I usually buy pretty dilapidated apartments because it makes no sense for me to buy an already renovated one. We refurbish them entirely. They are often Haussmannian homes which need to be rethought in terms of room distribution, to fit today’s way of life and sense of comfort. Then, we operate a complete makeover of the apartment and change everything, from the electricity to the plumbing to the AC. Then, we refurnish them entirely. We only deal with foreign customers because it takes us at least a year to put an apartment back on the market. And when people visit it, 90% of them want to move in as soon as possible. It’s a different way of seing interior design. I don’t have to deal with the specific “needs” of a particular client wanting his or her dream house. I consider my work more like creating a painting. The good part being that the people can actually add their own toch to my work once they’ve moved in, which can’t be done on an actual painting. The best part of my job is that I’m lucky enough to please myself every time and customize each home totally differently from the previous one. My challenge is to be inventive and creative enough for my customers to buy an apartment where they feel at home. It’s not about them living in my house, it’s about them living in a house I designed. I’m often the first one surprised to see how things suddenly all come together and I’m often very happy with he result! It doesn’t necessarily mean that I would personally live in one of those apartments. Now, if I had to choose one of them as I’m often asked, I would answer “the next one”. Because once it’s finished I can’t help myself from thinking of what else I could do and the whole creation process rushes back to me. It really is a great pleasure for me. My wife once told me “we have to buy a provençal farmhouse, a mas”. So we bought one, on an hectare of land, that obviously needed to be entirely renovated. Then I went around asking to the local designers and decorators how long it would take to refurbish the whole thing and they said it would take aproximatly 12 to 18 months. Then, I put it on the market refurbished and furnished and the people were so enthusiastic about it that I later ended up selling 40 of them! End of story : my wife and I still don’t own a provençal farmhouse! I’m not an architect, I’m a decorator. I don’t like the idea of rebuilding “fake” if I can put things that way. My foreign customers were looking for the old provençal farmhouse. Here, I wanted to do something more formal but as you walk tour way through the apartment you’ll notice it’s a “customized formal”.