Emmanuel is known around the world for his Chic by Accident store in Mexico City, unifying Mexican folk tradition with Danish modernism or Art Deco. The result is geometric, bright, and smart. He and his partner the architect Ludwig Godfrey have designed some of Mexico City’s most sparkling gems. Take the uber-hip M.N.Roy nightclub opened in 2011, conjuring a Mayan pyramid with volcanic stone but built into an unassuming storefront in La Roma. Then you have the super club Jules Basement in Polanco, a black and white tomb glittering with crystalline angles in hyper modernism. Picault's collaborated with the product designer Philippe Starck on his first book Chic by Accident, with a prologue by Starck's and text by six young photographers. The result is book made into object d’art or what Picault calls "antiquities of the twentieth century."
It is a perfect description for his designs through time.
Place of Birth: Domfront, Normandie, France
Parents Place of Birth: Domfront, France & Cognac, France
Occupation/ Aspiration: Antique Dealer & Designer
Describe a typical day:
Wake up at 5 a.m. going to bed at 11.59 p.m. 50 minutes nap during the afternoon, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner out, visiting friends/clients, friends/clients, friends/clients.
How do you help make Mexico City a better place to live?
Working from Mexico to the world.
Share the best piece of advice you have been given.
You are stronger than you think.
Where did you go to school? What did you study?
France in the street, in my bed, in Paris.
What was your first source of inspiration in your professional career?
List a meaningful object or talisman you carry with you?
Two Interiors images, 1 of my house in France and 1 of my house in Mexico.
What is your drink of choice? Vikingo Chic Cocktail made with Tequila, Calvados & Champagne.
Who is your favorite designer or brand or product. Vernacular Design.
Name three songs you are listening to right now. “Sur un trapeze” by Alain Bashung, “L'hôtel particulier” by Serge Gainsbourg, “Dans le petit bois de Saint-Amand” by Barbara.
Name your favorite book. Vers Une Architecture by Le Corbusier.
Name your favorite blog. Ma petite voix intérieure.
Name a Mexican you admire. The first half XX century, Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas.