Anne Derasse cherishes places full of history, heritage, know-how and high-end craftmanship. She splits her time between Brussels and the south- west of France, having converted the Ancienne Nonciature, the former Vatican embassy in Brussels, and the castle of Montmoreau, a listed historical monument of the 11th and 15th centuries in southern Charentes, into her living spaces and offices. She combines history and contemporaneity with strength and grace, in an approach of authenticity and durability, far from ephemeral trends. She captures and maintains “the soul of the place”, or else, if it has disappeared over time, subtly re-creates it, prioritising purity and elegance, “a certain stripped-down refinement”. Her style is timeless; refined but warm. She draws the entirety of her projects down to the smallest detail, from the structuring of the spaces to the design of the furniture, with a sense of proportion, rigor and emotion. She extends her interior design work into decoration in its fullest sense and in its research, with natural and noble materials expressing themselves in very specific chromatic ranges, creating timeless atmospheres that adorn the fluid spatial constructions. With an appreciation for both old masters and contemporary artists, Anne also advises her clients on selecting works of art and the development of their private collections.
Her projects have been published in numerous magazines and in her recent monograph. Some of her references include: the castle of Calon Segur, the Grand Cru Classé of Saint Estèphe in the Médoc, the Crazy Horse in Paris, the Manneken-Pis Museum in Brussels, the Montmoreau Castle in the South Charente, the Ancienne Nonciature in Brussels, an Art Deco apartment in the “Walter” listed building in Paris, and more.
Anne Derasse: The Hidden Faces of a Designer and Fervent Advocate for Heritage