A Paris View­point

Arabella - - CLAUDE LANGEVIN - de­signed by Gérard Faivre writ­ten by De­bra Usher

Paris is widely re­garded as the most ex­quis­ite cap­i­tal in the world. The City of Light con­tin­ues to amaze with its ar­chi­tec­ture, cul­tural life, and world-renowned land­marks such as the Eif­fel Tower and the Arc de Tri­om­phe, which place it in a class of its own. Gérard Faivre’s cre­ation is sit­u­ated right at the heart of this world, in an ex­cep­tion­ally stylish, res­i­den­tial dis­trict on the right bank of the Seine. Av­enue du Pres­i­dent Wil­son’s cen­tral lo­ca­tion is just a few steps away from the Golden Tri­an­gle, the Champs Elysées, a myr­iad of lux­ury bou­tiques and an im­pres­sive se­lec­tion of mu­se­ums (Musée Guimet, Palais de Tokyo, Palais de Chail­lot) and, of course, the Place du Tro­cadero and the Eif­fel Tower. The el­e­gant clien­tele of this neigh­bour­hood stroll down Av­enue Mon­taigne and de­light in the re­fined cui­sine of­fered

by the starred chefs of restau­rants such as those found in the nearby Shangri-la Ho­tel.

A Main At­trac­tion

Gérard Faivre is the cre­ator of the Art Homes con­cept and he is rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing the lux­ury Parisian prop­erty mar­ket. He pro­poses high-end, ready-to-live in, never-be­fore-oc­cu­pied apart­ments for sale, de­signed and dec­o­rated as live­able works of art, com­plete with full concierge ser­vice upon pur­chase. Gérard’s sig­na­ture and chal­lenge is that he never cre­ates the same in­te­rior twice. He be­lieves each client is unique and their home should be too. He im­bues every project with a blend of tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary el­e­ments with the aim to sur­prise the client. His artis­tic soul and pas­sion for his work means he al­ways meets this chal­lenge head on. As in­spi­ra­tion fu­els him and

imag­i­na­tion em­pow­ers him, the end re­sult is one of per­fect har­mony, creat­ing an at­mos­phere that ap­peals to both women and men. The un­de­ni­able main at­trac­tion of this apart­ment is its stun­ning panoramic view of the Eif­fel Tower. This pow­er­ful Parisian sym­bol in­evitably in­spired Gérard Faivre’s pas­sion to work metic­u­lously on every de­tail, plac­ing the Iron Lady cen­tre stage, in­fus­ing the en­tire abode with its beauty, both through­out the day and at night when it shim­mers, sparkles, and il­lu­mi­nates the sky around it, en­chant­ing all its ad­mir­ers. Gérard Faivre cel­e­brates it, ap­pre­ci­at­ing its essence, spirit, chro­matic­ity, ar­chi­tec­ture, and stature, yet he is aware that it has to be in­te­grated seam­lessly into this at­mos­phere of lux­ury and com­fort. And he suc­ceeded, by sub­tly in­cor­po­rat­ing each char­ac­ter­is­tic.

Set­ting the Stage

Hauss­man­nian build­ing on Av­enue du Pres­i­dent Wil­son. The en­trance has been imag­ined as a theatre stage, with the cur­tain closed be­fore the show. It al­ludes to the sub­ject, the theme of the dwelling, but the mys­tery of what lies like a schematic il­lus­tra­tion of the Eif­fel Tower and the blue or yel­low light, de­pend­ing on mood and de­sire, glit­ter­ing from the ver­ti­cal wall pan­elling and rip­pling like a cur­tain, is a nod to the twin­kling Tower at night. The door opens onto the liv­ing ar­eas and the in­ci­den­tally, seems to have in­vited it­self in. Gérard Faivre wished to cen­tre-stage the Tower, to in­fuse the apart­ment with its day­time and night-time beauty. By sym­phoniz­ing its fea­tures, he gives his in­te­rior de­sign pur­pose and sub­stance, sprin­kled with con­vivi­al­ity and el­e­gance. The orig­i­nal wooden par­quet evokes soft­ness, smooth­ness, the ledge that bor­ders the wal­nut-wood win­dows blends per­fectly with the el­e­ments of the large book­shelves, the part­ner­ship with ab­stract artists adds a touch of colour whereas the pho­tos of the Eif­fel Tower, seen from an­other per­spec­tive, en­hance the exquisite­ness of the in­te­rior de­sign and the sculp­tures stand out by their height.

The As­sim­i­la­tion of the Vista

Be­cause of the lo­ca­tion of this beau­ti­ful apart­ment all the main rooms needed to as­sim­i­late this su­perb vista in­trin­si­cally, so Gérard Faivre re­ori­ented the lay­out and, all the liv­ing spa­ces, the kitchen and mas­ter bed­room all con­verge di­rectly on it. The view of the Eif­fel Tower is part of the de­sign and from each win­dow that sculp­tural steel and light sym­bol shines at all times. He then re­moved all the dec­o­ra­tive mould­ings from this Hauss­man­nian apart­ment and high­lighted the pure, ul­tra­mod­ern, stream­lined style; in­still­ing a feel­ing of light­ness that ac­cen­tu­ates the back­drop con­veyed by the view. Ar­chi­tec­ture reigns supreme through­out the de­sign of the fur­ni­ture; the art, the sculp­ture, the light­ing, the floor cov­er­ings. The spec­trum of greys cho­sen for the walls,

the win­dow cov­er­ings and the ac­ces­sories are all meant to en­hance your ex­pe­ri­ence. The daz­zling beauty and the colour of the Eif­fel Tower at sunset is never far from the de­signer’s mind, its in­can­des­cence (yel­low, gold), its de­sign of the apart­ment so you feel as if you could just reach out and touch the Eif­fel Tower. The fur­ni­ture and a lot of the art­work are clad in metal with pat­terns very sim­i­lar to the grid­work on the tower it­self. Har­mony ex­ists be­tween the out­side and in­side of this lux­ury apart­ment. This home is a work of art in it­self never com­pet­ing and al­ways com­pli­ment­ing the view out­side. For more in­for­ma­tion on this and his other unique prop­er­ties please visit www.ger­ard­faivreparis.com.

right, Un­ti­tled paint­ing by Frédéric Choisel, oil on can­vas, 2009 right, El­e­va­tion Duo, sculp­ture in plas­ter, by Del­phine Bra­bant

above the table, Yel­low by Diane de Cicco, acrylic on can­vas, 2014

Sculp­ture on bath­tub, Sweet Home bronze sculp­ture by Chen Ting Hung for Gallery Chuan (Tai­wan)

above left, Hauss­man­nian build­ing on Av­enue du Pres­i­dent Wil­son

above right, De­signer Gérard Faivre

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