17 march 2017
The World of Nicolas ADNET and Marc Hertrich
All the knowledge and know-how of this duo master in the art of creating interiors, comes from their lost moments. The time suspended by the aesthetic emotion, the fulgidity of those fleeting feelings that one would like to retain as moments of grace that have never been inscribed in memory, form the raw material of their work, the salt of their approach.
The emotion they seek to create, the feeling of immediate well-being,
unctuous relaxation are like little pebbles that they found along the way and through their travels, preciously preserved in their ideal catalog of ” Moments, in anticipation of the day when they would sow them again as cardinal points of their architectural projects, by sensual touches. Because Nicolas Adnet and Marc Hertrich, more than building architects, are emotion architects, interior architects.
Whereas nothing seemed to unite the two men from different backgrounds – Marc Hertrich, born in a dynasty of Alsatian cabinetmakers in Epfig, inspired by a grandfather with a rich personality, made the Beaux-Arts in Strasbourg, The Ecole Boulle in Paris, an interior architecture section, then his classes with Michel Boyer and his first project at the prestigious Richemond palace in Geneva, while Nicolas Adnet, self-taught and equally an esthete, spent twelve years in the Lanvin house, From creation to financial management – the two, united by their common taste for beauty and refinement, were on the same chromatic wavelength: violet. One has an unheard-of talent for drawing, watercolor, sculpture, the other loves words. The duo speaks with one voice.
Used as a landmark, in confrontation with nature,
or on the contrary in camaieu with the external environment, “the color must give relief to the interior architecture” says Nicolas Adnet. Writing, drawing, traveling are very important in their creative process. “It all starts with an immersion in the country. We look for legends, stories, explore culture, sometimes summarized by a character, a trait of character, an emotion. We weave a story around emotion, look for words, in books, in our discussions (“brainstorming”). The concept is in two or three words. They contain our baseline. As long as we do not have that, we do not draw, “he explains.
The emotion? It is as much in a sunrise over the desert of Namib as in a flower touched by a ray of light, in a detail of the architecture that one suddenly discovers in his neighborhood, in the anachronism of a graph on a Parisian wall with a community sidewalk garden. In the way of pleasing and being with the other …
The search for the rare moment is at the heart of their approach.
Not that of a contentment that produces a fashionable decor in a trendy place destined to disappear. But rather the experience of a timeless place, where the human being is more important, a French refinement, a sewing spirit, an attachment to the beautiful, the timeless. “We like confrontation, freedom. We have a very high haute couture vision, very unique project, because each place is unique. Over the course of time, the two designers surrounded themselves with the most diverse artisans encountered during their travels: from the most experienced Mexican glass blower to the most talented Balinese stonecutter, from big Italian, Portuguese or Indonesian manufactories to the prestigious French craft workshops creating tailor-made furniture and decorations. From concern to detail, the international dimension of their success was born.
ream resorts in the Indian Ocean, palaces on the French Riviera,
Dluxury chalets in the mountains, Parisian breweries, mansions and Club Med at the end of the world … The satisfaction of the richest customers did not alter their perception of beauty that comes from simple things … “We are convinced that beautiful things are not necessarily rare, nor synonymous with important things. It can be found as much in a fish served in a banana leaf in certain parts of Asia as in a porcelain of Sèvres. The beautiful is in the art of hosting. Daily life is so difficult that it is up to us all to sublimate it, whatever our means. Luxury is in the moment, refinement, a white tablecloth on a garden table for a dinner with friends. Every moment of life is built. There is nothing more beautiful than the human being.
On the occasion of the 25 years of the MHNA studio, Marc Herdrich and Nicolas Adnet published a book in collaboration with the architect and writer Brigitte Fitoussi. The 336-page book entitled “Inspired Universes” reviews the most beautiful projects that have marked 25 years of their career.