Hugo Sauzay and his professional partner Charlotte de Tonnac have made waves on the Paris interior design scene with their firm Festen Architecture. ‘I like architects who consider landscape in their designs,’ says Sauzay, whose firm’s minimalist and organic aesthetic can be seen across elegant hotels and private residences, from an office space refurbishment in London's Fitzrovia to the interior design of a cottage in Normandy, France.

‘Like Geoffrey Bawa, Peter Zumthor, Eduardo Souto de Moura and Luis Barragán… we like to study the past of a building, the history of its neighbours, the sound, the traditions. Like an actor when he starts playing a role,’ Sauzay adds of Festen Arcitecture's approach. Think kitchens in striking black steel, a hotel restaurant enveloped in illuminating orange tones and lush foliage, and bathrooms paved with grey tile and slabs of stone.

Sauzay also has a soft spot for prints, which is why the interior designer was a natural fit to model the tropical blooms and versatile wardrobe classics which make up Brooksfield's S/S 2018 collection. For his working wardrobe, Sauzay looks for ‘basics with nice materials’, a winning combination which reflects the visual language of the Torino-based brand. 

Wooden house front, Cap Ferret, France. Image courtesy of Festen Architecture

‘We like to immerse ourself in the period of the place,’ Sauzay adds. He singles out designing the interior of the Hôtel Les Roches Rouges on the Côte d'Azur and working on a wooden house front on the sea in Cap Ferret as recent project highlights. The Hôtel Les Roches Rouges features rooms populated with vintage Provençal objects, swathes of orange, ochre and ocean blue, and a swimming pool which falls into the sea. What better time to score both styling and summer holiday points?