Studio KO | Best Interior Designers from France – Karl Fournier and Olivier Mart are the creative minds behind Studio KO. They met and fell in love while studying at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and soon after founded Studio KO. They discovered that their shared aesthetic values allowed them to play well together.
Marty is the draftsman, and Fournier is the visionary. “Olivier has a tendency to add things, and I follow behind him and subtract,” Fournier explains when pressed for clarification. But, he adds, everything they do ends up as a “musical score for piano for four hands.”
Fournier and Marty founded Studio KO in 2000, fresh out of architecture school, and have been praised for their narrative-driven design. But narrative can only take you so far, and the couple has never defined themselves too rigidly.
Studio KO is one of the most sought-after design firms we know, with offices in Paris, Marrakech, and London and projects all over the world.
“We always try to adapt a project to its place,” says Fournier, noting that if there’s a common thread, it’s that natural light becomes a kind of intangible building block. “Imperfection is part of the process. It’s our language, but you can only recognize it if you can feel it.”
“Our job should be about reaching timelessness and staying away from trends.
Otherwise, you’re a has-been”.
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