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At home with Gesa Hansen

This is how I live

设计师Gesa Hansen的居家生活

The designer Gesa Hansen has found her very own private refuge in the idyllic village of Courances, where she lives with her young children and the restaurateur Charles Compagnon. Villeroy & Boch had the opportunity to visit Gesa in her country home, renovated according to her designs. It now combines her personal Nordic style with the historical feel of the 19th century house. Take a glimpse behind the scenes.


Gesa Hansen

GESA HANSEN
PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Courances PROFESSION: Interior Designer LIFESTYLE: slow living

"This house and the natural surroundings really help me to find myself and new inspiration.”

— Gesa Hansen

Gesa was looking for a house outside Paris, because she needed a place where she could find herself again, away from the fast-paced lifestyle and working environment of the city. The atmosphere is almost magical: an idyllic garden with mature fruit trees, beds of flowers and herbs, old horseshoes reminiscent of a four-leaved clover, and a renovated former stable.

COURANCES - WHERE I LIVE

库朗斯——我心之所往

COURANCES.A small French commune in the lle-de-France region,about 50 km southeast of Paris.Known for its chateau and its gardens,natural springs and forests.

“As soon as I saw this house, I knew I was going to buy it. Because I felt that it had a soul."

—— Gesa Hansen

MY INTERIOR

Gesa has very deliberately combined old with new to add a contemporary feel to the soul of her home. For example, wooden door signs and old stone floors that distinctly show the marks of passing time, creating a very authentic effect. Lovingly revamped, they coordinate perfectly with the modern handmade furniture designed by Gesa herself. She has even extended this fusion of old and new to the bathroom. 

A BATHROOM FOR MY FAMILY

“The classic design of the collection perfectly suits the house and yet is still very modern."

— Gesa Hansen

HOMMAGE

Paying tribute to a great age

Gesa chose Villeroy & Boch’s premium Hommage collection for the family bathroom. It features a classic colour scheme: elegant black meets pure white to blend into different grey tones. The LaFleur classique taps & fittings collection adds a modern twist to the traditional cross handle without looking nostalgic. A simple oval Cetus bath, offering a relaxing haven for Gesa and fun bathing for the children, completes the look.

A BATHROOM FOR MY GUESTS

“The washbasins are very fine and delicate and the geometric shapes are a perfect representation of minimalism. I created soft colours to overcome the coldness and hardness of the ceramic."

—— Gesa Hansen

ARTIS
Fine forms. Strong colours.

The guest bathroom reflects Gesa's personal style, with clearly defined shapes and soft pastel blue on the walls, harmonising with the patterned floor. The highlight is the 'Fog' coloured square Artis washbasin on the Legato vanity unit.

MY LIFESTYLE - SLOW LIVING

The large living room with a wooden table that Gesa designed herself provides plenty of space for get-togethers with family and friends. Just the thing for short breaks, when her father Hans Hansen visits and the two swap ideas over a cup of coffee. Used often – the historical yet timeless decor of the Old Luxembourg crockery. Who says you have to keep good crockery for special occasions? 

“I think more and more people are embracing the slow living trend. It’s all about living more consciously, taking time – for others as well as for yourself."

— Gesa Hansen


Bathroom Collection 2019

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WORLD of BATHROOMS 2019

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