written by Debra Usher design by Gerard Faivre
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.