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Q&A With Maison Diurne Founder, Thomas Zelmanovitch

Behind The Scenes At Janine Stone & Co.

Marcel Zelmanovitch created The Galerie Diurne after studying at the Vincennes University, outside of Paris, over 35 years ago. Dedicated to making the finest artisan rugs his studio’s designs are marry inspiration from great Nepalese traditions and contemporary arts.

In 1982 Galerie Diurne became the first gallery in Paris to accept bespoke comissions. Working with artists and interior designers for 38 years, his studio has crafted a collection of designs that now reside in the galleries of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and are considered timeless works of art.

Diurne has now been entrusted to Marcel’s son, Thomas, who continues to build upon the Nepalese traditions of rug making and has introduced new rug collections created through the artisnal method of Aubusson flat weaving.

In response to a creative brief set by the editors of House & Garden magazine this month, Janine Stone & Co.’s interior design team curated a 4 meter long, ivory tone rug from Galerie Diurne’s Grand Fleuve collection.

In a brief Q&A session with Janine Stone, Thomas kindly gave us an insight into the person behind the name.

1. My signature wardrobe item …
My bright-red sneakers

2. The last music I listened to …
J.S. Bach suites for Cela Solo, by Michel Fournier

3. A book on my bedside table …
Nietzsche by Gilles Deleuze

3. My guilty pleasure …
Japanese whiskey

4. A place that inspires me …
The hillside of Moissac, a village in the department of Tarn-et-Garonne, South West of France

5. Something I do when I’m not working …
I imagine what I will create when I will be working

6. A project/creation I’m proud to recall …
The rug collection “abstraction brut”

Follow the #creativeresponse series, where Janine Stone & Co. are set a series of interior design briefs by the editors of House & Garden Magazine the House & Garden website. Further behind the series interviews (like this article) and stories about our designs are available on our’s website’s House & Garden section.