The delicate decoration of Charlotte de Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay

With its radical architecture warmed up with ceramic sconces, vintage fawn leather furniture, and its white rooms decorated with abstract works, Les Roches Rouges, in Saint-Raphaël, ranks among the most desirable hotels of the time. The establishment is undoubtedly also the best ambassador of the work of Hugo Sauzay and Charlotte de Tonnac, the couple who for ten years magnify existing places by offering them a contemporary flavor and use.

At the head of the interior design agency Festen – which they founded in 2011 as soon as they left the Camondo school – the two thirty-year-olds are part of a new, more modest way of understanding creation. , more contextual, which is based on old codes that they master and twistent Carefully. “The projects we prefer are those where we took the time to understand the essence of a building, of an era, of a neighborhood…”, they say.

“If we often use local raw materials and save what deserves to be preserved, it is not out of snobbery or backwardness but rather out of peasant common sense. »Charlotte de Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay

This contextualization work allows them to keep the existing one, an essential step at a time of resource depletion and questioning of the carbon footprint linked to construction: “If we often use local raw materials and save what deserves to be preserved, it is not out of snobbery or backwardness but rather out of peasant common sense. ” A work in the spirit of Japanese wabi-sabi where imperfection, which is part of the history of the place, is integrated into the project.

This sensitive approach has attracted the most demanding clients since the agency’s beginnings. Thierry Gillier (founder of Zadig & Voltaire), for example, entrusted them with the construction of the Hôtel Château Voltaire, imagined as a large bourgeois mansion with 32 rooms in the heart of Paris, instead of the former offices of the fashion sign.

And if they have also signed in Portofino the Splendido Mare, of the hotel group Belmond, their dubbing comes from the other side of the Atlantic. More precisely from Mexico City, with the current renovation of an old building, richly decorated with moldings, with five meters high ceilings, for the very sharp American-Mexican group Habita.