Allow us to introduce you to Marie-Noelle Swiderski – interior architect, design guru and director of Galuchat Design.
With a company ethos that aims to ‘find the formula that gives freedom and form’ to their clients’ wishes, Galuchat Design approaches each project individually and its starting point is grasping an understanding of the client’s inspirations and desires.
Here Marie-Noelle shares the importance of lighting in a space (‘Layer, adjust and combine to get it right,’ Marie-Noelle tells us) and why home should always offer a feeling of security, inner peace and happiness…
Is there a signature Galuchat Design look? If so, how would you describe it?
I like to think that we instil soul into the spaces we design. Galuchat’s style lies in a harmony, a holistic approach to listening and understanding our clients. It brings clients to say, as soon as the project is handed over, that they feel at home already, that the design came together because it always belonged there, with them. I like style and quiet confidence and texture and colour and light. A lot. And not crowding spaces, letting them breathe. Within these general principles, all projects, all clients are different and approached as such.
In terms of furniture, what design classics standout for you?
Andrée Putman’s Crescent Moon sofa, Eero Saarinen’s Tulip chairs and dining table – purity of lines, subtle femininity: designs for the ages, all of them. Not furniture I know, but in light fixtures, Mariano Fortuny’s 1907 floor lamp and the Luc Gensollen Bubble chandelier for Maison Charles, with its futuristic yet almost retro seduction – we had a bespoke version made for a show penthouse in Dubai, featuring 30 instead of the original 12 hand-blown silver glass bulbs! It took 12 men to hold it while being installed and my heart stopped many times in the process.
What would be your top interior design tip for our readers?
Photo by Marko Zirdum
What does home mean to you?
A feeling of security, inner peace and deep happiness. We have moved 5 times in 10 years and always shipped on all of our belongings but wherever I can cook, with music, a glass of wine and my loves around me, I am home.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
My complete works of Agatha Christie (several books but one core possession for me!), a life-size statue of a fertility goddess from Gabon inherited from my father’s life work as an anthropologist, and a cream upholstered curved sofa with walnut and mother-of-pearl inlay detail I bought second hand when we were living in Dubai…
A perfect Sunday is…
One spent at home in our pyjamas, taking the time to cook, read, play and laze together, enjoying being in a bubble before the week and its demands kick in…
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it live?
I am hesitating between the pair of Hans Kogel Palm lamps and the Pineapple 3-drop pendant light – all so whimsical! My pineapple phase is still in full swing and I enjoy peppering my living space with representations of this wonderfully evocative fruit. The pair would work wonders on the console that transitions from our living to our dining room – fun, sculptural and functional. The pendant would be a perfect vestibule addition, creating a strong first impression as it presents the symbol of hospitality with light, warmth and happiness.
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