Having trained at the prestigious KLC School of Design, Emile Azan founded the multi disciplinary studio Chameleon Designs in 2005 and it has grown from strength to strength ever since.
With a passion for realising timeless interiors, Emile shares how his holistic approach personalises each project to the needs of the client: “We always work from the client first, their experiences and and what they want to achieve”.
One of the ways in which Emile creates bespoke designs is by incorporating vintage influences in his schemes – one of the many reasons we were drawn to the work of Chameleon Design studio.
Here, Emile shares his love of mid-century and Art Deco design and why a 1950s Danish Armchair is one of his most treasured possessions…
Is there a signature Chameleon Design look? If so, how would you describe it?
Our philosophy is always to work with their clients and listen to what they are trying to achieve with their individual space. We try to ‘think outside the box’ by not always using the obvious solution – sometimes doing something that little bit different can bring huge rewards. As Interior Designers we are not tied to any one supplier or manufacturer, and being completely independent, we can assess all products in the market, selecting the best option for each project based on quality, timescale and cost. Allowing us to focus on the creation of sustainable and long-term design solutions, but we always work from the client first, their experiences and and what they want to achieve. Colour and texture will always feature in our work, but ultimately what is practical, sustainable will always be part of what we do.
In terms of furniture, what design classics standout for you?
I am always drawn to the mid century modern, but, also how these pieces have been reworked by modern designers, or how they have taken their cues from this work. My favourite eras of design have always been the Art Deco – Art Nouveau eras, of designs without being slavish to them. In terms of furniture, those pieces by Eileen Grey, Mies Van Der Rohe and Louis Poulson.
What would be your top interior design tip?
Before you start, it’s essential to evaluate your home and make a list of priorities. Does your home need more living, sleeping or storage space? Could it be airier and use the space better. Consider the emotional benefits, if you feel good about your surroundings, it has a positive effect on your quality of life. Once you have done this you are in a position to start, call in an Interior Designer who can help you clarify your ideas and help you with a project plan.
What does home mean to you?
Like most people, it is where we come to at the end of the day, relax, unwind, see friends and share memories and good times.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
Like many, think it is the pieces that hold sentimental value for us, be it something we have acquired or something that has been passed down to us. For me a 1950s Danish Armchair that I can remember my parents having since I was born Some wooden carvings that were originally my Grandfathers which he acquired from his days in the Merchant Navy. A personal piece, which is the watch my Dad has left me.
A perfect Sunday is…
Coffee in bed with the Sunday papers. Followed by a traditional Sunday Roast.
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it live?
This chair and hopefully in the new library, that my partner and I hope to build.
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