Joseph Dirand Architecture
Joseph Dirand emerged as an enigmatic figure in the world of architecture and design after graduating from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville. At a young age of 25, Dirand was commissioned to design the interiors for Junko Shimada’s boutique in Paris, a project that catapulted him into the limelight. His narrative style has evolved over the years from strict modernism to what he describes as “ornamental minimalism.” He combines a keen eye for spatial composition—a talent honed since childhood—with an understanding of materials, light, and color. The blend of these elements makes Dirand an influential architect who can articulate his vision in versatile ways, from residential to commercial spaces.
Dirand’s design philosophy is both intricate and straightforward. He calls his style “ornamental minimalism,” a moniker that succinctly encapsulates his nuanced approach. Although his aesthetic often leans minimalist, it is imbued with an ornamental sensibility that offers both depth and warmth to a space. His fascination with marble and other luxurious materials can often be seen, particularly in his furniture collection. He is influenced by legendary architects and designers such as Le Corbusier, John Pawson, Peter Zumthor, Carlo Scarpa, and Eero Saarinen, incorporating their teachings into his designs which are meticulously planned as both environmental and architectural endeavors. His expertise is not confined to the architectural layout but extends to designing furniture and fixtures, ensuring a holistic representation of his vision.
Dirand’s work has been recognized both in France and internationally, especially his “French touch,” which resonates strongly in environments where an “art de vivre” is held in high regard. Some of his most celebrated projects include the Girafe restaurant in Paris and boutiques for high-end fashion brands like Givenchy, Alexander Wang, Chloé, and Balmain. Each project, no matter its size, undergoes a comprehensive gestation period involving thorough research into texture, composition, and history. His designs for furniture and lamps further contribute to the narrative of the architectural space they occupy. Always aiming for storytelling through his projects, Dirand has also introduced his first limited edition furniture collection under the title “modernist,” a testament to his architectural and design philosophy. His commitment to the smallest detail, as he works in tandem with his colleagues, makes every Joseph Dirand project a work of meticulous art.