Interior designer Thomas Dariel introduces his 360-degree apartment and the connections he has with all of the objects displayed with in it. The 'lazy Susan' that Thomas designed was inspired by the Chinese tradition of coming together to eat and share dishes. He likes to treat objects like they are people, so puts a lot of thought into where to place everything.
My name is Thomas Dariel, I’m a designer, I’m designing interiors, and Im designing also some furniture.
Here it’s an apartment, it’s a full floor apartment. But what I like here is it’s a 360 degree apartment. It means we are the only neighbor on the floor. when we arrived here, the apartment was quite clean and good-looking. So we decided for this time to keep like this. And just come with our decorations, elements and furnitures.
here we like to collect many kinds of objects. And all the objects in this home, behind them there’s a souvenir. There is like a moment, or a place where we buy it, etc. For me, home is not like a showroom. here is no logic behind. There is not like I bought this one just to because it would be nice, or because it would look cool, or because it would like in the magazine or etc. It’s because we like it or because we spent a good moment with people we met.
I design for a furniture brand called Maison Dada. the dadaism, the movement that I was inspired during the last 10 years. It’s the beginning of everything. And the spirit of Maison Dada is to recreate or redesign very old objects of the 19th century or the beginning of the 20th century.
I designed the coffee table in the living room. We called it Lazy Susan. The name is coming from the industrial system of the rotating plate, rotating system. And the inspirations behind it is all these fantastic chinese dinner we have. I was always impressed by this fantastic idea of sharing, because it’s all about charity. So this inspiration is from the Chinese dining table.
We have also a standing mirror, also rotating mirror. And the standing mirror, it’s a tribute to these kind of object. Because before, the standing mirror was presented there in any kind of house, in the bedrooms, or in the dressing rooms. And for me, I like to treat the objects like they are characters, like they are people.
I designed also like a secretary. In every kind of house, apartment, flat in Paris, you have this little desk, private desk, with full of little secret places inside, with hidden drawers, with some very old mechanism inside.you can have little secret and to have this old-fashioned hidden vision of walking in your home.
you cannot live in the dadaism house. But in my design, I keep all these dadaist state of mind for my design or for my products.
I did it on purpose this time. For me, it’s like exactly who I am, who we are with my wife. We are like very connected and we are very arty people. We are very family-oriented, I have 2 children, 2 beautiful children. It’s true how home is a continuation of our everyday life. And we spend a lot of time creating with our children, creating some little characters.