“With a strong architectural statement,” Pierre Yovanovitch once told AD, “you can go on to build an interior with simple but luxurious furnishings.” After a decade working on men’s fashion lines for Pierre Cardin, Yovanovitch has quickly built a solid foundation in design, opening his namesake firm in 2001 and establishing himself as a modern master of spatial composition, design history, and custom furniture with a keen eye for elemental-yet-luxurious materials and color.
A self-described “opera fanatic,” Yovanovitch has created exhibitions for Hermès and the Rive Gauche auction house Piasa, designed the interiors of La Patinoire Royale Museum in Brussels and the five-star Hôtel Marignan in Paris, and commissioned installation artworks by the likes of Felice Varini, Tadashi Kawamata, Pieter Vermeersch, and Claire Tabouret. In 2017, he launched his Oops! range of furniture and lighting and is currently working with a client on a historic vacation home in the Hamptons. Here, he chats with AD PRO about everything from his childhood home to his penchant for pink.
AD PRO: Tell us about your childhood home.
Pierre Yovanovitch: The interior of my parents’s home was not marked by any style in particular. My mother’s family lived in Algeria until the independence, and my father’s family emigrated from Serbia, so there were very few heirlooms. This is probably why I need to create my own spaces. However, my grandmother’s home in Valberg, in the Alps, had a distinct aesthetic featuring a lot of rattan furniture, as well as Vallauris Picault ceramics from the 1950s. This decoration will always evoke the feeling of the holidays for me.
In the atrium of a Belgian townhouse, Yovanovitch paired a work by Jonathan Horowitz with a Paavo Tynell lamp and benches of his own design.