Daniel Jasiak left home at an early age to escape the bleakness of the north of France. In Paris he enrolled in the Ecoles des Arts Decoratifs and ended up working for the style guru Li Edelkoort for nearly ten years. In 2001, he opened a shop with his line clothing, a combination of one-of-a kind pieces and ready to wear, all beautifully constructed through the juxtaposition of different fabrics. Having spent a lot of time in the southwest of France for the last ten years, Daniel appreciates the region for its warm climate, beautiful landscape, proximity to the sea, and especially its rich culture of artisans.
“A house is as much for your friends as it is for yourself,” claims Daniel Jasiak, whose country house, a converted barn in the southwest of France, is always full of guests. He and his partner, Serge Girardi, a fashion stylist, “are rarely alone here. Even when we don’t have anyone staying with us, there is inevitably a dinner, lunch or tea party organized for some friends here.”
The house, which he refers to as la grange (the barn), was a gift from Serge, who at the time had just finished restoring an old watermill on the property. It was a disused barn, with only four walls and a dirt floor, “basically an empty shell,” recalls Daniel. He wanted to make of it a comfortable place, a house not to be alone in, but to share with friends. “From the outside, the building, which is made of stone, can seem quite rough. To create a real contrast, I wanted the interior to be as soft and comfortable as possible.”