How could the French presidential office be furnished?


On Sunday, France will elect its future President. What a great opportunity to rethink the famous Presidential office of theElysée Palace. Built in 1720, the palace is the ambassador of the French style and politics of the country as well as its President. Its luxurious Versailles style interiors are world famous, but are they still in keeping with our times and the real image of France? More than ever, people are asking for change, so would it not be time to give the Elysee Palace the renewal it deserves? Here are some development proposals for its future occupant...

"Elysée" by Laurent Grasso-internationally acclaimed French artist-Perrattan Gallery, exhibition held from 7 to 14 January 2017. 


If we are all admiring the Versailles style, its high ceilings, its finely gilded mouldings and its ornate walls, however, It must be admitted that it is beginning to date. A sign of elegance, French heritage, and art of living, it is a pride for all of us. "We'll see later!" had stated François Hollande from the outset of his mandate about the eventual remodeling of the office, that is much to his credit. But in the time of globalization, the real question of the Europe reinforcement, is this image of a presidential office still frozen in 1720 still justified?

Indeed, I am one of those who think that we should no longer elect a monarch, as we continue to do, although we have disguised this name as "President of the Republic". France needs an ambassador, in the sense of servant. What spirit, what message should deliver the presidential office and its interior design to its visitors?

If it is certainly inconceivable to remove the moldings from the walls - the Elysée is classified as a historical monument - but it is quite possible to rethink its development. Why not consider furniture from all over Europe, or even from around the world, that would remain under the protection ofa Versailles hull, which would be the guardian of our image and our peaceful relations with the world?

President of the French Republic, Elysée office - development proposal

1. Floor and walls

If the walls take care of the decorative and conspicuous part, the furniture must complete the whole by attenuating it. It seems judicious to focus on sober but inevitably elegant furniture. For starters, let us imagine that we replace the curtains by a noble but plain fabric, a Matt Velvet Light Grey for example, this will begin by changing the atmosphere of the room into something much sweeter.

Then we imagine very well a very large Modern carpet, which would encompass the office + living room. For example the collection ofIndia Mahdavi for the French manufacture COGOLIN, would allow by choosing a Beige or Golden tone, to echo the mouldings thanks to its very graphic style, while adding comfort and modernity.

2. The Office

As regards the office of Louis XV style, it was drawn in the 18th century by Charles Cressent and throne in the presidential room since the election of General de Gaulle... Only François Mitterand, a daring man and keen of contemporary art, exchanged all the furniture in his office against a blue Klein set signed Pierre Paulin from 1988 to 1995.

Mr. President needs space, as evidenced by the many stacks of files present in the video. In order not to weigh down the room while giving it a new air, what better than a desk in smoked glass or walnut, to the presidential standing?The  Regolo designed by Lievore Altherr Molina for SOVET ITALIA seems totally appropriate to me. Simple and distinguished, it finally registers this room in the 21st century.

--> Specifications: Available in dimensions: 200 x 100 x 74 H, 240 x 120 x 74 H, and 250 x 100 x 74 H and top finished: smoked or laminated glass, or wood: Walnut, Wenge, Beech.

As regards the Presidential chair, I propose the leather version but on the wheel base of the novelty 2017 of ARTIFORT: Zuma, designed by the French designer Patrick Norguet. A chic, balanced and comfortable armchair that will bring support and good looking to the head of state.

--> Specifications: Directional style armchair with high backrest, in fabric or leather (wide choice of coatings), star base or wheel in chromed steel.

In front of the office, as visitors seats, we imagine two chairs 0414, timeless and sculptural, from GALLOTTI & RADICE. And as for the storage, the Italian brand also edites a set of high and low consoles and storage furniture: the collection Tama. Different versions could thus discreetly amplify the storage capacity of our President.

 3. Lighting

Obviously, no way to come here to dislodge the chandelier Baccarat grafted to the Palace. But in order to further the lighting and to highlight the decor, the wall sconce Krane, by .ROLL & HILL - notably seen in Milan - seems to be appropriate. Its lantern function will remind us of the period corridors when its contemporary look emphasized by black will bring the indirect lighting, perfect to revive that of the chandelier.

--> Specifications: Available in early Fall 2017! Dimensions: H 113 cm, lamp diameter 26 cm. LED 120 or 240v. Black lacquered aluminium finish.

And here is to awaken the neutral tones of the desk, imagining two lamps Atollo by OLUCE arranged on both sides of the desk, in order to establish the stature of it. The gilded aspect of the lamps is obviously wanted, echoing the moldings, the metal brings the sparkle, which a president can not do without!

--> Specifications: Satin gilded aluminium table lamp, dimensions: variables, 2 x 75W maximum.

Finally to awaken the angles, I choose the floor lamp Column Globe of ATELIER ARETI, arranged in the four corners of the room and perhaps also on the lounge side, for its sobriety and righteousness.

--> Specifications: Brushed brass rod, dimensions: total height 183 cm, stem height 150 cm, globe diameter 25 cm, base diameter 40 cm. Power supply E27, 60W or LED equivalent.

4. The lounge area


With regard to the lounge/reception area, a couch where could the president sit in front of his guests seems judicious. We are in the French presidential office, so we must be generous on the volume but not too much because this piece is not as big as one might think. So I choose the couch Edie, edited by HOLLY HUNT, and designed by the French architect Tristan Auer, on the occasion of the rehabilitation of the Hotel Les Bains Paris. inspired by the famous sofa of Andy Warhol, it is the arty touch that France represents and which it takes care of.

--> Specifications: Walnut, velvet and leather sofa, dimensions: L229 x Prof. 96 x h75 cm or L279 x Prof. 96 x h75 cm. Several colors available.

To accompany this piece, it is necessary to count at least 4 reception armchairs in order to be able to receive easily. One imagines an effective, fine and neat armchair, as can be the armchair Anello by .BRUNO FAUCZ for example, a real master in the art of seats. This renowned Brazilian designer offers an armchair with a vintage but resolutely contemporary look, chosen black for sobriety, with copper inserts for elegance.

And finally, in order to establish the role of the French presidential office and its host, a coffee table French, designed by CHRISTOPHE DELCOURT, Dup, whose imposing mass, smooth and sculptural also helps to attenuate the moldings and decorations of the walls.We're French, we're generous.

Long live the Republic, and long live France.

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Chloé Valette