The kitchen island can be viewed as a kind of ‘architectural plate tectonics’. It’s as if you’re in the stone quarry cooking amidst newly minded marble blocks. Dirand sets the bar high in this bold balancing act. The counter has a dizzyingly long cantilever, like the monumental awning of a stunt building. The eating area is seemingly kept in balance by a massive slab of marble that has a sink recessed into it. Functionality is not the prime concern here. The aesthetics are the result of microarchitecture and engineering.
With Dirand, the finesse is as much in the interesting details as it is in big, sculptural gestures. But if there is something that comes through his work, it is his clear predilection for modernism and sculpture. To put it bluntly, this kitchen is closer to Brancusi than to Rodin, it is more Le Corbusier than John Lautner. Dirand’s interiors ooze refinement. They are reduced to a purely architectural play of lines, volumes, and light, but without becoming radically empty boxes. The most important set pieces in the narrative scenographies he draws for his jet-set clientele are the materials, interior views, and art objects. Interiors to him are like a kind of Land Art: an immersive setup within which daily life takes place.
‘Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical and the desirable’, as fashion designer Donna Karan put it. Balance is everything, as in the design of this kitchen.