01 January 2019
Jean-Paul Cassia, Olivier Lapidus and one of Hollywood’s most exciting actresses Sarah Rafferty are delighted to announce their collaboration to design and develop bespoke real estate destinatins around the world. The Sarah Rafferty xCassia global design signature explores architecture, interiors and furniture design inspired by four key themes remeniscent of Sarah’s extraordinary lifestyle.
Founded in 1958, and now led by award-winning architect Jean-Paul Cassia, xCassia welcomes to its stellar team one of Hollywood’s most loved stars and accomplished actresses. Featuring in dozens of top TV series and films, her most known role as Donna Paulsen in SUITS has made her a global star and female symbol of strength, wit and spirit around the world.
Speaking about her new role as an Artistic Director, Sarah comments:
“I have always dreamed of designing spaces that reflect my life and travels, inspirations and discoveries along the way. Being able to now express this in a design language is truly exciting. Together with my great friends Jean-Paul Cassia, Olivier Lapidus and the teams around them, I wish to create destination projects and hidewaways in spectacular settings where guests and residents can unwind and detach themselves from everyday life in an environment that inspires a great way of living. It’s about great design and the stories they evoke.”
Jean-Paul Cassia & Olivier Lapidus comment:
“Apart from Sarah’s extraordinary work as a performing artist, her persona on and off screen exudes a great North Amercian energy and charm that we discovered while creating the design language for her and around the interviews we conducted in Paris. “She is a lovely human being with luminosity and heart”, recalls Olivier Lapidus when first introduced to Sarah by the LANVIN team for fittings of dresses he designed for her attendance at the Royal wedding of her ex-SUITS co-star Meghan Markle. “We found a richness in her references to nature, minimalism and culture from Sarah’s lifestyle”, comments Jean-Paul. "In our work together, we will create destinations with a heartbeat surrounding great food, culture, dreams, music...infused with a Hollywood glamour and vibe that Sarah embodies so well. We are delighted to be working with Sarah and her incredible team in this exciting new chapter in our respective work. Great designs and stories create timeless stages sets for the memorable adventures of life and in that sense, our vision of design could not be more aligned.”
I have always dreamed of designing spaces that reflect my life and travels, inspirations and discoveries along the way. - Sarah Rafferty