Your company has established a long-time reputation in luxury interior design. How has the company evolved in the past years?
Everything remains the same since Alberto’s time; we are a well-oiled operation and nobody has left. I carry the office alone now and we have many of the same clients. Only Alberto is no longer with us!
What is the criteria you are looking for when being approach for a particular project?
High Quality – both with the project and the client’s vision. We want to make our client’s dreams a reality
Your portfolio includes the recently renovated and refurbished The Lanesborough, an iconic luxury hotel in London. Tell us more about the project.
This renovation – started by Alberto – completed in 2015. We transformed the building with more than 300 artisans including cabinetmakers, bronzers and embroiders. We considered every detail to give the hotel a head-to-toe transformation, making this building the epitome of opulence and glamour that still reflected the heritage of the building
Beyond aesthetics, a hotel room or the cabin of a private jet are also about comfort. What is your approach?
The layout down to the very last detail must be finalized before the installation. Everything is custom made and created specifically for the jet, hotel or the yacht. Everything is drawn up ahead of time by our agency and then validated technically for the necessary technical certifications. We then validate all the material samples and control the quality of everything to be installed in the jet or the yacht
Is there a DNA of Le Cabinet Alberto Pinto?
Eclectic yet refined opulent style
What are the importance of your suppliers?
At any given time, our firm employs as many as a thousand craftspeople that we have nurtured throughout our company’s history. Our artisans really need us. There are not that many places left that do it the way we do: sur mesure. We can decorate a giant hôtel particulier or a tiny apartment, but we have to do it all the way, down to every little detail, like a jewel box.
You have your own collection of furniture, accessories and tableware. What motivated you to launch your own collection?
In 2009, we decided to create a collection of furniture, tableware and home accessories of one-of-a-kind or limited edition pieces. Spearheaded by Davina Pinto, Alberto’s niece, the collection is realized by craftsmen well-versed in French savoir-faire. The types of craftsmen enlisted for such work include upholsterers, embroiderers, cabinetmakers, bronzers, lacquerers, gilders, mirror specialists, and makers of decorative trimmings We wanted to create a line of objects that conveyed the spirit of our maison: a welcoming place, a mood, and a familial atmosphere, one that is constantly in search of beauty and all things extraordinary.
What are the most exciting projects you are currently working on?
We are now working on a residential project – a ground-up condominium – in New York City at 27 East 29th Street. We have worked on many private residences in New York City and throughout the United States, however, this is the first time we designed the full façade and the interiors of a building. As an international interior designer, working in cities all over the world, nothing surprised us here in New York. Still, working in New York City is always exciting! There is a special energy in the city that never sleeps.
What is luxury for you?
Luxury is to have time and take your time. Time is the most important luxury. We’re all running up against something. Flexibility, too—being able to travel and make your own schedule is luxurious.
From a design perspective, it’s about space, the height of the ceilings, light, etcetera. We like big things—big mansions, big rooms, etcetera. The right proportions are important, too.
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