Chahan Minassian is more than a mere designer, not that there’s anything mere about the job. Chahan is a collectionneur, a gallerist, a connoisseur of joie de vivre in the world of interior design. Basel Shows will be introducing you to the work and inspo of this amazing designer.
His work, as he says, is the pinnacle of his passion. The creativity of his ongoing work describes him better than any other words. In his work, he ranges from interior design to collection curating and furniture design. Chanan explained that reducing his field of work from high-level commercial interior design frustrated his creative lab work. So, besides working with important residential clients, he created his own gallery, allowing him to host yearly shows and fairs where his stands would transcribe his view and his seasonal thoughts, where he portrays both the designer and the client.
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Throughout his career, Chanan accomplished quite a few achievements that he had drawn to himself. From full interior design services to architecture design, yachts, a full range of residential-type projects and commercial/hospitality ones. The excellency of his work made him work on luxurious projects such as the Hotel de Crillon. Chahan actually accomplished his dream job by designing the Abbazia di San Gregorio, in Venice, for the Biennale. Now, for the multi-talented designer, his dream job is where his creativity takes him to and what can he accomplish.
Chahan deconstructs his style into nothing more than a style, in his line of thought. He means that it’s a compliment to his view of architectural construction, and it will heavily depend on the project’s location and surroundings. But if the designer had to further describe his signature style, it would fall on the monochromatic category, very textural where the richness of the design it’s more important than its commercial value.
His world is quite widespread. From his private residential projects to his galleries, showing his curated collection to the other one for his furniture design. He has been a presence in several important trade shows from New York to London and Paris. More importantly, his works have drawn the attention of serious media channels where he got exposed to a broad audience that loves his design projects. All of the designs used by Chahan are 100% theirs. It comes from the brand in the early stages and it is followed closely by the team during the production process. Even when craftsmanship is involved, the artist comes submerged under the Chahan philosophy, becoming a 2-signature strong piece.
The French Designer doesn’t follow any trends. His inspiration comes from the moment, and that’s when he gets his vision and accomplishes his signature. For Chahan, his goal-client is a residential luxury-seeking client. One that is receptive to his ideas although being very busy. He thinks that delegating work is quintessential and the client’s involvement comes from their schedule.
Every home and home location dictate his style, even if it’s for the same clients. Chahan feels lucky to have clients who have commissioned various and numerous homes for them in different destinations, which gives the studio a fan of possibilities. His ceramic artists’s pieces are a part of the architecture or furniture design. Chahan’s focus to light and texture is the starting point and the importance of the signature.
Chahan’s design studio and himself work on an average of fifteen to twenty projects daily. They are always working on something new, and they keep on maintaining some projects or starting a new one. All projects are currently diversified. The studio has a penthouse in London, a 1920’s house in Zurich, they designed a building from scratch and two chalets in Gstaad, a house in the south of France, an apartment in Milan, and a townhouse in Geneva… Each house has, per their location, different focuses and design differences which challenges them and makes them very happily diversified. The personal projects that he did were to install a house in Venice, which is very much alike his collections, and the strength of the mix of 20th-century vintage and collector’s pieces in a 14th-century building. But mainly the biggest highlight of representation is the installation at the Abbazia di San Gregorio in Venice. It’s a curated, collector Grand tour type of collection in a 21st-century idea, but installed as a residential project. This is the main highlight of where their latest design and style direction is.
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Chahan is a Parisian designer, and nowadays, in his opinion, the most highlighted interior designers are French Parisian colleagues. The designer thinks that craftsmanship know-how is what it’s gathering attention to himself and to his peers. In other words, fabrics, metalwork, any kind of bronze, plaster or carpentry, stays tailor-made, with special attention to knowhow and exclusivity.
The Parisian designer thinks the world is changing and advancing constantly with technology and the development of the tools of communication. Chahan believes it’s obviously important to integrate all these elements in our homes because people want to live in homes that are completely tailored without ever losing its functional side. From then, he doesn’t think that an ultra-exclusively designed edgy interior is what the future is. Chahan believes we have gone very far and fast in the last 20 years, in advancing and achieving into the new world, and he thinks it’s time to stop and appreciate what we already have.