Antoine Bouillot is an artist and interior designer based in Paris. He made his mark worldwide as an art director for luxury brands for many years. His mission was to provide prestigious brands with strategic insight and a creative direction.
Now, with the help of the gallery owner Alice Van den Abeele, Antoine Bouillot has launched his artistic career, creating art from a twisted luxury point of view. In parallel to his artistic path, he is the founder of an interior design agency called Maison Renards which specializes in high luxury mixed with a purist vision of interiors. From Michelin star restaurants to private residences, each interior is uniquely designed in minute detail with a rigorous aesthetic that defines his elegant and refined style.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
I’ve always been fascinated by light, so I would want to be a small light particle in one of James Turrell’s magical installations.
Who inspires you and why? An artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
Nature is probably my number one creative source. It is the closest thing to perfection. We can’t really do much better, even though a lot of people try.
What are your cultural aspirations? What do you still want to see, do and achieve?
Photography is my main source of inspiration. From works of Erwin Olaf or Alec Soth to random strangers on Instagram, every picture tells an amazing story. I would dream of seeing a photography exhibition in Versailles. Having strong images, like Nan Goldin or Cindy Sherman, clashing against the gold décor of the Hall of Mirrors would be exceptional.
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
I’m a true Parisian, so naturally I find Paris to be most powerful cultural city. From the Louvre to the Palais de Tokyo, Paris has a huge selection of things to see and get amazed by. New York also has a strong cultural vibe both inside cultural establishments and on the streets.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
I’m very lucky to be involved in a lot of interesting projects at the moment. As an artist I’m currently working on a few art pieces for shows at the end of 2016, so it’s a very creative time.
I’m also researching a purist vision for my interior architecture company, Maison Renards, which was created around the idea of designing unique interiors. Each of the creations, from restaurants, hotels, and yachts to private residences are treated as one of a kind … with art always on our minds.