This is Marie-France Cohen, one half of the partnership that bought us the concept store Merci. Here she sits in her home in Paris, these interiors just take my breath away. I love Marie-France Cohen’s style. Happily Cohen is about to start her third act with an interior store called Démodé.
The New York Times recently did this story …you can read more by hitting the link below
This is an extract……
Over the course of more than 40 years, Marie-France Cohen joined her husband, Bernard, on countless adventures. The creatively fecund Paris-based couple were perfectly matched: She was the exuberant aesthetic force; he was the calm, calibrated business mind.
Together they founded two businesses, both of which have had an outsize influence on the Parisian design and philanthropic scenes. In 1975, they launched Bonpoint, which pioneered exquisitely made children’s clothes with an impeccably French sense of style, and in 2009, two years after selling the company, they opened Merci, the Haut-Marais concept store that donates its revenue to children’s causes in Madagascar. Since its debut, the three-level emporium has become as emblematic of the city as the soon-to-be-shuttered Right Bank stalwart Colette.
The couple bought two homes with the profits from Bonpoint’s sale — a 17th-century hôtel particulier and carriage house built around a lush courtyard garden in the Seventh Arrondissement, and a country manor on seven acres at the edge of the forest near Fontainebleau. But instead of turning them into formal showcases, the Cohens made them havens of comfortable yet refined taste, inviting and unpretentious, with room for their children and grandchildren.
Images © Garance Dore and Celine Clanet for The New York Times
Across the way from the main living quarters is a guesthouse where Cohen is conceptualizing Démodé. She and three colleagues, including a daughter-in-law, work surrounded by fragrance samples and fabric swatches. Overhead is a brass pendant lamp by Paola Navone that resembles a floppy gold hat.
A Muji cabinet is filled with color inspirations: a deep green sleeve from a Bonpoint sweater, the pale pink edge of an Indian sari. Démodé will have an e-commerce site, and Cohen has conceived of its companion pop-up shop, on the Rue de Grenelle, as a revolving exhibition — one month it might be styled as a writer’s den, the next a teenager’s bedroom. Unlike Merci’s Pop-Modernist offerings, the new shop’s products have a softer touch, such as light azure ceramic dinnerware, parchment writing paper and velvet floor cushions decorated with images of wilted flowers, details from the paintings of the French artist Gaël Davrinche.
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