An industrial designer, Dorothée trained at Strate College Designers and at the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied toy design. She worked in Paris for five years then decided, aged just 27, to set up her own design studio, carried by the momentum of her first project, the interior design for the Prescription Cocktail Club in Paris (Saint-Germain-des-Près).
The multipurpose agency CHZON opened in summer 2009. With a researcher’s mind, always seeking out new trends, Dorothée takes her inspiration from everything around her, especially from the great names in decor: Madeleine Castaing, Dorothy Draper, Fornasetti, David Hicks, Gio Ponti, Charles and Ray Eames and François-Xavier Lalanne.
She always wishes to work as closely as possible with craftsmen, to create unique pieces and to highlight hand- made creation. Decorators, joiners, marble masons, and their like have all the expertise that allows them to create a unique, timeless decor that everyone can make their own. Tirelessly, she trawls through junk shops and flea markets in search of objects that carry memories, which she then interprets with a touch of humour and irony. Finally, she puts the finishing touches to her historically charged decor with a few contemporary pieces, often from small craft collections. Dorothée is not seeking to create highly specialist decors, but places with a real personality, a clean atmosphere and a setting that invites people to exchange, share and make discoveries.
Amont the places she has designed in Paris, there is now the very fine Hôtel Paradis and the Café Pinson in the 10th arrondissement, and in the 1st, the Beef Club, the Ballroom and the Fish Club. In the 2nd we have the Mojo, in the 6th, the Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels.
She has also designed interiors in London, New York and Ibiza. A hotel and numerous bars and restaurants which bear little resemblance, but which are all united by the same atmosphere.
She is currently finishing the design of Hôtel Panache and the Grand Pigalle Hôtel, both in the 9th arrondissement and has also started working on the decor of the four-star Hôtel Bachaumont, located in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, which is due to open in May 2015.
At the trade show M&O PARIS and for ELLE DECORATION Café, she has produced a spectacular, intimate visual style.
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