SCHOOL OF HISTORIC MONUMENTS
ARCHITECT AT THE CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES
“It’s an encounter . . . a mutual pleasure . . . a love story. It’s nothing to do with chance”
An heir to the innate refinement of the enlightenment, François Joseph Graf is a flamboyant, humanist extravagant who has already enjoyed an extraordinary career: an architect, a powerful, recognized patron, a world-renowned interior decorator and designer and a scholarly aesthete who loves French luxury and lives art as a vocation, with generosity, rigour and talent.
A towering representative of French style and its decorative art tradition and a fervent defender of our heritage and craft traditions, François Joseph Graf is a past master in designing settings of an incredible refinement, as may be seen in his outstanding abstract decor designs for the AD Interiors events since 2010.
He has a reputation as a purist and an extreme perfectionist, but this is not the full story.
François Joseph Graf is an architect of time, a past master in the art of creating invisible alchemies; he is an eternal traveller and world citizen, a man of absolute modernity who has constantly renewed his talents over the last 30 years by designing surroundings – some temporary – for people, their property and, sometimes, their beliefs.
Imaginative, whimsical, brilliant
François Joseph Graf’s work is, like the man himself, extraordinary, rooted both in history and in the most exacting standards of modernity. Over the last thirty years, the designer has created a stylistic expression that has taken him to the forefront of French style and has transcended the era by revealing its timelessness.
François Joseph Graf’s creations are governed by an unfailing rigour and the desire to turn decor not into a spectacle but the special receptacle of a life – the framework for constant reflection that never gets in the way of consistency between thought and action. For elegance, a true form of asceticism in this artist that is both innate and inherited, is above all a matter of moral standards.
As a result of the relevance of his aesthetic ambitions, François Joseph Graf has become one of the chosen few who help to define the taste of an era . . . our era.
François Joseph Graf
Architect and Interior Designer
Order, serenity, power
It was not by chance that François Joseph Graf began his career at the Château de Versailles (1981-1984), as his mentor was the head curator of the time, Pierre Verlet, whose first lesson to his pupil was to teach him to look in order to keep to the style and philosophy of each of the creations – because the architecture, furniture, objects and fabrics all shared the same taste.
François Joseph Graf’s style is, by definition, sharp and free, governed by a knowledge of history that enables him to find the right combinations, superimpositions and juxtapositions, always mastered and considered.
Admired for his balanced volumes, elegant details, magnificent materials and the ease with which he always feels at home, François Joseph Graf has decided to combine classicism and modernity in a symbiosis salutary for contemporary aesthetics, recreating a link with the tradition of taste.
A designer of furniture and objects
Exclusivity, inventiveness, elegance
François Joseph Graf’s very nature is driven by a love of freedom, to the point of obsession. We should therefore not be surprised by the inventive, eclectic way in which he mixes ideas and styles.
François Joseph Graf knows better than anyone that you don’t move around in the same way in a loft apartment or a wood-panelled apartment. Similarly, it would be vain to limit oneself to old forms and lines that could easily be made modern. As a result, he designs furniture items, borrowing from different sources, that all show evidence of creativity, technical prowess and quality of execution.
As far as design is concerned, taste and boldness are an absolute necessity from the outset. François Joseph Graf lacks neither.
As for craftsmanship, he is familiar with the most precious thing he offers us. With the eye of a passionate amateur for whom the essential lies in the detail, he designs bags for women who have nothing to prove to the world apart from their love of the exclusive, unique and rare . . .
. . . Architecture is a passion for the period and its style.
Its history a pleasure, its expression a profession. This exacting vocation which requires rigour and receptiveness offers amateurs and collectors an attentive ear, a view, a programme and a precise project to help infuse their homes with the spirit of art, people and places.
We need to know how to tactfully preserve and restore the great listed decors in the uncluttered, noble style of our period, but also to create a new contemporary aesthetic that brings the historic masterpieces of French heritage into, the 21st Century.
For our pleasure . . .