Sybille de Margerie’s latest project, Le Cocon de Luxe, is a refuge, an escape free of constraints, which is rich in fulfilment and softness. A follower of spiritual retreats, lockdown provided great food for thought for the interior designer. Her unique savoir-faire has established her studio’s reputation as an international influence with constantly renewed creativity.
Well-being is more than ever a luxury in the heart of the creative process of this new creation. She was inspired by Marcel Proust’s ponderings: ‘‘the most remarkable journeys come from the inside, free from time and space’’. It is a new design concept, in the form of a gîte, whose purpose is to inspire hoteliers and developers as an extension of an existing establishment or a second home in the great outdoors.
Le Cocon de Luxe is ovoid shaped with an intimate and feminine space designed to be like a symbol of eternity where one can imagine reaching out the mystery of creation and life. In this sensorial and dreamlike universe, one seeks the perfect symbiosis with the cosmos, a retreat without a beginning, nor an end.
It is a space to isolate, alone or as a couple, and awaken one’s senses to a benevolent nature, rich in positivity and inspiration. One can curl up to revitalise oneself, to escape from the everyday city-living pressures, to protect oneself from a world which has become so worrisome. Wide openings play between the indoor and outdoor boundaries to create a sense of freedom and space. Inside, a day area and a night area, are connected together. The fluid layout follows a path of elliptical curves which wrap around the space without restricting the flow.
In this soft nest, the senses are awakened: creativity, the imagination and dreams are emphasised. It is a place for meditation, reading, and resting within a cosy cocoon.
The space is simultaneously luxurious and comforting, wrapped with noble and raw textures, echoing the surrounding nature. The interior includes wood and raw stone flooring, glass inlayed with iron fabric, brass, warm wooden fittings, leather, cotton, linen and velvet cushions. Colourful wallpaper and carpets bring a dynamic and poetic touch. The furniture is nomadic, easy to make bespoke and to move around. Rooted in its era, it is contemporary and full of dynamism. You will find a vintage spirit, referring to the big names in design, as many landmarks and safe values.
Luxury is hidden; it is felt more than it is shown. It is expressed in a myriad of details, from the sophistication of a doorknob to the tieback for curtains.