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writ­ten by De­bra Usher de­sign by Ger­ard Faivre

The Con­cept

To cre­ate an orig­i­nal work of art, Gérard Faivre im­bues him­self with the soul of each prop­erty. For him, each site is both a blank can­vas and a source of in­spi­ra­tion. Fo­cus­ing on the at­mos­phere of the place, the artist de­ter­mines the per­fect lay­out, which he then com­ple­ments with art­work, be­spoke cre­ations and vin­tage de­tails.

Noth­ing is left to chance in Gérard Faivre’s se­lec­tion of pres­ti­gious neigh­bour­hoods, de­signer so­fas and paint­ings by the masters. Qual­ity is a must, and even the small­est de­tails are painstak­ingly cho­sen. While fur­ni­ture is a pas­sion, ren­o­va­tion is his true forté. Trans­form­ing an old, of­ten run-down apart­ment into a pres­tige home is one of Gérard’s main tal­ents. As with home dé­cor, he chooses elec­tronic and home au­to­ma­tion equip­ment with the great­est of care.

For him, aes­thet­ics are as im­por­tant as practicality; an apart­ment is, and should re­main first and fore­most, a place to live. It of­ten takes more than two years just search­ing for a prop­erty, and then a sep­a­rate time frame for ac­quir­ing, ren­o­vat­ing and dec­o­rat­ing it be­fore the own­ers can take full ad­van­tage of their new home. Gérard aims to re­duce this phase to no more than two months, which is why his cre­ations are all sold move-in ready. The idea is a bold one: com­bin­ing max­i­mum plea­sure with min­i­mum ef­fort. Gérard Faivre Paris of­fers clients the pos­si­bil­ity of mov­ing into an ex­tra­or­di­nary home, with­out all the usual bur­dens – go­ing so far as to of­fer a concierge ser­vice wor­thy of the best lux­ury ho­tels in Paris.

An Apart­ment in Paris

Lo­cated in a Hauss­man­nian build­ing con­structed in 1860, one of the apart­ments oc­cu­pies the en­tire fourth floor and en­joys a view of the Amer­i­can Cathe­dral and the lux­ury res­i­dence of the great cou­turier Léonard. Gérard Faivre de­clares that, to him, Paris is an in­ex­haustible source of in­spi­ra­tion. With its rich his­tory, cul­ture and art de vivre, the most beau­ti­ful cap­i­tal in the world gives him the op­por­tu­nity to present his unique con­cept of "lux­u­ri­ous, ready-to-live-in apart­ments" avail­able for pur­chase with a built-in concierge ser­vice. Revered in the world of high-end real es­tate, Gérard Faivre is pas­sion­ate about all el­e­ments of de­sign, and "the ex­cep­tional". He stands for mod­ern val­ues, and aims to cre­ate projects that are truth­ful to the times in which we live by com­bin­ing the his­tory of the mag­nif­i­cent build­ings that house his projects with the stylis­tic val­ues of con­tem­po­rary de­sign. His unique in­te­ri­ors bring har­mony from the past to the present. Th­ese apart­ments of­fer an in­ter­na­tional clien­tele the abil­ity to ful­fill their dream of ac­quir­ing a sea­sonal prop­erty in Paris. The Pierre I de Ser­bie apart­ment is lo­cated in Paris’s Golden Tri­an­gle, the most ex­clu­sive area of the city. This zone en­joys in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion be­cause of its beau­ti­ful av­enues, such as Av­enue Ge­orge V, Av­enue Mon­taigne, Av­enue Pierre 1er de Ser­bie

and Av­enue des champs Elysée, and for the stun­ning man­sions, palaces and haute cou­ture and lux­ury bou­tiques that beau­tify them. The Av­enue Pierre I de Ser­bie has al­ways at­tracted a pres­ti­gious clien­tele. This av­enue evokes a rich past, as it was named in hon­our of King Pierre I Ser­bie for the help he pro­vided to France dur­ing the Ger­man in­va­sion. For decades, dis­tin­guished in­di­vid­u­als have been drawn to its ideal lo­ca­tion and un­matched beauty.

All in the De­tails

Here, Gérard Faivre has com­bined the au­then­tic with the con­tem­po­rary. To his in­ter­na­tional clients, who are used to stay­ing in ho­tels, he pro­vides the lux­ury they seek when they come to Paris, as well as the French spirit and good taste so of­ten de­sired. To pre­serve the orig­i­nal essence of this apart­ment, Gérard asked artists to re­store all of its mold­ings us­ing gold and sil­ver foil, thereby rein­vig­o­rat­ing the space. He also re­quested they re­store the old "point de Hon­grie" wood par­quet floor­ing, and the au­then­tic mar­ble fire­places. The con­tem­po­rary feel of this prop­erty comes from Gérard Faivre’s con­stant quest for per­fec­tion; ex­pressed here through his part­ner­ing with renowned in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers and de­sign brands. For the dis­tri­bu­tion of the space, he re­spects the prin­ci­ple of hav­ing a beau­ti­ful en­trance with three ad­join­ing rooms – typ­i­cal of Ital­ian man­sions

dur­ing the 18th cen­tury. Con­scious of the bal­ance that must ex­ist be­tween the liv­ing ar­eas and those that in­spire tran­quil­ity, Gérard re­designs the pri­vate spa­ces. Each of the four bed­rooms in this apart­ment has a dif­fer­ent style and its own pri­vate bath­room and dress­ing room. The mas­ter bed­room fea­tures a liv­ing room, fire­place and li­brary – the per­fect set­ting to un­wind – and a sep­a­rate area de­voted to re­lax­ation that in­cludes a steam bath, es­sen­tial for Paris’s fran­tic life­style. Gérard suc­ceeds in bring­ing ev­ery ob­ject and piece of fur­ni­ture to life. By us­ing Ital­ian hand­made rugs through­out the apart­ment, the rooms ob­tain a ma­jes­tic aura. Har­mo­nized with con­tem­po­rary de­signer fur­nish­ings, a per­fect bal­ance is achieved where each piece en­hances the beauty of an­other. Each ta­ble, sculp­ture, light fix­ture and wall is unique; ex­hib­ited as en­vi­sioned when the pro­ject was con­ceived. New tech­nolo­gies, air-con­di­tion­ing units and a state-of-the-art sound sys­tem are in­cor­po­rated through­out the apart­ment for the ul­ti­mate in con­ve­nience, com­fort and joie de vivre. Truth­ful to his con­cept "A Unique Apart­ment Ready to Live In", Gérard Faivre has col­lab­o­rated with the best lux­ury brands, and de­signed this Parisian apart­ment as an ex­quis­ite ex­pres­sion of his world-renowned cre­ativ­ity and tal­ent. "As a fa­mous artist paints, Gérard Faivre creates his own mas­ter­pieces." For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.ger­ard­faivreparis.com.

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