Cassia, Mugler Form Partnership
Duo to create hotels, resorts and residences
Architect editor/developer Jean-Paul Cassia has teamed with French fashion/stage designer Manfred Thierry Mugler to create a new real estate design partnership. Cassia, who founded his namesake multidisciplinary design consultancy in 1958, is joining forces with Mugler—who is also a director, photographer, perfume creator and costume designer—to craft boutique, mixed-use and residential projects under the MUGLER HOTELS, RESORTS & RESIDENCES moniker.
Each project will provide access to music, entertainment and socio-cultural venues that inspired by Mugler’s experience in the show business industry, the duo says.
“When one has found a method of self-expression, one evolves with it,” says Mugler, who’s serving as the partnership’s conceptor and creative director. “I used fashion to express myself as much as I could. But at some point, it was not enough. Designing hotels, residential and entertainment projects is a natural extension of my interests. I am delighted to be working with Jean-Paul and am impressed with his work and his approach to design. We intend to create projects that express unique stories, add value to developers and above all, inspire and elevate the human spirit.”
“I am delighted to be working with Manfred,” says Cassia, whose eponymous firm has offices in Sao Paulo, New York, London, Paris and Dubai. “His stellar experience and visionary approach to design fully complements what I have searched for in my work: that ability to tell a great story which resonates with our times and that creates projects of real distinction, meaningful experiences and value. Working with exceptional designers from around the world who share that ‘total work of art’ approach enhances and infuses the architecture and projects we create with a spark that only branded design work can create. Being able to convert Manfred’s inimitable approach to design into sustainable and timeless contemporary works of architecture and interior design will be an absolute pleasure.”
Specific projects planned for the new MUGLER brand were not disclosed.