Architect - Designer
Paris-based interior architect, designer and creative director Stéphane Parmentier was influenced from a young age by the aesthetic world of civil aviation, from the contemporary art and the power of beauty on everyday life.
Today, his career turns around bringing all those vibrations together in the name of sophistication, a new cool and modern lifestyle and a twisted modernity.
Parmentier first drew upon this early influence when he embarked upon what would be a 17-year fashion career, working notably for Lanvin, Karl Lagerfeld, Givenchy (as director of women’s ready-to-wear and licenses) and as artistic director of Claude Montana. Eventually he launched his own label, which was distributed in stores such as Maria Luisa in Paris, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and Isetan in Japan.
The year 2018 is the beginning of the artistic direction for Dragonfly Creations, a collaboration with the Domaine des Etangs through the creation of an exclusive collection of objects and small furniture, as well as interventions in interior architecture within the Domaine
When, in early 2000, Parmentier landed the dream job of redesigning the first and business class cabins of Singapore Airlines, he decided to expand into interior architecture and design, and opened his own agency in 2003. Since then, he has created sophisticated interiors for private apartments and villas in Paris, the French Riviera, London, Ibiza, Geneva and Miami and Mauritius island, among other projects.
In 2005, he ventured into the world of design, creating a collection of trays and cutting boards based on the theme “Petites Architectures” for Tools Galerie in Paris.
Parmentier’s work reached a new level of maturity in late 2010 with the launch of the “Altaïr” collection, a line of stools, tables, consoles and modular elements produced by Ormond Editions. This line focused primarily on beautiful varieties of stone (lava, marble, slate) while playing up the contrast between simplicity and sophistication. Wallpaper* named the collection “Best Launch” at its 2012 Design Awards; the same year, the magazine “Espaces Contemporains” honored Altaïr with the “Best Series of Multiples” award.
From 2011 to 2016, Parmentier has been “Interior & Design Editor” of Le Printemps de la Maison. In that role, he helped to redefine the Parisian department store’s identity in home design and décor and to helm its repositioning as an upscale shopping destination for the home.
In March 2012, he was hired by the house of Hermès to create the scenography of its pop-up store on the Rue de Sèvres in Paris, a boutique that opened in May 2012.
In 2010, Parmentier started collaborating with the Maison Christofle on a variety of projects including the creation of the “Nest” bowl series unveiled in January 2012. The same year, Christofle entrusted the designer with the redesign of its new Madison Avenue flagship, an initiative that carried over to stores in London, Singapore, Shanghai, Milan, Miami, Lyon, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and elsewhere.
From April 2013 to April 2016, Parmentier has been the creative director of the celebrated French silversmith, a role that allowed him to help the Maison hone its identity and develop new collections, notably in the jewelry category and a new life style.
Also in 2013, Wallpaper* magazine asked Parmentier to create a unique piece of furniture for its exhibition “Wallpaper Handmade Project “ at the Salone del Mobile in Milan.
In 2014, Parmentier unveiled a collection of light fixtures and mirrors for the English company CTO Lighting, a collaboration that continued in 2015 and 2016.
In April 2015, in partnership with Petit h (Hermès) and Wallpaper*, Parmentier presented a unique piece for the “Handmade” project in Milan. The same year, the Mercury collection is launched : a set of limited edition of furniture and objects with a special use of patinated lava allied to marble treated with techniques originating from cabinetwork such as perforations and marquetry.
Puglia, a new collection of travertine and lava limited edition of furniture is launched, partly featured at AD Collection 2017, which blends a contemporary wish for simplicity with some reference to the sophistication of the thirties.
In 2017 and 2018, interior design projects take place in Paris, London, Geneva, Avoriaz, Corsica and Mauritius.
2017 and 2018 are also the accelerating years for collaborations in design with various international brands with the creation of various lines of furniture and objects for Giobagnara and Rabitti 1969, two Italian houses specialized in luxury goods, a line of rugs for Manufacture de Cogolin (Taï Ping) in France, a line of life style furniture and objects for Vervloet in Bruxelles, a line of doors for Astec in Italy and a line of locally manufactured objects for the luxury hotel Le Domaine des Etangs in the South East of France.
Since 2017, Stéphane Parmentier is also the creative director of Giobagnara, Rabitti 1969 and Pigment, the French specialist of rattan and wicker.
In September 2018, he is chosen by the Webster in the US as their creative director of its future home section. In October 2018, he is among the fifteen interior designers invited to participate to the AD Intérieurs exhibit in Paris.
2019 is the year of the launch of a furniture collection for Pouenat and new interior architecture projects in France, London and the Caribbean. The agency is again selected to participate to AD Interior in September.