Photo by Ambroise TezenasLaura Gonzalès, Designer of the YearHaving founded her agency, Pravda Arkitect, in 2008, this architect and designer has added a number of huge accomplishments to her resume, having designed the Lapérouse restaurant, the Relais Christine hotel, the 86Champs concept-store, the Noto restaurant in the Salle Pleyel concert hall, Cartier shops in Paris, Stockholm and Zurich, and so on. Taking inspiration from the classics and the decorative arts, she works in a revisited classical style, mixing different materials, eras and motifs. This can be seen in the former Passy-La-Muette train station, where she designed a 10,765-square-foot (1,000-square-meter) restaurant with a Colonial look.
Photo by Jérôme GallandThis year, she was named Designer of the Year at Maison & Objet, where she created a display (pictured here) that’s all her, showing her style and furniture. She told us, “I work on intuition a lot. Patterns are also an essential element for me. I love when there is life and spirit in a place.”