5 concepts that drive our designers What is smart design? Smart design is all about creating environments with a simple, durable, optimal, agile and responsive interior design, by prioritizing the various needs of the individuals who interact with the space. The user is always top of mind, be it for real estate, condo, residential, […]
Clairoux brings together interior design professionals, people who are passionate about their career, their calling. And no wonder - as interior design and decoration form an integral part of our culture. It is not just a question of aesthetic concern, but rather an extension of oneself, of our personal expression as is style and art.
This is the reason our interior design studio in Montréal makes it a point to participate in the major design meet-ups, international trade fairs, expositions and shows in order to sharpen this perception and apply it in our creations.
A wind of change is blowing through urban housing. The interior design firm Clairoux steps out of the box with a concept designed for the owners of new condos. Montreal, April 15, 2019 – Every year, an average of 40,000 housing units are built in Quebec. This year the Association provinciale des constructeurs d’habitations du […]
Dominated by interior design, we anticipate, explore, establish and popularize new approaches and trends to enhance the well-being of our clients in their living spaces. Good viewing!
The reputed design firm is adopting a new identity inspired by its founder After 13 years of existence, the Montreal interior design firm FX Studio Design is changing its name to Clairoux. Inspired by the name of its founder, this change became inevitable because the new name assumed greater importance in the minds of […]
La firme de design d’intérieur de Montréal, FX Studio par Clairoux, célèbre en 2017 son dixième anniversaire. Entre deux projets, c’est l’occasion de faire un bilan de tous les intérieurs conçus, réalisés et projetés. Merci à nos clients, à nos collaborateurs ainsi qu’à notre créative équipe !
Video Aeon virtual – Interior design “This project was done for Metropolitan parking. We created the Icone building in real time VR for them and added a search feature to it. It is now possible to select a condo on price, square footage, floor and side (for example west or north side). When selecting a condo […]
Maison & Objet Americas Summits and Events – Since it is the first edition in America of one of most incredible design trade shows Clairoux could not miss it. The highly awaited event will bring together design, fashion and sunny beaches for us to get to know the hottest and newest trends in the design […]
Our selection of the week design products. The first is mirror and shelf in one. Secondly, there is a very special table designed by Léa Rousse. You can also find in this article a beautiful patchwork project by Dear Human. We will leave you with the rest of the article… Ok, just one hint : “Origami”!
Cap Town was elected as the World Design Capital 2014 at the International Design Alliance (IDA) Congress. This prestigious nomination recognises the value of design thinking and using design as a tool for social, cultural and economic development.
Geometric floor design by Atelier des Granges – This French company is a parquet manufacturer who was inspired by the famous Versailles panel. Atelier des Granges has a long experience in parquet flooring, following traditional techniques of making. They do an exceptional work in both authentic models and customized hardwood floors. Emphasis on geometry of design, achieved […]
A Large urban transformation had been induced to downtown of Moscow. Krymskaya embankment had been transformed from a road into a lane for pedestrians and bicycles. This new city landmark brings a new life to this part of the city.
John Pawson – Perspectives is essentially a tool for viewing – The British architect John Pawson was invited to create an installation inside St Paul’s Cathedral. In collaboration with Swarovski he installed crystal lens and mirror in the centre of the space. The set up allow to see the beauty of the place in another way […]
Discover with us the Carbon Light by the talented Asobi. This designer received a great distinction for his stunning furniture. This beautiful object was designed for a new brand in furniture and lighting called Tokio.
Découvrez avec FX Studio Design – Clairoux la merveilleuse Parabola Chair de Carlo Aiello. Avec un design si singulier, rien d’étonnant que cette chaise à la fois futuriste et esthétique ait été récompensée par le prestigieux ICFF Studio Award de 2013.
The Clairoux real estate experience is a token of success in the undertaking of a condo project. Whether for the unit’s functionalities, the choice of finishes, the innovative common areas or the high-impact image of the lobby, the Clairoux real estate team lends its expertise, supporting even the strategic development of the project. They also […]
Clairoux is led by its passion for interior design. Our creative and collaborative approach allows us to develop our projects in a contemporary style without having to sacrifice the functionality of our compositions. Our expertise and professionalism are at your service for customised creations. At Clairoux, we believe that our participation in international design meet-ups, […]
Riding the crest of surfacing trends
Through design, we travel the globe, between New York contemporary furniture expositions and design junkets, to Brussels open September, we try to keep abreast of all the trends, inspirations and innovations possible. It's more than just our job, it's our way of life. It is our duty, and especially our great pleasure to hop over to other cities and visit trendy restaurants, designer hotels, and admire and study audacious urban designs and shops not found in Montréal. We are always seeking out that little something, the aspect that will stimulate a decor or an idea that will amaze our client. These adventures instil us with a touch of richness, an aesthetic foundation. It is interesting to participate in local or national supplier trade shows, but one must also leave one's home environment to see what the new trends are overseas, how people live, and what influences guide them at the moment. Without having to purchase a plane ticket, you can also consult various relevant blogs that focus on international influences, visit our Twitter page or our Facebook page to consult the list.
Creativity and observation
Our creativity exceeds our profession, that is, we must find stimulation through different means... museums and art installations are good examples. Fashion is no doubt the most avant-garde inspiration to observe in order to apply the new standards to interiors, colours are coordinated on clothing one year and found on our walls 2 years later. As for textures, they appear even faster. Take knitwear for example: today seen worn around the neck, and the following autumn used as cushions for our sofas. Soak in culture, read articles, attend fashion shows, visit museums and galleries, take part in local events, meet trending artists and designers, never stop being inspired.
Our definition of interior design
Design is defined by a creative activity that can turn to social, political and environmental milieux, it is omnipresent in our lives, and in the end it is useful. The primary goal of design is to invent and facilitate use, to meet a need in order to improve people's lives, to optimize dialogue and promote fluid movement in space. From an artistic standpoint, design is expressed through form. In interior design, it is expressed through volume, space, perspective and textures. The last factor, necessary for all interiors, is light. Without light, there is nothing, and without proper lighting there is no value to our creative effort.
"(…) Through the volume of space, we move, see forms, hear sounds, feel breezes, and smell the fragrances of a flower garden in bloom; space inherits sensual and aesthetic characteristics of all these elements."
- Francis D. K. Ching, Interior Design
Space and light, two separate entities
Space is a material substance, just like stone or wood, but it is inherently shapeless and diffuse. Just as an artist deals with chiaroscuro, the designer must deal with mass and emptiness in order to create rich and harmonious interior spaces. Light... without doubt the least successful element in interior design for homes. It is so easy to miss a perfect lighting design. The designer studies the light source in order to highlight empty or filled spaces and thus draws the viewer's eye to focal points of the design. The force, flux and heat of the light source can have a great influence on the desired impact. It is the designer's task to properly manipulate light and provide the client with the right advice. As we cannot always know everything, it is a good idea to seek the advice of suppliers' lighting advisors.
Design is also the mastery of function
Aside from the artistic component, design is also the mastery of function.
The designer's finished work is not found on a canvas or in a museum, it is used by people and influences the course of our lives. It is for this reason that the designer must possess the technical strength and an understanding of construction, as the impact of a decision can have consequences on the comfort and also the safety of the client. We are interior design professionals; it is our career, our vocation. But what exactly is a designer? An artist? An entrepreneur? A manager? It's a little bit of all that simultaneously. There is a constant duality in the minds of design professionals, between creativity and logic, structure and organic, numbers and plans. Does an interior designer act on her own? No, they are surrounded by suppliers, colleagues, retailers and workers, generally involving approximately 15 - 20 persons working together. A solid team is built over years of experience, investing in an interior designer means avoiding the consequences of a "trial and error" project. The designer is to the worksite what a conductor is to the symphony.