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October 2015

Dorothée Meilichzon

  • Ambience maker
 dorothe melichon


After Japanese designer Oki Sato (at Nendo) in January, the Maison & Objet show awarded its Designer of theYear title to an interior architect adept at creating atmosphere.


Industrial designer Dorothée Meilichzon trained at Strate College and the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied toy design. She worked in Paris for five years then at only 27 decided to open her own design studio, on the back of her first commission, which was for the interior of the Prescription Cocktail Club in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. So her multipurpose CHZON agency came into being in summer 2009. An avid researcher and trend spotter, Meilichzon derives inspiration from everything around her, not least great interior decorators such as Madeleine Castaing, Dorothy Draper, Fornasetti, David Hicks, Gio Ponti, Charles and Ray Eames, and François-Xavier Lalanne. She wants to work with artisans as much as possible so as to create unique pieces and promote manual creativity. The knowhow of weavers, woodworkers, marble masons and suchlike enables her to create unique, timeless décors that everyone can make their own. She hunts endlessly through second-hand shops and flea markets searching for things that carry memories, which she then twists with a touch of humour and irony. She finishes off her history-imbued décors with a few contemporary pieces, often from small artisan series. Essentially Meilichzon creates places with genuine personality and an atmosphere all their own, places that invite people to interact, share and make discoveries.


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