My Favorite Thing Interior designer Pierre Yovanovitch tells the story behind his favorite piece of furniture.

My Favorite Thing Interior designer Pierre Yovanovitch tells the story behind his favorite piece of furniture.

  • Words Annick Weber
  • Photograph Romain Laprade

My home is filled with all of my favorite things, but if I had to choose one, it would be an oak-wood chair that I designed 10 years ago. It was the first object I created for the house. Since it’s made of only one material—natural wood—it feels solid and strong. It has the proportions of a sculpture more than it does a piece of furniture. At first glance, it looks like it might be uncomfortable to sit in, but in fact it’s the opposite: You can sink right into it, like a favorite armchair. I have two of these chairs at my house. 

I’m not planning on making more, as I want them to remain unique. They’re usually in the kitchen—the room where I spend the most time. I love to cook and eat, and I often have friends over so the chairs are always at the center of everything. Th...

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