Bismut & Bismut’s work on very different projects and scales, straight from a piece of furniture‘s detail to a building‘s architecture design. Their projects are about volumes, lines, space, and material simplifying architectural vocabulary by keeping only the bare essentials. Their work has been largely published in different French and foreign editions of specialized magazines.
The Bismut balance also includes a thoughtful mélange of modern works with antiques, which they feel lend a warm, human quality to an environment. In the contemporary dining room of this modern apartment, wooden versions of the Eames LCW chair surround an HT02 table by Bismut & Bismutunder a Coco pendant light by Ochre.
Although the brothers consider themselves architects first and foremost, they are also interior designers and have produced a furniture series titled La Collection to supplement their work. The aesthetic is clean and timeless, featuring surprising juxtapositions of textures and materials: bookcases with marble shelves and metal armatures; sofas made from lambskin, lacquered wood, and polished stainless steel.
We love to work on all aspects of a project, and different kinds of projects. We really don’t want to specialize. Some people are known for kitchens or hotels, but we want to keep our hands in all of the pots.
Although their work is diverse, a few key elements are present in any Bismut & Bismutdesign. The brothers favor simplicity, focusing on space and light as the foundations for any successful project.
Practicing architecture and design is like working on a sculpture: It’s about scale, proportion, and, of course, texture. Even with no budget to buy important art pieces or furniture, if you have strong work with the volumes and the light, that’s enough to create an atmosphere. Every project has to live for years, so we always start on this basis, which is balance above all.
A year after the foundation of Bismut & Bismut’s agency in 1987, they arranged a trendy shoe shop in SoHo in New York City which propelled them to media exposure. Project after project, their style appears economy of architectural and decorative effect, the combination of materials, shapes, and a pattern of light and reflections.
Beyond their aesthetic concerns, they aim for a certain topicality — a conceptual underpinning for all their designs.
When you have something new that cohabits with something old, one reinforces the other — there is not one which is weak and one which is strong. Objects that carry something about your life and your story give a rhythm to the room.
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