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This week esensualliving.com, for the launch of its In Bed With series, indulges in some pillow talk with globetrotting husband-and-wife designer duo Haans Nicholas Mott and Anastasia Khodkina. The location: a master bedroom in the Terrasse Eiffel suite of the Hotel Marignan in Paris, a chic, minimalist space giving onto a vast terrace overlooking the Eiffel Tower. Pierre Yovanovitch was the mastermind behind the interior design of the hotel, which opened in 2012. Tucked up in their white sheets, Haans, Anastasia and their baby son Alexey are the picture of the perfect family.

Haans, who trained as an architect, is known for his private label artisanal-luxe clothing line that bears no name but has carved out a niche as a well-kept sartorial secret among major players in the art and entertainment world — or as Haans puts it: “a strange mix of people from a strange mix of professions”. Each piece is built entirely by hand using a signature method of construction borrowed from architecture and based on innovative seam systems designed to allow for flexibility through time. From hand-stitched t-shirts in saturated hues to suits engineered to break in through wear and mould to the body, his creations take on the personality of the wearer, cut from bespoke patterns. Haans, who approaches design as an exercise in problem solving, describes the painstaking, meditative process behind his creations as “in some ways more rigorous than couture”. 

September will see the official launch of Anecho, a new ready-to-wear line co-designed with Anastasia, who is also a model and photographer. The collection — the definition of refined comfort and simplicity, spanning chunky knits and basics in exquisite saturated hues — will be presented at the private Soho gallery of art advisors Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner in New York, where Haans and Anastasia are based. In addition to clothing, the launch will include an exhibition of Anecho portraits shot by Anastasia with an accompanying catalogue published by Thea and Ethan.

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The reception at the Hôtel Marignan Eiffel
Christophe Bielsa
 

ESENSUAL LIVING: What does the bedroom symbolize for you?

HAANS NICHOLAS MOTT: In a weird way it’s like being on a plane where, once you’re on, you can’t do anything. I have this fear about Wi-Fi becoming available on planes, because all of a sudden you’re accessible. On the plane I can watch bad movies, I can sleep, I can do whatever I want, and the bedroom is kind of a place where I can’t really do work and so probably functions in the same way. When I go into the bedroom, it’s done. The bedroom is a place that, even unconsciously, has become a refuge from work and I think it’s important to separate, especially now that we’re working together on Anecho.

ANASTASIA KHODKINA: Agreed, I think it’s a bad habit, bringing work into the bedroom.

EL: Do either of you have any bad habits, like leaving crumbs in the bed or hogging the duvet?

AK: Haans always keeps his socks on in bed, which makes me crazy.

EL: Does the decor of your bedroom at home reflect the aesthetic of your clothing line in terms of colours and textiles?

HNM: Yes our palette is absolutely reflected in the way we dress the bed.

AK: The sheets are definitely reflective of the way we see colour — saturated colours like night blue, burnt orange…and vibrant throws.

HNM: The room is spartan, but the bed is dressed in a rich way.

EL: What about materials?

AK: Something that feels good on the skin; it has to be a really good cotton.

HNM: Really high quality cotton — and cashmere blankets are great.

 

EL: What is the most incredible bedroom that comes to mind from your travels?

HNM: At the Chateau Marmont, where we like to stay when we’re in Los Angeles, there’s this one suite. When I’m with Anastasia I sleep in the bed, but when I’m on my own I sleep on the couch in the living room because the light is so wonderful. It’s spectacular because the entire suite has a balcony that runs down it and the living room is on a corner with a wall of windows facing into Hollywood. Not that the bedroom is bad, it’s wonderful, but there’s something about that light.

EL: What books are currently lying on your bedside table?

AK: A meditation book.

HNM: Negative Horizon by Paul Virilio, he’s an architectural theoretician and philosopher. It’s super exciting.

EL: What do you wear to bed?

AK: I like to sleep naked or in a simple t-shirt.

HNM: I wear socks; that’s the only thing that matters.

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facade Hôtel Marignan Eiffel
Christophe Bielsa
 

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