Thomas Dariel

Thomas Dariel is the Founder and leading designer behind the Shanghai-based interior design agency Dariel Studio.

As great grandson of a French furniture designer, grandson of a jazz musician and son of an architect, he has always drawn his strength and inspiration from his family heritage. French Designer by training and tireless traveler, he came to China in 2006 to launch his own interior design studio at the age of 24.

Dariel has since earned the praise of the interior design industry. He has received several awards, among them selection for Best International Interior Designer – 2012 Andrew Martin Awards, awarded Top 100 talents in Architecture and Design – 2017, 2015 and 2013 AD Magazine, Top 40 Young Design Talents under 40 – 2013 Perspective 40 Under 40, Top 10 Best Designer in China – Vantage Magazine 2016.  In 2017, Thomas Dariel has been elected The Young Design Talent of the Year by EDIDA China Awards, Design Talent of the Year by Trends and The Person of the Year by Trends Home magazines.

Dariel draws his creativity from the different worlds of design, fashion, gastronomy, visual arts and luxury. His design philosophy is driven by his passion for breaking traditional codes and clichés which creates a new language for each design. By confronting heritage and cutting-edge innovations, combining French design heritage with Eastern cultural influence, Thomas Dariel’s open approach unfolds original perspectives.

Thomas Dariel is recognized for his very personal creative style and his habit to push boundaries, to provoke and surprise. A singular signature that he has extended with success to product design, signing with – among others – Cappellini and Moroso. In 2015 and while pursuing his interior design activity, Dariel decided to revive a childhood’s dream by launching his own brand of furniture, lighting, rugs and accessories, Maison Dada.

Express bio / Achievements

  • 2017: EDIDA- The Young DesignTalent of the Year
    AD 100 CHINA 2017 Award
    Crossover Design Talent of the Year Award by Trends Magazine
    The Person of the Year by Trends Home Magazine
  • 2016: DARIEL STUDIO AND MAISON DADA
    Establishment of French offices in Paris
    MAISON DADA
    Opening of the first showroom in Shanghai
    VANTAGE MEDIA AWARDS
    Best 10 Designer in China
    RESIDENCE MEDIA AWARDS
    Top 100 Best Designer in China
  • 2015: AD 100 CHINA 2015
    Top 100 Talents in Architecture and Design
    MAISON DADA
    Establishment of the Brand and Design of the first Collection
  • 2013: AD 100 CHINA
    Top 100 Talents in Architecture and Design
    PERSPECTIVE’S 40 UNDER 40
    Top Young Design Talents under 40 in Asia
  • 2012: ANDREW MARTIN INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS
    Selected for Best International Design
  • 2010: 10TH MODERN DECORATION INTERNATIONAL AWARD
    Best Designer of the Year
  • 2008: 8TH MODERN DECORATION INTERNATIONAL AWARD
    Best Designer of the Year
  • 2006: DARIEL STUDIO
    Establishment of the Interior Design Studio in Shanghai
  • 2003 Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique
  • 1982: Thomas Dariel birth, education and chilhood in Paris