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Home Tour | Paris Apartment by Bernard Dubois Architects

  • A minimalist Parisian apartment forms a stunning backdrop to a carefully curated collection of art and furniture.

    Located on Rue Galilée south of Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris’s 16th arrondissement, the founder and CEO of a global fashion brand and his family have made their home in a five-bedroom, 500 square metre space that has views towards the Left Bank and of the Eiffel Tower that are as impressive as the home’s interiors.

    A Venere Franchetti (1963) artwork by Cy Twombly is hung above a collection of 19th-century and 20th-century wooden sculptures and masks in the living room, in dialogue with the vintage Pierre Jeanneret low chairs. Views of the Eiffel Tower are accessed through the steel framing that lines one side of the space.

    Spread over two floors and housing an extensive and varied collection of contemporary and often playful art pieces, the owner knew it was a rare opportunity when he first saw it, knowing immediately it would also offer more space for both his family and the all-important art. Before entering the world of fashion, he was himself an artist, with a passion for collecting furniture, objects and art.

    Collaborating with Belgian architect Bernard Dubois, the top two floors of what was an entire building have become the family’s home, with an expansive terrace and a phenomenal view of the Eiffel Tower. There’s a distinctly different feel between the everyday living and social spaces and the family’s private sleeping quarters.

    A Je Détruis le Monde (2007) neon sculpture by Claude Lévêque sets the tone in the stainless steel and Ceppo di Gré stone kitchen with Gaggenau appliances.

    All spaces are inherently indicative of the art-collecting client. Pictured: electric red Pierre Jeanneret armchairs and Death in America #2 (2005) by Steven Parrino.

    Bernard utilised the building’s distinctive architectural features, exposing raw wooden beams and restoring the impressive stone staircase. He then added tactility and character through materiality such as Ceppo di Gré stone and rough gnarled oak. These materials feature in the living and dining area with an oversized stone bench anchoring the kitchen set against stainless steel and oak. The home’s furniture is understated yet notable. Large Christian Liagre sofas upholstered in green and blue sit front and centre in the living room while mid-century designers feature in the dining room with Charlotte Perriand shelving and Pierre Jeanneret chairs.

    The family floor, in contrast to the industrial feel of the living spaces, unfolds through a series of suites, linear in nature with reference to the elegance of 17th-century French interiors. Every corner of the home is considered in its layout. Bernard’s all-white utilitarian design with its carefully placed walls allow for the owners’ art to be curated in a gallery-like setting for works by renowned artists including Picasso – a painting of a woman’s head is the first thing you see when entering the apartment, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Christopher Wool and Cy Twombly. There are other remarkable pieces too such as the pillars on the terrace from the Gurma people of Burkina Faso and sculptures from Indonesia that add contrast and warmth to the home’s modern atmosphere.

    This feature originally appeared in est Magazine Issue 45: Sense of Place.

    The primary bedroom features a Christian Liaigre bed, pendant lights by Bernard Dubois and Mould side tables Martin Laforêt. Toile blanche et bande de plastique noire (1963) artwork by Jean-Michel Sanejouand.

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