MEET THE SOCIALITE FAMILY
MEET CONSTANCE GENNARI, FOUNDER OF THE DECORATING BLOG “THE SOCIALITE FAMILY”
The founder and creator of the decorating reference website “The Socialite Family”, Constance Gennari, agreed to welcome Le Bon Marché into the privacy of her Parisian apartment. In a bright and colourful space, this interior design enthusiast, who has been breaking the codes of the interiors of inspiring families and people since 2013, reveals the secrets of her extremely unique world to us. Constance Gennari and her partner Marianne Gosset have also recently designed and produced a decor range and offer design pieces which are both modern and slightly retro. Until 7 January, “The Socialite Family” will be at Le Bon Marché: this is a chance to discover a refined selection of wall lights, velvet cushions, furniture or cotton gauze throws for yourself or to slip under the Christmas tree!
LIFESTYLE AND INTERIOR DESIGN
Can you tell us a little bit about your career path and how “The Socialite Family” came about?
Before throwing myself into the “The Socialite Family” adventure, I was already advancing in fields focused on photography and on artistic creation. I did placements at photography agencies, and I worked in journalism and in an advertising agency, where I became an art buyer. At one point, I started to feel the need to speak more personally about people who inspired me, and that was where the idea to set up a website came from. I wanted to talk about the changes over the generations that are reflected in our private space and in the decor in modern families’ apartments.
How would you describe these “Socialite Families” that you meet?
They are people who have travelled, who have studied for a long time and now have time-consuming and quite fast-paced jobs. The little time that these men or women spend at home, with their children, must be as exceptional as possible, which explains their desire to be surrounded by “beautiful things”. These might be family pieces, modern pieces or second-hand pieces, which aren’t necessarily expensive, but they all reveal something about their tastes and their personalities.
Why did you want to design your own decor range?
My goal of becoming a designer started as a desire for and also a lack of certain products or pieces. I wanted certain things that had a very simple and timeless look, but it is not that easy to find just that. I wanted wall lights, household linens made from noble materials such as velvet or cotton gauze. I also wanted to find coloured objects with soft yet strong palettes.
Out of all the “The Socialite Family” products available at Le Bon Marché, which are your best gift ideas?
Give decor as a gift. A piece that will last, such as the Panchina bench made with canework, wood and metal. You could also choose the small terrazzo-print notebooks to slip into a handbag. The burning wood or orange blossom candles will add delicate and warm touches to any interior. The colourful “Dolci” cushions will enliven the simplicity of a sofa. Finally, for a funny and original gift, I recommend the 3 small illustrated soaps, which can be collected as well as given as gifts, and which were designed exclusively for Le Bon Marché.
And on 17 December, come to personalise your linens at the temporary “The Socialite Family” section on the 1st floor of the store.
Everyone wants their piece, everyone wants to be proud of their find, of the sofa that they spent time looking for... Today, we look for a history and no longer a mere object
“THE SOCIALITE FAMILY” GIFT IDEAS AVAILABLE AT LE BON MARCHÉ
To customise your space and add a unique detail to your decor, “The Socialite Family” invites you to come to personalise your linens with a lovely first name or initials at Le Bon Marché.
The “Dolci” cushions in velvet and felt are available in dusty pink, midnight blue or almond green.
Wrapped in three packaging designs, which Saar Manche sketched especially for “The Socialite Family”, the soaps admire themselves and make us desire them. Available exclusively at Le Bon Marché.