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By Susana Ramos
Meet Robert Couturier, an incredible interior designer that started making history in 1987, when the billionaire financier Sir James Goldsmith trusted him with the re-conception, execution, and continuous embellishment of Goldsmith’s 20,000-acre kingdom on the Pacific Coast of Mexico!
Robert Couturier has already taken over the United States, Europe, South America, and Russia. His name has been included in Architectural Digest’s prestigious annual list of the best decorators and architects in the world and has become synonymous with continental and international style.
His talent for design began in Paris, during his attendance at Ecole Camondo, still inspiring on incredible experts such as Renzo Mongiardino, Frank Gehry, Charles LeBrun, Serge Roche, Robsjohn Gibbings, Robert Mallet Stevens, Jean Michel Frank, and many others. During his learning process, he found the love for design, due “to the opportunity to know people, and make them happy where they live”.
For the designer, he realizes that “we are all different and have different approaches to life and our surroundings which gives us many opportunities to change and be as fresh as possible. Every day is a different challenge bringing surprises and joys and sadness and disappointments”.
Being completely aware that everyone is different, with different approaches, Robert Couturier knows that every interior project must be completely adequate to the architecture, to the clients and to the setting within. To feel absolutely fulfilled with his work, the interior designer must have “happy clients. There is nothing more satisfying than a family living happily and proudly in a place you have designed”.
The best way for every potential client to discover his work, according to the designer, it’s definitely “word of mouth, not that publications do not help but they support the choices a client makes rather than determines his choice”. Through the traditional and effective method of the word of mouth marketing technique, he makes sure that he achieves his client type which are “couples in their forties, men in finance, ladies raising children but leading active lifestyles“.
The designer has established himself in the history of architecture and design books, and of course got the opportunity to lecture at galleries and at arts and antique fairs, and participates in charitable and design-industry events. His work has been featured in such publications as Architectural Digest, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Town and Country, the New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, House and Garden, the Robb Report, and Elle décor, and has distinguished the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club Showhouse, Decorator Show House, Hampton Designer Show House, and the French American Designer Show House.
Inspired on the rich interiors in which he spend his childhood and youth, Robert Couturier commits to create amazing settings, that can function as comfortable, as well as perfectly luxurious, establishing amazing and sophisticated ambiences. He focuses on creating spaces that share the most incredible trends. According to the designer “the trend is generally to large spaces light and airy; there is infinitely less focus on entertaining. Creatively things are getting simpler more monochromatic and more textured, forms softer and rounder”.
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