Jacques Garcia, born in 1947 in France, is a visionary interior designer which mix innovation with a deep classic style. Jacques Garcia studied at Atelier Me de Peninghen School of interior design in Paris in field of applied arts. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources, including Zen minimalism, neo-Gothic excess, Egyptian revival, and Napoléon III extravagance, Jacques Garcia began his career by specializing in contemporary architecture, notably designing the interior concepts for the Montparnasse Tower and the Meridien group of hotels. He also began his lifelong study and acquisition of seventeenth century pieces, which resulted in a magnificent, personal collection of furniture and royal objects.
This passion as a collector gave rise to the desire to exhibit his finds and Jacques Garcia gradually secured a private clientele who solicited his expertise to breathe new life into their stately residences. Of world renown is Jacques Garcia’s ten-year renovation of Champ de Bataille, a 17th century French chateau and gardens he acquired in 1992. Situated in Normandy, the Champ de Bataille displays the full range of Jacques Garcia’s talent, its drawing rooms, galleries, game rooms, and libraries a blending of genres that speak to his rare talent. Inspired by the designs of André Lenôtre, the gardens of Champ de Bataille are one of the largest, 20th century private landscape gardening projects, receiving more than 30,000 visitors every year.
Jacques Garcia’s projects also include his exhibits in France’s national museums. He designed the Marie Antoinette exhibition at the Musée Carnavalet, and was involved in a large exhibition organized by the city of Paris, “All the Gardens of the World,” at the Bagatelle Garden. M. Garcia is also responsible for the resuscitation of the Musée de la Vie Romantique, which house the works and memories of writer, George Sand.
With more than 40 large-scale projects completed each year, Jacques Garcia is one of the most sought-after French interior decorators. Specializing in mythical places such asthe famed Hôtel Costes, le Fouquet’s, Ladurée, L’Esplanade, L’Avenue, La Belle Armée, Le Ruc, Le Cabaret, Hôtel des Beaux-Art or the Le Rivoli-Notre Dame, Jacques Garcia has also secured a prestigious and international private clientele, not listed herein due to confidential reasons. M. Garcia is also responsible for the elegant restoration of one of Paris’ most stunning buildings, the Hôtel de Mansart on the rue des Tournelles, originally designed by one of the principal architects of Versailles. Jacques Garcia has been the recipient of many French cultural distinctions, such as “le Prix Mont-Blanc,” and “le Prix Oscar Wilde” in 2002. The same year, l’Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques awarded him the prestigious “Prix Henri Texier” honoring his work in the renovation of Champ de Bataille. Other achievements include receiving the medal of the City of Paris in 1994, named “Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur” in 1997 and “Commandant des Arts et des Lettres” in 2002.
Jacques Garcia’s interior design has been the subject of four literary works, including Jacques Garcia ou l’éloge du décor (Jacques Garcia In Praise of the Interior), which sold more than 34,000 copies in its first six months, and is currently in its fourth reprint. Jacques Garcia Decorating in the French Style was published in 2000 to wide critical acclaim, and features the Champ de Bataille. His interior design has also been published in myriad publications such as Architectural Digest, House & Garden, Maison Francaise, Gap, L’Expressmag, la Revue, Elle Decoration, Résidences Décoration, and Connaissance des Arts, to name a few.