Extract from Creative Paris: Urban Interiors, Inspiring Innovators by My Little Paris (Flammarion, 2019)
Like her cats, Fanny can claim to have nine lives. The first she spent travelling between France and Dubai wearing the high heels of a marketing director. In her latest incarnation, she donned a director’s jacket to run The School of Life Paris. This life-skills institution, which originated in England, offers classes on all the stuff you don’t learn in school: how to find the job of your dreams, how to boost creativity, and so on.
Fanny is surrounded by souvenirs from her numerous lives. Against one wall is a chest of drawers from Bali, discovered at a Greek antique dealer’s shop in Dubai (are you following?). Next to that, her great-grandfather’s card table. One day she stumbled upon a secret drawer; inside were the playing cards that had cost her ancestor his entire fortune. She smiles. Her own precious possessions are the old letters she keeps in her letter chest.
“My ‘Her’ chair by Fabio Novembre. The cheeky nature of Italian design makes me want to hunt for vintage objects.”
“I buy my eggshell porcelain teacups at flea markets for next to nothing, though they’re actually worth a fortune. Because they’re extraordinarily fine they’re all slightly chipped. I find the little cracks touching.”
“One of my morning rituals is doing yoga on my balcony. I call it the ‘Salutation to the Sacre-Coeur’!”
Photos by Tomoko Yasuda
Creative Paris: Urban Interiors, Inspiring Innovators by My Little Paris
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