Minakani is a design studio located in the heart of Paris. Since 2005, we create patterns and design with much love and energy for fashion textiles and interior home decor. Our designs are simple, graphic and positive. Our inspiration is utterly eclectic … We love telling stories and we want to beautify life, bringing colors and fantasy in our everyday life … For us, a design can change everything …
What is your source(s) of inspiration, what moves you?
I get inspired by everything around me… Paris is a great source of inspiration, as much as a friend, an apple, my cats, a song, the sea, a tree, a book and all the small things… Above all, it is the way you look at things, the poetry you see, the craving you feel, the beauty in colors and the willingness to look with fresh eyes looking for happiness and harmony.
Your favorite museum, your favorite drink
Museum = None ! Beware, too busy.
Still fresh water when it is hot or a dark black tea when it is sad outside.
Do you work at night or during the day?
During the day, because of the light, but in fact I think about drawing all the time.
The artist you crave for (at the moment)
Alexis Neville, I love his poetic vibe, his humour, his elaborated and puzzling colors. He is both serious and light. www.alexisnivelle.fr
Otherwise, I could mention Hockney, Matisse, Klee, les Nabis, Redon, Nolde, le Folk et Outsider Art… it is impossible to name them all.
What is the most amazing present you ever received?
The gift which comes from the heart. The most beautiful one, would be to have a Friend next to me everyday of this life.
If I say « paper » what is first coming to your mind?
It is the perfect support : cut, paint, fold, wrap, protect, embellish. I use it far too much…
Mention a quote you feel is creatively inspiring
“One should always be a little improbable” – Oscar Wilde.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Topics and causes that matter to you?
Well beings of animals : they should be well traited and their exploitation and suffering is unberable, let us promote vegan. Human rights. Please support the Animal Society, WWF and Amnesty International.
Frédéric BONNIN - Minakani