Between memories from the eighteenth century and rock ‘ n‘ roll, Pierre Hardy talks about his home in Marais. A contemporary stage with a Gainsbourg fixation It is a theatrical home, the perfect stage for a pièce by Marivaux or a French New Wave film. That is exactly how Pierre Hardy wanted it: “For years I lived in a house that wasn’t really a house – one single large space, ceilings 7 metres high, very spectacular – but when I picked this, I wanted a protective one, with a natural, comfortable and fluid structure”. The district where he chose to live is the 3rd arrondissement, in a building, old and noble like his refined ways, to be transformed into a contemporary scene, like his style. “I love the volumes of this apartment and their organisation. It is a very classic house from the 18th century, but I redistributed the spaces, moving the kitchen and the bathroom, leaving some old features, like the windows”. The designer opted for minimum intervention, in keeping with the setting, and created a room, more intimate and modern, around the kitchen and the dining room. Between classic and modern, the balance lies in the story, the highly personal narrative that certain houses contain. “What is home to me? It is in no way luxurious, but highly intimate. Like a portrait, a self- portrait actually”. Little decoration, and above all no colour. “That makes life simple; there is nothing in the design t hat is not black or white. I really like this kind of minimalism”.