Designer Profile: Chloé Nègre

Interior and furniture designer Chloé Nègre explains the secrets to her success – and the significance of savoir faire

Chloe Negre
(Image credit: Romain Courtemanche)

After honing her design skills working for India Mahdavi for four years, Paris-based Chloé Nègre set up her interior design studio in 2015. 

Studio Chloé Nègre’s portfolio is multidisciplinary, covering hospitality, store, residential and furniture design projects – all of which combine the studio’s hallmarks of intuition and elegance.

We talked to Chloé about her career and work.

Tell us about your design studio

Living room with green sofa

(Image credit: Yannick Labrousse)

'Our design studio is in a very typically Parisian building that’s built in the Haussmann style, nestled sweetly in a very quiet courtyard on the Right Bank. It’s a hub of creativity that is full of mood boards on the walls and materials and prototypes everywhere.'

What was your breakthrough project?

Interior of breakfast room or cafe with tables and chairs

(Image credit: Romaine Courtemanche)

'My breakthrough project arrived in 2015 when I met Adrien Gloaguen, the hotelier and founder of the hotel group Touriste. The design of this first project, Hôtel Bienvenue, has since proved so successful that Adrien asked me to work on his most recent endeavour, Hôtel Beauregard, which is located on the Left Bank with an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower. 

'For Hôtel Beauregard I decided to create a hotel where I would like to stay if I was a tourist, and for this reason, it has distinctive design codes reinterpreting those of a Parisian house. 

'We collected pictures of clichés; decorations, monuments and styles that are iconic to the capital. You may recognize design cues such as the fluffy curtains of the Ritz, the stripes of the Colonnes de Buren in the Palais Royal garden, or the trellis pattern from Luxembourg garden on the rugs. It’s a celebration both of French style and craftsmanship, both of which have been inspiring each other for centuries, and are the reason why French design remains so special.

'It is this commitment to savoir faire and craftsmanship that gives us, the designers, endless possibilities to fulfil our most crazy ideas. You can find traces of our passion for weaving in French savoir faire across other projects, too, including retail, residential and furniture design.'

What are your favorite recent projects?

Living room with green sofa and tapestry on wall behind

(Image credit: Romaine Courtemanche)

'Mougins, a project we worked on in 2019, is a gorgeous villa in the South of France. It had been renovated in the 1960s but remained largely untouched since. The family asked me to refresh the decoration and my goal was to match the tastes of both the younger and the older generations. I decided to work on a few iconic pieces of furniture and let them coexist with more classical ones. This collection was the first to be sold on The Invisible Collection.

'We also recently collaborated with French fabric atelier Manuel Canovas. I curated our latest 2023 furniture and accessories with the new 2023 Canovas fabric collection, staged at the Saint-Germain-des-Prés showroom during Paris Déco Off. Design director Olivia Deruelle shares my love and vision for color, and I’m happy to say that we have another new project in the pipeline.'

Contributing Editor

Rory Robertson has a long-standing history working across the interiors industry. Rory studied Interior Architecture at the University of Edinburgh, and later, Theatre Set Design and Architectural Illustration at The Rhode Island School of Design on America's East Coast. Rory's foray with the editorial world started a decade ago at Livingetc magazine, a title to which he regularly contributes today. Specializing with a deep-seated appreciation for historical homes and interiors, Rory often travels far and wide to be inspired by unique properties with a fascinating history.