Joseph Dirand: a name that humbly demands respect throughout the design and architecture communities. A name that conjures up images of herringbone floorboards, ornate wall moldings and the kind of grand Parisian apartments or terraces that we dream of one day living in. Infusing a traditional French design ethos with clean modern lines and minimalism, Dirand is the modern day hero of classic french design.
This pied-à-terre, renovated in 2013, does not fall short of expectations. Located in Paris’s upscale Saint Germain neighbourhood, on the first floor of an hôtel particulier (which is an uber sophisticated name for a townhouse) boasts 350 square meters and an additional 250 square meter terrace.
With wall and ceiling panelling and a fireplace reminiscent of the quite decorative Belle Epoque or Neoclassical eras, the space remains entrenched in French character, but not without injections of modern simplicity. White washed walls, a simple palette of black, white and gray and additions of gold and brass lend well to the balance of classic and modern. In an interview with Architecual Digest France, Dirand explains his design brief: ”I didn’t want to produce any style effects, but rather I wanted to give back what the space had lost since its heyday.”
Here, as always, Dirand’s focus is on light with traditional floor-to-ceiling French doors allowing light to flood the home while ensuring the unencumbered space feels airy and fluid. In the living room a brass coffee table, designed by Joseph Dirand himself, Bells suspension lighting by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and a plush grey Neo Wall sofa by Piero Lissoni all represent the minimalist motif Dirand is known for.
Dirand seamlessly blends both worlds of modern simplicity and old-world French classicism with a warm and stunning conclusion.
An Oscar Niemeyer chair cozily tucked away in the bathroom serves as the perfect spot for an at-home facial – or a place to hide from the kids. The light fixture is by Luigi Caccia Dominioni
PHOTOGRAPHY: Adrien Dirand for AD France