JULIE RICHOZ, A RISING STAR ON EUROPE’S INDUSTRIAL DESIGN CIRCUIT, TAKES AN INSPIRATIONAL RIDE THROUGH PARIS, REFLECTING ON HER LIFE, HER WORK AND THE WONDER OF HER ADOPTED CITY.
Julie Richoz lives in the most typical of Parisian apartments. A sixth-floor chambre de bonne (maid’s room), it is flooded with light by windows that overlook a choppy sea of lead roofs and chimneys. This is Richoz’s second Parisian home, and she moved in only a couple of months before we met. Outsize potted plants fill the living room. Contemporary design tomes line a row of shelves. A table, which doubles as Richoz’s desk, is finished by a pair of Enzo Mari’s Mariolina chairs. Born and educated in Lausanne but raised in La Rochelle, on the west coast of France, Richoz relocated to Paris a year ago, keen to sample life in a city that she deems ripe with dynamism and potential. “This,” she said recently, “is a city where lots of things are happening.”