CLIENTS & MAKERS → MATHILDE LE VILLAIN

Mathilde Le Villain

Founder & Director

DATE

2022

LOCATION

United Kingdom

La Villaine is about taking a space that doesn’t look like anything, understanding its potential and magnifying it to look as magical as a swan….

How was LA VILLAINE born?

After 20 years in the industry, it made sense for me to create an interior design led studio based on my own values.

The name LA VILLAINE comes from the “Ugly Duckling” (Le Villain Petit Canard) which relates to my family name and my childhood pet name. Secondly, it was about feeling like an ugly duckling as a child. I then realised my creativity made me do things and think in a different way.

Understanding this, I have been able to develop the swan inside me and help other designers in developing their own creative confidence. And finally, La Villaine is about taking a space that doesn’t look like anything, understanding its potential and magnifying it to look as magical as a swan….

"Design and creativity are a way of life. I am not into collecting designer items, instead I create the unique for myself.”
Mathilde Le Villain
FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
What childhood experiences have influenced your outlook on design?

I wanted many things I couldn’t have so I had to create them.

As a child, I was full of ideas so instead of just playing with Barbie dolls, I was making some dresses for them and designing some furniture which my brother would make for me out of some pieces of timber we could find around the yard.

Strangely now, my brother is a maker, and I am a designer.

How does design influence your way of life?

Design and creativity are a way of life. I am not into collecting designer items, instead I create the unique for myself.

This reflects in the way I look, crafting cocktails and recipes, my general way of doing things and creating what I need. From drawing my own bed to using slabs of concrete as a backdrop when displaying my art.

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Do you have an item which is priceless to you?

My grandfather’s bread knife, made with a wood handle and a beautifully dented steel blade. I love this object as it reminds me where I am from and of my grandfather being an exceptional man.

I hope I have inherited some of it, he was an inspiration.

Without furniture what would you sit on?

If you come to my home, you will probably start by sitting on the sofa and ending up joining me on the floor. I find seating on a rug or a cushion so much more relaxing and convivial.