Pierre Sauvage on His Design Company, Casa Lopez

Ambroise Tézenas

Pierre Sauvage is making conservative look cool again.

“I like the mix of sophistication and simplicity,” says Pierre Sauvage of Casa Lopez, the design company he took over in 2014. The 35-year-old brand, which manufactures its ceramics and rugs in Belgium, France, Portugal, and Spain and sells from three small shops in Paris, is best known for its exuberant motifs of fruit, birds, and arabesque swirls.

“I think classical design with a twist can appeal to anyone,” says Sauvage, who has added tableware and a few pieces of furniture to the mix. The colorful dishes bring a bit of whimsy to the most formal tablescape, while the rugs—made of jute, wool, and cotton—can dress up a rustic farmhouse. Sauvage accents all three of his homes, in Paris, Normandy, and Provence, with Casa Lopez pieces, which can be seen in his new book, Effortless Style (Flammarion). His designs have become a favorite of top decorators—a $9,800 monkey-themed rattan chandelier appeared in a recent palatial Linda Pinto project in this very magazine—yet Casa Lopez’s wares are often democratically priced, with items like hand-painted champagne buckets selling for $120.

Although Sauvage loves tried-and-true traditional patterns, he’s been experimenting in collaborations with other textile designers and artisans of late. He created a collection of limited-edition rugs based on the work the 20th-century book designer Paul Bonet did for French publisher Gallimard, and he’s now selling the textiles of decorator (and former creative director of the Oscar de la Renta Home Collection) Carolina Irving at his shop. “I’d like to keep expanding with more fabrics and furniture,” he says. “I’d like to make it a global brand.”