For Joseph Dirand, there was never any doubt in his mind that he would grow up to be an architect. Brought up by an interior photographer father in the architecturally diverse French capital, Dirand found inspiration in the beautiful gardens of Versailles and through the artistic movements of the time – Minimalism and Arte Povera.

It is Dirand’s fascination with the ‘form of violence and rigour,’ something apparent in both movements, that can be seen in the architect’s monochromatic earlier work. Instantly recognisable, the designs are characterised by strong lines, impeccable proportions and a distinct lack of soft furnishings. It is only recently that Dirand has started to introduce fabrics into his designs, a decision that works organically with his foray into a wider range of colour use.

Now the most sought-after architect and interior designer in the fashion world, Dirand’s ‘minimalism meets Hollywood glamour’ designs can viewed internationally in Pucci, Givenchy, Chloe and Balmain boutiques, to name but a few. For Dirand however, it is not the present that is it important, it is the future. His goal? To use only materials of the highest quality to create spaces that will be more beautiful in twenty years time than they are now.