High fashion and art in one—that defines his design style. He rocketed to world renown when a celebrated French fashion designer asked him
to remodel his Los Angeles home. Several more houses were to follow—in Los
Angeles, Miami and Paris, as well as the interiors of the fashion designer’s
yacht and private jet. He has worked with David Guetta and has designed
Rihanna’s Doheny Estates house in Los Angeles. He lives high above West Hollywood in a penthouse, which is
a spectacular reflection of his approach to work. Art—lots of art—is integrated
in an interior that itself is a work of art. Maxime Jacquet’s star is rising at
lightning speed. The young designer hails from Belgium, but today he calls Los
Angeles his home.
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Maxime Jacquet’s penthouse is located in the Sunset Vine
Tower in West Hollywood, Los Angeles. When he first saw the apartment it was
practically empty, a cold space without personality. The materials used were
simple and classic. Photography
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The living area with the kitchen in the background, also the access to one of the two bedrooms. The living room contains many striking
pieces, including a copper pendant light by Tom Dixon, a hand-shaped chair by
Piedro Friedeberg, bar stools from the Maxime Jacquet collection, a Zenith
chandelier by Baccarat, a large sofa and a glittering cube also designed by
Maxime—as was the wire mobile suspended from the ceiling. The grey throw is
The internal arrangement was basic, the colours off-white.
The space was intended to have the ambience of an elegant loft—a Los Angeles
loft, less ‘industrial’ than one in New York. Photography
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The living room with its majestic view over the east side of Los Angeles. In the background, the access to
the master suite.
“When I came here the first time, I felt like a child in a sweet shop. The rooms were spacious, with large windows. I knew right away
that I could create something here that would blow everyone
away. As it was, the apartment was devoid of character. Now it
has a great deal of character because, starting from nothing, I have
been able to add everything. I particularly wanted dark walls and
colour, lots of colour. People told me to use a minimum of furniture, to leave the view unspoilt. I was convinced that in the end
you get used to the view, whereas the interior you live in is
something that affects you directly—the art, the fabrics, textures,
objects are constantly changing and they speak to you,” to use
Maxime’s own words. Photography
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The guest bedroom with a red Eames chair and a bed from the Maxime Jacquet
collection.The bed is covered in Missoni fabric.
“For me, colour is very important. I love dark colours because they give you a feeling of security. Not black, but all the
variations on warm, dark shades. In my work an important first step is to
determine the colour and texture of the walls. The second step is the art. An
interior without art is like a person without personality. I couldn’t possibly create something without
art. You must express who you are as a person, and art plays an important part
in that. That’s why one of the chief aspects of an interior project is the art
you select together with your clients. You must take time to discover what they
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The master bathroom with a vintage denim rug from the Maxime Jacquet collection.
His own apartment, with views over the whole of Los Angeles, from the hills to the sea, is living proof of his views on art. The space comprises a large central area, which also
houses the kitchen with cooking island. Flanking the living room there are two bedrooms
with en-suite bathrooms. Artworks are scattered throughout the apartment. Hermès
Birken and Louis Vuitton suitcases have been placed, seemingly carelessly and liberally,
as objects in the interior. He clearly has a preference for everything vintage. Photography
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Sunset Vine Tower where Maxime has his penthouse.
Maxime: “I’m a real collector. I buy everything that appeals to me and I don’t look at the price. Art and attractive things come at a price, but it’s all about what those objects mean
to you. It seems full here, but if I see something beautiful I buy it. There’s always room for
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The kitchen which forms an integral part of the living space.
His star has risen rapidly. He was born in Belgium in 1992 and, when he was a child, travelled the world with his parents.
He studied art and history in the Belgian city of Leuven. At that stage he was
a restorer of art objects. A website with photos of his own interior was reason
enough for a French fashion tycoon to commission him to design the interior of
one of his homes in the city where Jaquet longed to live: Los Angeles. Those
assignments formed the foundations for his fame. He was just 19 years old. Photography
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The master suite with a bed from the Maxime Jacquet
collection. One of the works
behind the bed is Andy Warhol’s depiction of Ingrid Bergman as a nun.
“I’d often been to LA and knew it was where I wanted to live. When the request came in I said ‘yes’ right away. I’d no idea
how to tackle it, hardly spoke the language, but I wasn’t apprehensive because
I knew I could design something special to reflect his personality. That’s just
what I did and in that same year I did a couple more projects for the same
client, including a yacht and a private jet.” Photography
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The guest bedroom with fabrics by Missoni; the lamp
with mother-of-pearl discs is
by Verner. The Ray Ban illustration is by Sebastian Onufszak.
Maxime’s basic principle is clear: “I follow my passion. Important sources of inspiration are fashion and the street scene. I do things stemming from my own creative mood. I don’t care what other people have to say. I’m not scared of doing things people have never seen before. After that first big job, everything snowballed and it’s never stopped! In recent years I’ve been able to set up a team to put my ideas into effect.”
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The master suite with the stunning view over Los Angeles
towards the ocean. The big
green apple is a sculpture sourced from Bull & Stein, the bedding is by Fendi and the
natural kraft paper console
came from Molo.
The white ball chair is by Eero
Aarnio and the white floor
lamp beside it is by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen
Takashi Murukami designed the
travel trunk for Louis Vuitton.
The large ceiling mobile is by
And he went on: “The guiding principle is always to create a liveable, attractive
and contemporary interior. In my mind interiors are not timeless. Some things
you keep your entire life because you like them. Not because they’re timeless.
Timelessness isn’t a big deal for me. I design things to be enjoyed now. I
always tell my clients that their taste changes, as does their lifestyle. And that
also changes the interaction with the interior. I tend to be someone who looks
at what’s happening in the street and in fashion. They influence the way I see
design—it’s the way I live.”
Text by Izabel Spike Photography