For over a decade, Arnaud, Fabrice and Sylvain are les Enfants Terribles (“the terrible kids”) they occupy 24 rue Prévost-Martin in the Plainpalais neighbourhood in Geneva. This longevity is uncommon in this city but is easy to explain. The old 350-sqm garage is a stunning location that displays a highly inspiring selection of furniture and lighting. The warm welcome you get is authentic while the interior design consultation is comprehensive. It is a dynamic space: Arnaud, Fabrice and Sylvain create small interior scenes that they constantly rotate to display their collection.
On our end, after a year of pop-ups and temporary exhibitions we wanted to find a permanent space for our collection. Les Enfants Terribles were an obvious choice as our concepts are very similar for the values and aesthetic they promote. And so since last September we are proud to display part of the Heidi & James collection in this inspiring location.
Arnaud, Fabrice and Sylvain: who does what at Les Enfants Terribles?
Each of us has several roles and we all collaborate: Sylvain is the workshop master and restores all the vintage furniture that we sell. Together with Fabrice they manage the interior design work while Arnaud focuses on the store and the consulting side. The three of us work together on each interior design project whether it is for a private or professional space.
How did you meet?
At the time we used to work in the same restaurant which was called Les Fous de la Place.
What made you want to open les Enfants Terribles?
At the beginning we wanted to mix several activities in one location: design boutique, workshop, café and hairdresser with our friend Pauline. Our activities have evolved with time. We had this project in mind since a long time but could not find the right spot.
The location is gorgeous. How did you find it?
We found it while walking around in this neighbourhood that we love!
Your selection includes both vintage and contemporary furniture. How do you choose the objects?
We always go by instinct and choose the objects we love. Never be afraid of mixing things up!
You have recently reorganised the place. What are the changes at LET?
We have been regularly asked for interior design advice and consultation for a while. This is something that we love and have decided to focus on this side of our activities. We run projects for private and professional clients. In the boutique, we removed the café area to increase the space we have to display our selection. From now on it is all about furniture, lighting and vintage furniture!
What is your decoration guilty pleasure?
We love poetic atmospheres and Scandinavian furniture from the fifties and sixties.
What is your favourite object currently displayed in the boutique?
A Scandinavian openwork panel from that period, a true gem!