Margaux LHERMITTE is the creative director and co-founder of NE-ON, one of Shanghai’s newest and hottest interior design studios.
With over 10 years of experience in interior design and over 250 projects in China alone to demonstrate her creative prowess, What Wood You Say? Couldn’t wait to hear her thoughts on the future of interior design, the importance of sustainability in her work and her advice for young designers.
Find out more in Margaux’s interview below:
Tell us a little bit about yourself…
My name is Margaux. I was born in Paris and raised in Paris, but I left quickly for England. I went to study interior design in the UK and after 4 years over there, I decided to come to China. After 10 years here in Shanghai, I am now running my own studio called Ne-On.
How has your work developed over time?
Now I am following a new way of working, together with a partner. She is Chinese and I am French. We have this cross-cultural way of working which I really enjoy, and is something we are applying to all new projects.
Do you think sustainable design is important?
I think sustainable design is definitely very important. We are consuming too much energy and too much of what the earth is offering us. We need to change our habits. Our generation needs to lead the new way.
What do you think of imondi’s products?
They have a history and a past usage, which is good in two ways; firstly because we recycle when we use that product and secondly, it is going to be suitable for any kind of project. It also gives some more history and heritage to the project which is something people miss. With the internet and social media things go too fast and we tend to forget where we come from.
How do you approach your work?
Being an interior designer for commercial projects, I work for brands. My role is to analyse what brands are looking for in terms of image, and help them develop spaces that reflect that image according to their customer profile and the feeling they want to give.
How do you reconcile your own artistic insights with the demands of the client?
Working for clients is a discussion, an interaction, a dialogue. They have their point of view, we have ours. I don’t design simply according to my style or what I like, I design what works best for the brands and most importantly, for the customers of these brands.
Who is your favourite designer?
One French interior designer – Andrée Putman. She has a very unique style – very elegant.
What do you do with your time outside of work?
I spend time with my kids first and I draw, I sketch, I design. When you’re a designer it’s first a passion, so there is no strong boundary between work and play.
What do you love most about living in Shanghai?
The diversity of people and their backgrounds. The people you meet and work with, and the energy – the positive energy, where anything is possible.
What advice would you give to young designers?
Work hard – work very hard. It’s worth it.
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