is in fact a design autodidact. The half-Yugoslavian, half-French architect had his beginnings as a pianist studying at a conservatory for many years before commencing business school and then an eight-year long fling with fashion, designing ready-to-wear for Pierre Cardin. It was as a matter of fact not until he began receiving requests from his companions to do up their apartments that he initiated his vocation in interior design and architecture. One can’t help but then admire how despite his lack of formal education Yovanovitch fearlessly reinterprets historical spaces with an unpretentious simplicity and artful geometry that is both crisp and comfortable. The term “Curves in all the right places” comes to mind and when it comes to modern design, curves are in fact notoriously difficult. Yovanovitch, however seamlessly espouses contours and arches in both his interior architecture and furniture creations by cleverly cavorting with both form and volume. This is beautifully represented in his cascading ribbonesque staircases comprised of ivory gypsum and metal paired with steps carved out of pale oak.
It is perhaps this attention to the volumes rather than the decoration that sets Yovanovitch apart – the paring back of ornaments and a stronger focus on the essentials that renders a meticulous yet unpretentious simplicity. By transforming spaces which are often centuries old into elegantly sublime demeures Yovanovitch expertly preserves the historic spirit whilst harmonising the requirements of a contemporary lifestyle en masse. With a signature style that is undoubtedly unique Yovanovitch leaves nothing unconsidered. His interiors epitomize minimalist chic, triumphantly incorporating both the references of 20th century American design and furniture counterbalanced with the timelessness of Scandinavian Art Deco of the likes of Axel Einar Hjorth. Ultimately one cannot dismiss the eminence and significance of fine art which is perhaps the vital ingredient, The self-confessed contemporary art aficionado indubitably works with many art collectors and confesses to “being unable to live without paintings and sculptures”.