Maker Monday: An ASPIRE Exclusive Interview With Frauke Meyer

The Christian Liaigre team’s main pillar of design is their uniqueness. Combining materials, textures, and lines to create an atmosphere that leaves one pondering and lusting for more. Frauke Meyer has been a part of the Liaigre team since 1998, and continues to reimagine, reconstruct, and innovate new projects with her eye and mind for design. Soft, serene, and subtle are the best ways to describe the type of aesthetic she emphasizes. Frauke uses a blend of contemporary and contemplative design to further her visions for residential and commercial spaces that are equal parts poised and stylish. Introducing this week’s Maker Monday, Frauke Meyer.

Surrounded by water, trees, and nature, this Japanese home is the ideal serene abode. Located in the Kanagawa region, you can experience peace and quiet while embracing all of Japan’s rich and bountiful culture.

Andrew Joseph: What is something you hope to see trending in design in the future?
Frauke Meyer: A higher and better conscience of the environment …less is more.

Andrew: What the weirdest thing a client has ever asked you?
Frauke: The design of a bowling corridor for our latest residential project in Munich.
The family was used to bowling with its friends every Tuesday. They have a new location where to meet now.

From Munich, Germany, this incredibly unique kitchen was built entirely from green onyx. Curved lines and soft edges create a calming atmosphere where one prepares their food.

Andrew: Who was the nicest person you worked for? Dare you want to share the worst?
Frauke: I have met a lot of very nice and special persons in the last 20 years, and I have worked for some of them.

As per the worst, I would say clients who believe they can do the job better than you can; in such cases, the relationship within the frame of the project does become very uncomfortable.

The warp of marble and wood ascend upwards in this interior project located in Munich, Germany. The intertwined materials engulf in one another leaving an optical illusion that begs you to enter the void.

Andrew: What would your dream project or dream client be right now?
Frauke: I really would love to do a very unexpected, nature-related project, such as the island residence we have designed in the Pacific, or a private beach club for surfers in Montauk like we have been asked for in the past.

Andrew: How would you define your work in three words?
Frauke: Consistent, demanding, exciting.

This luxurious spa was created in Saint-Moritz for an interior architecture project. The open space and transparency found throughout the spa allows for one to decompress and relax among the wood and glass.

Andrew: If you had one more hour in the day what would you do with it?
Frauke: Painting, drawing…….other than designing interiors and pieces of furniture.

Andrew: How do you define beauty?
Frauke: Beauty is luckily something you cannot define, but only feel.

About The Maker | Graduated at ENSAD, this German born interior architect studied in Paris, before joining the Christian Liaigre team in 1998. As the head of the Design Studio, she now embarks on a new chapter in Liaigre’s history leading exceptional projects in Europe, USA and Asia.

Houses, apartments, chalets, offices, Frauke Meyer and her team conceive interior architecture and space planning, compose with materials, and create bespoke furniture which renders each project unique. If every new project is rooted in the uniqueness of a story (albeit the location and the client), the Liaigre style imprints itself in all its subtlety: a simple signature, spaces adapted to the client’s needs, rigorously considered aesthetic to heighten the beauty of the materials, a modern and timeless spirit which conjures up elegance and sobriety.

Andrew Joseph is a regular contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine. See more of his work here.

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