Fascinated by Opera and theatre’s sets and atmospheres, Dorothée Boissier enrols at Penninghen- Esag, Paris’ superior graphic design school, where she graduates at the top of her class. She starts her career at an up-and-coming architecture firm, at Christian Liaigre, participating in the success of the star brand that combines furniture creation and interior design. She then joins Philippe Starck’s agency as a manager, and becomes an associate of Starck Network. After nine years with the iconic designer, Dorothée Boissier creates her own agency with her partner Patrick Gilles.
Born in Sevilla, Patrick Gilles grows up in the southeast of France in Marseilles and then Montpellier. He goes to Paris to study at Camondo school for graphic and interior design. With his diploma, he joins Christian Liaigre’s agency. He works there for nine years during which he participates in key projects and creates, with Christian Liaigre, all of the furniture. This is also where he meets Dorothée. He then creates his own independent interior design agency, PG Studio. Facing ever-growing demand, Patrick and Dorothée have no other choice than to create their own agency in 2004.
In complementary ways, Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier oppose and attract one another. They clash, to better reconcile. Of these disagreements comes a rich and inspired creative dialogue: involved in a mental ping-pong, the pair shapes its ideas. If wood species and pure lines are Patrick Gilles’ language, Dorothée plays with colours, spatial fluidity and an innate elegance to brighten spaces up.
As a couple, they write a partition where each uses his own role and stylistic influences to make a whole.
THE DESIGN OFFICE
Combining confident taste and creativity, Patrick and Dorothée frequently give artists carte blanche, such as François Houtin, Cyprien Chabert or Alix Waline, who invest the walls of their projects. And transform the perception of space.
A timeless and abundant approach, cultural and rigorous, that has earned them International recognition.
“We love Les Choses.
We create a collection of projects, furniture, objects, and emotions;
a collection that tells our story, pairing, mixing and conjugating relentlessly and not without pleasure,
the words of the illustrator and the drawings of the writer,
with France as roots and the world as horizon.”
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