who's the boss?
Christophe is a Franco-Portuguese man in his fourties. Born of Portuguese parents in Nismes, known both as the statistically warmest city in Southern France and most remarkably for its Roman heritage sites. The imprint on him left by the surrounding millennial architecture and culture of centuries-old street festivals is met equally by the optimism, enthusiasm and conquering temperament of Iberians.
Passionate, open and curious of one and the other thing, he engaged from a very young age into a methodic and resolute itinerary beyond boundaries. He speaks four languages, has lived in Lisbon, London and Paris, he moved homes 13 times.
Some say he is both the orchestra and the conductor, a tenacious and meticulous yet energetic, and creative person. With a pencil he seeks ways to express more, innovate and further the freshness of his designs. With Daddy Said No, he draws opened-up spaces which are no less enveloping, gives a sense of height in small rooms, breaks lines, multiplies curves, he frees places and all makes sense.
Aged thirteen he had taught himself tech drawing by secretly going through the construction documents of his father’s trade, not only could he read floorplans, he had already produced numerous versions of pleasant homes with a strong twist of freedom. When he set his mind on becoming an architect in a scarce local market, daddy said no. Instead he managed export zones in the textile industry, led teams of negotiators and compliance assurance specialists in a British business bank.
Nevertheless he travelled to see the landmarks which his idol Oscar Niemeyer built in Brasilia, he designed his own wallpaper, remodelled several of his consecutive homes, he even learnt the art of silkcreen printing and exhibited and sold pieces of his own making.
Back in Paris since 2013, he subjected a Montmartre apartment, in dire need of a makeover, to a spectacular overhaul where bricks and concrete bathe in colour, shapes and light.
Meanwhile he challenged himself to yet another life change with the same determination as ever, put a final hold to his career, went back to school, came out an Interior Designer and created Daddy Said No.
With the personality of a rigourous and caring adult, and that of an air-headed daredevil child, this passionate self-taught artist works endlessly to create serene places where openness, emotion and well-being are no small thing.
He lives and works in Paris and still retreats quite often to the Nismes region as well as Portugal.
what Christophe says
Daddy Said No is the adventure I led myself into out of determination, defiance and hard work. I am each of the following characters …
The bullheaded child.
An air-headed dreamer to whom anything other than shapes and colours struggled to make sense at all, in whose eyes the intangible contours of ideas and concepts or the inflexible rules found little grace.
A little boy turned young man who assiduously endeavours to deconstruct constraint and circumvent norm, in fun ways.
A grown-up who made it to his dream job through discrete irreverence, resolute disobedience and benevolent transgression.
The wide-eyed enthusiast.
As a child I could easily be awe-struck by a façade, a building. I was fascinated by the diversity of looks and designs which came with shops, houses, streets, décors. Volumes and lights spoke books to me. I was often bewildered by spaces which felt right, as well as taken aback by places where I found myself ill-at-ease because they were equally ill-designed for their use and users.
I gradually developped what was an innate intuition for space, into what started at the age of eleven as a prolific and insistent series of drawings and floorplans of places which, to me, meant fluidity, spontaneity of use, well-being.
The inclined, seasoned professional.
Along the path originally laid out for me, which I re-routed, I gained and now treasure the openness to and inclusion of all things diverse, together with the spirit of rigourous execution and precision which were instilled in my young years and turned out to be requisites in my twenty years of experience.
As a side-hobby derived from my inalienable passion, I ended up acting outside my day-job as an advisor on various renovation and interior layout projects in both France and the UK. I rapidly found the fortunate support from close friends and relatives who pushed me to finally do what Daddy Said No to : work out a space right for you.
I design spaces like you mean it, just like I meant it.
I value your project and your vision.
I will assist you in building it.