It’s an approach that has earned Demeyer a global following.
It’s an approach that has earned Demeyer a global following. PieterJan Mattan, a Belgian creative director now based in New York, was instantly dazzled by the designer’s rule-breaking ethos when they met a few years ago. “Jean-Philippe’s approach is very surreal and eclectic, off the trend train, and very daring,” Mattan says. “I was immediately attracted to his unconventional style.”
One of Mattan’s clients, the Los Angeles–based, Studio KO–designed Flamingo Estate, has “acquired some beautiful pieces,” Mattan says, “including Demeyer’s floral ChaCha sofa, which is a real showstopper.”
While Demeyer’s flair for furniture and decorative accessories has served him well, he says he feels that all interiors—both his own and the ones he designs—should foster an energy in the space that’s more than the sum of their parts. In that way, he believes, they will feel fresh and interesting for a long time to come. In his own dining room, for instance, he pairs the original Gothic fireplace with a fanciful plaster-and-resin table, which he then cheekily tops with candlesticks resembling cigarette butts.
Demeyer’s decorating strategy is an intuitive one. He maintains that the best interiors embrace the quirks of their era and slough off dogma. “Designing an interior is not a religion,” he insists. “I often compare myself to a cook. If a recipe calls for pepper, why not use cayenne?” สถาปนิก