Studio Lizée-Hugot, birth of a style

Stephanie Lizee and Raphael Hugot they recently founded their studio and form a duo that, like yin and yang, make their differences a powerful creative force at the service of ever-changing projects.

Ihe willingly endorses the restriction of giving his partner the freedom to create. She digs through the artisans’ side, among the materials, crockery and pieces of art while he designs the plans, manages the operational and the technical. Enjoys contact with customers and suppliers. She runs away from the world to better find her own universe. They say opposites attract. But this unity is also strength. These proverbs may seem discordant, but they adhere perfectly to the Lizée-Hugot studio, as they sum up the alchemy and complementarity of this curiously paired duo. Stéphanie Lizée and Raphael Hugot only founded their agency in 2020, but they have known each other for a long time.

Knotted oak, a signature material of the Hôtel des Académies et des Arts. Benoit Linero

After Charpentier Academy for her, Estienne’s school, the National School of Applied Arts and Crafts (Olivier de Serres) then Camondo for him, their paths crossed for the first time ten years ago, at the home of Olivier Lempereur. This interior designer, a disciple of Andrée Putman, will teach them the principles of rigor, organization and management of shipyards. Subsequently, they each led their boat in various agencies, before, in 2017, Stéphanie Lizée set out on her own. She creates a store and a corner for the fashion brand Roseanna, but also Django, a bar-restaurant in Pigalle, apartments… The two architects keep in touch. “Each sometimes looked at the other’s projects, explains Stéphanie Lizée, until the beginning of the confinement, in 2020, when large programs are presented. We decided to go together. »

The Varenne apartment at the Lisée-Hugot office.

The Varenne apartment at the Lisée-Hugot office. Christophe Coenon

various projects

In quick succession, a 200 m² apartment overlooking the Rodin Museum is being launched in Paris, the Abstinence restaurant, close to the Military School and, more recently, the Hôtel des Académies et des Arts, in the Montparnasse district. The latter was born out of a meeting with the owners of the Monsieur hotels, who saw Stéphanie Lizée’s intervention for the Le Sud hotel in Juan-les-Pins. Everything is going very fast: the project is signed in September 2020, work begins the following December for a confidential opening in July 2021. A beautiful example of the technical and aesthetic mastery shown by this young duo, but also of their creative strength . “Stéphanie knows immediately what she wants, included Raphael Hugot. During the summer before construction began, she produced sketches for the hotel’s rooms, which are identical in detail to the final result. » The Hôtel des Académies et des Arts illustrates the approach and the emerging universe of the duo: the appetite for craftsmanship, the refined selection of materials and colors, the art instilled by the touches and the quality of the old pieces… Everything, from the accessories to the furniture, including lighting, is made to measure.

Polished stainless steel, Sarrancolin marble, oak woodwork, cognac leather… for the Parisian restaurant Abstinence, the duo designed all the furniture in the spirit of the 70s.

Polished stainless steel, Sarrancolin marble, oak woodwork, cognac leather… for the Parisian restaurant Abstinence, the duo designed all the furniture in the spirit of the 70s. FRANCIS AMAND

a style apart

Could this be the signature of the Lizée-Hugot studio? “It is still too early to define our image, lucidly recognizes Stéphanie Lizée, but what is certain is that we would rather design a lamp or a sofa than look for a best seller. We love working with materials like wood or stainless steel here, and each program allows us to explore new ones. » This need led to a desire: “Imagining our own furniture and lighting collection would be another way to assert our style and make us known, says Rafael Hugot. And why not be able to produce a very identified piece, which would mark a project, but which we would present each time in a different version? » While waiting to find this common thread, atelier Lizée-Hugot continues its nascent path with high-end, inspired and inspiring proposals, avoiding the trap of repetition that, it will be understood, is not to the taste of these interior designers.

At the Hôtel des Académies et des Arts, a 19th-century building located in Paris (6), the architects give pride of place to art: Franck Lebraly imagined frescoes in pastel tones in the reception room and in some of the 20 rooms.

At the Hôtel des Académies et des Arts, a 19th-century building located in Paris (6), the architects give pride of place to art: Franck Lebraly imagined frescoes in pastel tones in the reception room and in some of the 20 rooms. Benoit Linero

Lizée-Hugot’s inspiration

  • Stephanie: «I don’t like decoration for decoration’s sake, I like to be surprised by the combinations and contrasts of materials and colors, as Studio KO does. I also like the work of Lecoadic Scotto, Luis Laplace, or French decorators like René Prou​​(1887-1947) or Jean-Michel Frank (1895-1941)”.
  • Rafael: «Pierre Yovanovitch is a mentor to me, I have always admired him, he is measured in everything, his work gives a beautiful balance. In general, I like the timeless aspect of things, the symmetry, but I can also be attracted to something very bling-bling… I don’t have a favorite style”.

> Interior design company Lizée-Hugot.

The Varenne apartment at the Lisée-Hugot office.

The Varenne apartment at the Lisée-Hugot office. Christophe Coenon

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