Background. Design and fashion enthusiasts Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet joined forces, to form their studio Humbert & Poyet in 2008, after meeting one year earlier. Emil, a state-qualified architect from the Parisian National School of Architecture had just opened his own practice. Christophe, a CFAI interior designer (renowned Charpentier Academy in Paris) had just graduated and settled into his native Monaco. When they met, they immediately realized they were going to combine their complementary skills and share their ideas: “It was natural, I instantly knew we’d work together,” says Emil. They opened their first studio on the glitzy streets of Monte Carlo, providing a full range of services from construction to interior design. Both passionate about the great French tradition of the Decorative Arts as well as contemporary art, they work like sparring partners creating extremely spectacular spaces imbued with a luxurious feel.
Signature Style. Humbert & Poyet projects focus on elegant and meticulous designs to create timeless spaces, using premium materials such as stone, wood and bronze. Their love for the Art Deco movement is best expressed through their strong geometric shapes, bold colors and metallic finishes. Given their complementary skills, they have the ability to transform a space and create a true special set pairing visual exuberance with understated elegance. In their own words: « our goal is to translate a complex atmosphere into a tridimensional space ». Always playing with scale and proportions, they assert their fresh self-confident vision when mixing luxurious materials in a much-unexpected fashion. Inspired by the tradition of total architecture, the young duo (they both are in their early thirties) designs all the furniture, from the lighting fixtures to the last candleholder…
Showstoppers. The Hoxton in Paris, Aquazzura in SoHo, Beefbar worldwide, …: Humbert & Poyet speak to the sophisticated, visually-driven millennial audience. They embody the new generation of French über-cool designers, inventing a new visual language that needs no translation. Their recent projects include Beefbar restaurants worldwide; one of the latest being the Beefbar Paris whose interior merges the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements conjuring a chic and dramatic atmosphere. They also designed the Aquazzura Soho boutique in New York filled with striking graphics and enchanting décor, and Alan Yau’s first restaurant in Monaco, the Song Qi. The dynamic duo also staged a beautiful setting during the latest edition of AD Intérieurs exhibition, ‘‘The Nocturnal Smoking Room’’, a lounge imbued with muted atmosphere and structured lines, in the spirit of Neo Art Deco.
What’s Up. A new exciting collaboration with The Invisible Collection: Humbert & Poyet launch their new designs sold exclusively on The Invisible Collection. This new series of lighting, furniture and decorations echoes their design philosophy: “luxury meant for everyday living”. Each product is a statement piece, meticulously designed in order to capture first impressions and evoke a sense of sophistication within an interior. To celebrate this new collaboration, Humbert & Poyet will be in London to unveil their new collection on display at The Invisible Collection’s showroom. The exhibition, curated by them, will be on show by appointment only. Other upcoming projects include high-end residences worldwide, an ultra-luxury 19-story residential building in Monte Carlo, and new Beefbars in Rome, Athens and Malta.