Dinner at Constance Clement’s charming Parisian apartment is the invite we would love most.
As the co-founder of creative agency, Persona Editions, Clement knows a lot about putting a space together. She started the agency in 2016 with her husband, Sylvain Oger, and together they have kicked off with some exciting projects. Their recent work includes the creative direction for the uber cool Le Bouillon Pigalle restaurant in Paris, and art direction for the collaboration between Revel Paris sunglasses and Maison Rabih Kayrouz.
She moved into her chic 10th arrondissement neighbourhood four months ago. The area bustles with street markets and restaurants, as Clement notes, ‘you really can find anything, anytime’, particularly if you have a keen eye for provenance. Clement inherited her taste and hunting-talent from her parents, whose Sunday treat was to wander the flea markets of Paris looking for bargains to furnish their home.
Another notable inspiration was the interior design doyenne, Madeleine Castaing, who represented for Constance a ‘huge source of inspiration and fantasy’ as a child. Castaing’s eclectic taste and collecting habits are reflected in Constance Clement’s approach to contrasting textures and colours and objects trouvées around her home. Clement frequently haunts Saint-Ouen flea market, made famous by the Surrealist poet Andre Breton, citing Serpette and Paul Bert as her favourite stalls.
Clement finds inspiration on her travels across Europe and beyond, and never fails to find treasures in the markets of Venice and Rome. Her secret is to choose carefully, a lesson she learnt the hard way, as she laughingly tells Ceraudo, ‘my previous flat was as full as an egg!’ She also recommends spending some time in a new home before filling it with pieces of furniture, as ‘it is so charming to tame or be tamed by a place’ before deciding exactly how it should look. Most of all, Clement recommends that one ‘cherish one’s souvenirs’, as they are more valuable, ultimately, than any expensive design piece.