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DOMOTEX INTERVIEW 26


mosaic fl oors and the mosaic with a nice pattern and colour, like the “blue rain drop” mosaic fl oor I found in a private Parisian building.


DOMOTEX : More importantly, as someone involved in interiors on a greater level, how important are fl oors to the design process? SEBASTIAN: I see a lot of classic herringbone wooden fl oors on a daily basis in Paris and more simple [grey/white tile] fl oors I feel a lot of people still don’t dare to use, i.e. colourful tiles, outside the bathroom. I have seen great examples of the creative use of tiles as wall coverings in the bedroom or kitchen. There’s still big potential to make even more creative use of these colourful tiles. I guess it still needs some time and more good inspiration for people to accept that.


DOMOTEX : I know Stella McCartney’s Mayfair store well. How did your image of that distinctive fl oor end up on the cover of Elle Decoration? SEBASTIAN: That’s a funny story actually. I didn’t know about the cover until it came out and I found out when I saw the cover image posted on Elle Deco’s Facebook page. I couldn’t really believe it when I saw it at fi rst. The whole thing started with a specifi c project called Londonfl oors I did in collaboration with an Italian Printing Company. The whole series then went kind of viral and Elle


Decoration wanted to run a story about all the diff erent fl oors I found in London. So I knew that there was going to be an article with the images within the issue. However, I was never actually told about the Cover.


DOMOTEX : A lot of people will be asking this: Is there a perfect way to shoot ornate tiles from a few feet above the ground? What do you use? SEBASTIAN: I have a preferred way of shooting what I call “my fl oors”. For me, one of the most important aspects while shooting fl oors is always to face the light source, so that my body doesn’t draw a big shadow on the image I am about to take. I also like everything to be as symmetrical as possible. Most people think that I take these images with my phone but I think


since I started the project I have taken maybe handful images with the phone. The rest are all taken with a DSLR and a wide angle lens. Sometimes, I add a fl ash if the hallways are too dark.


DOMOTEX : Tell me about the shoes. Those Laboutins that you own have certainly been around.


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SEBASTIAN: Yes, the shoes! So, in the beginning I didn’t pay too much attention to what kind of shoes I was wearing, but when I started to get more and more comments about them I realised that these are actually the only element in the image that represent me.


People don’t know who I am. However, it happened a couple of times that I would get recognised in the streets by people because of the shoes I was wearing. So now they have become a crucial part


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