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A Master of Design

Tristan Auer founded his interior design studio in 2002. The studio specialises in high-end luxury residences, boutique-hotels, and showrooms for brands such as Chanel, Puiforcat, Cartier, Contardi, Taillardat, and Nina Ricci.

 17220 Sant Feliu de Guíxols (Girona)
- In 2002 Tristan Auer founded his interior design studio. He specialises in luxurious decoration and works for renowned luxury brands.

You’ve worked with Christian Liaigre and Philippe Starck. How did the experience influence your current working style? 

I learnt to work at a fast pace, create a variety of design options and not focus solely on one idea. I attempted to learn how to pick away at different styles instead of following just one. I also learnt how to be curious and explore different aspects of a culture. I decided to break away from the styles I had been taught previously and create from within after working with them. I seek to promote designs that reflect what I am and create from a place deep within. 

How does work go down in your studio?

We are a small team of 15 managing around 20 projects around the world, 5 of which are for hotel clients. 

How do you work with your team? 

Ideas abound once a client describes his/her project. I sketch everything out by hand and go back to see them quickly. The design idea manifests quite fast once I know the client on a more personal and intimate level. Then, I task the project out to a team member, and follow it through every step of the way. No project leaves my office without my approval. We all work closely with one another. I am the happiest man in the world because I don’t work. I live out my passion, a gift from life. 

What can you tell us about your work with cars?

I create personalized designs. It’s a new branch at my studio. I see myself as a tailor, I often tailor apartments. I do the same with cars, I tailor their interior design. The “interior” really draws me in, it’s a sensual space, very chic indeed. We never take in the interior details of cars because we never look while driving, but we do feel them. The last point is a crucial aspect for me. My finishing touches are always magnificent and refined, everything is tailored and closely tied back to the client’s personality. 

Could you unveil one of your secrets?

I discovered Fabienne L’Hostis work, he creates ceramics using raku, a traditional Japanese method from the 16th century. I often use his designs in my work.

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