By Lauren Jade Hill
The internationally acclaimed interior designer Juan Pablo Molyneux is celebrated for his meticulously rendered French heritage-inspired designs and reverence for skilled craftsmanship. While based between the United States and France, with studios in Paris and New York, Molyneux works on a diversity of projects around the world, from institutions such as the Pavilion of Treaties in St. Petersburg, the Russian Rooms of the Palais des Nations in Geneva and the salons of the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée in Paris, to the interiors of private jets and yachts in which he combines his neoclassical-inspired style with modern design. Now, Molyneux is providing insight into the interiors he designs in the book Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home.
Acting as a window into the design of his three homes—a townhouse in Manhattan, the 17th-century Hotel Claude Passart in Paris, and a chateau in Pouy-sur-Vannes, France—the book takes a closer look at his opulent designs, the history that inspired them and the skilled artisans who played a part in creating the hand-woven textiles, marble carvings and parquet floors; a section of the book focuses on these French artisans and the valuable work they do.
It was while studying at the Universidad Católica of Santiago, the Ecole des Beaux Arts and the Ecole du Louvre that Molyneux’s passion for French heritage grew. Now considered a leading expert in this field, he frequently lectures on the craft and history of architecture and interior design, sits on the boards of the American Friends of Versailles, the French Heritage Society and the World Monuments Fund, and he has received a number of awards including the Decoration of the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres acknowledging his contribution to French culture in design and his support of artisans. This recently released book is testament to the mark Molyneux has made.