English-Speaking Interior Designers in Monaco
Unlike Paris and other French cities, Monaco being a separate country has a network on English-speaking service companies. Callender Howorth specialises in interior design, interior architecture and interior renovation in Monaco & Monte Carlo. Please have a look at our portfolio of completed projects or contact Mark or any of the team who specialise in Monaco & Monte Carlo interior design for houses, apartments, penthouses, basements, lofts and commercial spaces. We are happy to come to you to discuss requirements and let you know our fees for interior designers in Monaco.
Our previous design projects near Monaco
One of our most spectacular projects was completed by our interior designers in Monaco when they renovated an apartment in nearby Nice. This apartment on Rue Bonaparte was in an exceptional location close to the port but hadn’t been renovated in fifty years. The building was gutted to utilise space for an enormous open plan living area and two upstairs rooms with ensuite bathrooms to give the feel of 5-star hotel suites. Some original fittings were kept, namely, a vintage stone wall and beamed ceilings which add a unique ambience and plenty of character to the space. The upstairs rooms overlook a picturesque courtyard and benefit from custom-fitted lighting. Carefully selected furniture and art ensured the home was light, airy and contemporary in the style of Monaco interior architecture.
Architecture and famous listed buildings in Monaco
The small city-state of Monaco is only 2 square kilometres in size and can’t help but be influenced by its rocky terrain and narrow coastline. For this reason, the natural inclination is to build upwards and the tallest building is the Odeon Tower which is 170m high and consists of 50 floors. Remarkably, most of the buildings in Monaco aren’t skyscrapers but tend to give that impression due to the steep hills they are built on. More classical buildings, such as the legendary marble and gold Monte Carlo Casino come from the years surrounding the Belle Epoque era. The building was opened in 1863 as a way to save the ruling Grimaldi family from bankruptcy. It became famous as one of Europe’s most opulent edifices with suitably lavish decor by interior designers in Monaco. The Palais du Prince is a building with even more history, dating back to 1191, it’s been the home the Grimaldi family for over 700 years. Built in Romanesque Revival architecture and overlooking the glamorous Port de Fontvieille, Monaco Cathedral has become the final resting place of the principality’s VIPs, including Grace Kelly and her husband Prince Rainier III.
Are there any museums and exhibitions in Monaco?
Considering its size, Monaco really crams a lot of culture into its borders. The arts have been subject to a lot of investment over the years and the Monte Carlo Ballet and the Monte Carlo Opera are world-renowned. The Monte Carlo Ballet gained international fame in the 1920s when the choreographer Sergei Diaghilev was based there with his Ballets Russes. The Grimaldi Forum is an award-winning exhibition centre in the heart of Monaco, a short walk from Casino Square and on the seafront.
Interior designers in Monaco take inspiration from the unique glass-domed venue, which hosts a range of events from art exhibitions to commercial fairs; the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra regularly performs there. Monaco is also home to the International Circus Festival held each winter and the International Fireworks held in July.
Restaurants, nightlife and things to do in Monaco
Monaco is famously cosmopolitan with a mix of nationalities living on its sunny shores. This ensures a packed social and cultural calendar and means you’ll never be short on entertainment. The Grand Prix de Monaco is Formula One’s most hotly-anticipated event and the Principality’s most famous event held on the streets of Monte Carlo every May. Aside from Formula one and yachting opportunities, there are some fantastic walks and places to do sport, such as the iconic Monte-Carlo Country Club which hosts the Rolex Masters Tennis Championships every spring.
Monaco’s favourite chef, Alain Ducasse runs the sumptuous Le Louis XV at Hotel de Paris. It was the first hotel restaurant to be awarded three Michelin Stars, which it has never since lost. It’s also an interior designer in Monaco’s dream with its high ceilings and chandeliers which seem to channel Versailles during its heydey. Everything from the decor and summer terrace to the rare vintage wine menu and Mediterranean haute cuisine is perfection. After a gourmet meal, you can head to one of the many lounge bars or nightclubs in the vicinity, such as Crystal Terrace, Buddha Bar or Jimmy’z Place du Casino.
Why do you want to live in Monaco? Which famous residents live there?
Monaco warmly welcomes an international crowd; from businessmen to families, everyone is catered for. There are some good schools in the area, such as the International School of Monaco (ISM) which is ideally-situated on the port of Monaco. Since the Principality is so small, you’re bound to bump into some famous residents. Interior designers in Monaco love the abundant opportunities to explore different influences and show off their creative flair to celebrity clientele. Famous faces have been flocking to the city-state for years and a number of Formula One drivers, business moguls and musicians call it home for at least part of the year. Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Ringo Starr, Roger Moore, Bono and Shirley Bassey are all residents. Of course, the famous Grimaldi royal family reside there and have undoubtedly utilised leading interior designers in Monaco on many occasions.
Contact our team of interior designers in Monaco to discuss your project.