Farewell To François Catroux, A French Icon Of The Design World

The interior design world lost one of its’ most iconic and legendary interior designers today. Famed interior designer François Catroux has passed away. François Catroux was reported to have passed away on November 9, 2020. The top designer was 86 years old.

François Catroux and is wife, Betty Catroux a former Chanel model, and fashion icon. She has been cited as a muse by both Yves Saint Laurent and Tom Ford.

François Catroux stood as a top French interior designer that displayed settings with the most amazing neutral and sophisticated tones. He transformed a standard room into a warm, rich, and exquisite room, that perfectly fit his interior design identity. He was recognized for naturally combining modern and vintage design trends, giving an authentic touch.

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François Catroux decorated the great mansion of aristocrats, moguls, fashion queens, royals, and many others, always achieving the most exquisite results. The interior designer shared many years of experience since he opened his studio in 1968, in Paris. Guy and Marie-Hélène de Rothschild, Leslie and Abigail Wexner, Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg are part of his prestigious list of clients.

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This top French interior designer worked as a freelance editor at French Elle, for which he scouted out stylish houses for the magazine to photograph. It was after designing a friend’s palazzo in Milan, that François found his calling to the world of interior design. After long research, he achieved a minimalist and futuristic first project, that definitely made his career start.

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In the ’70s, the designer was hired by Baroness Marie-Hélène de Rothschild, to design a magnificent château outside Paris, as well as portions of Hôtel Lambert, the 17th-century hôtel particulier that is one of the city’s most spectacular private residences.

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After that, he discovered a fabulous way of creating the 18th-century neoclassicism in a modern and contemporary manner, reflecting it on two apartments, in 1975. The projects that this designer embraced, quickly established a reputation for this designer that looks to create the most breathtaking settings.

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The interior designer focused on using the most over-the-top and eccentric pieces which are able to transform any room, from a living room to a study. François Catroux was one of the best in the interior design world, and he stood as a great example for emerging designers.

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