ART AND SOUL

A re­designed triplex in Paris proves that high art and fam­ily liv­ing make for the per­fect mix

Condé Nast House & Garden - - DESIGN NOTES - TEXT PIET SM­EDY PRO­DUC­TION LAU­RENCE DOUGIER PHO­TO­GRAPHS NI­CO­LAS MATHÉUS

some­times, the eas­i­est way to cre­ate a serene in­te­rior is through the mea­sured use of muted tones, an am­i­ca­ble in­ter­play be­tween shades of slate grey, steel and onyx. and in this con­tem­po­rary Parisian home, th­ese tones not only suc­cess­fully calm the mood but con­spire to cre­ate a gallery-es­que ef­fect.

Lo­cated in Paris’s 16th ar­rondisse­ment (where the home­owner hap­pily calls the Fon­da­tion Louis Vuit­ton and the Palais de Tokyo neigh­bours) the set­ting couldn’t be more pic­turesque – and ap­pro­pri­ate. even at a glance, the need for show­stop­per art is in­stantly grat­i­fied, from the im­mense pho­to­graph by Malian leg­end sey­dou

Keïta to an­other highly unique por­trait by Jean-bap­tiste huynh and even a draw­ing by gérard Fro­manger. It’s clear from the on­set that both this col­lec­tion – and home – is one that re­veals much of the home­owner’s sen­si­bil­i­ties through its com­po­si­tion.

But don’t let the high-brow hangs fool you, though, for de­spite its out­wardly pre­cious ap­pear­ance this is a fam­ily home, and a very lively one when you con­sider that the home­owner has two chil­dren, aged six and eight, and of­ten en­ter­tains guests and friends from around the world.

‘The home­owner grew up in the art world, trav­el­ling the globe, from Brazil and the united states, art Basel to the Venice Biennale, on the look­out for trends,’ says Fanny Prat who, along with

fel­low in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor alexan­dra de Brem, had an in­stant con­nec­tion with the home­owner while head­ing up the re­dec­o­ra­tion of the triplex apart­ment. ‘We have com­pletely re­designed this place to high­light dif­fer­ent as­pects of the home­owner’s per­son­al­ity.’

To one side of the first floor you’ll find a spa­cious en­trance, liv­ing room and kitchen-din­ing area and guest room and, to the other, the liv­ing quar­ters of the two young boys. The second level houses the ul­tra luxe master bed­room, with its large dress­ing room, while the third con­tains a perched bath­room and a med­i­ta­tion room. Fanny and alexan­dra left nothing to chance, match­ing the pal­ette of muted colours to the Car­rara mar­ble, lava stone, wal­nut and brass. The bed­rooms and bath­rooms are a mo­ment for play, such as the Popham de­sign ce­ment tiles. In the large bed­room, the wall-hang­ing Pierre Frey fab­ric warms the duck-egg blue space.

at­ten­tion to de­tail, then, is still as much a ne­ces­sity in the cre­ative process as eclec­ti­cism and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion to the two young in­te­rior ar­chi­tects. When asked what in­spired their charm­ing and at times cu­ri­ous choices Fanny sim­ply quotes Voltaire: ‘Beauty pleases the eyes only; sweet­ness of dis­po­si­tion charms the soul’.

‘we have com­pletely re­designed this place to high­light dif­fer­ent as­pects of the home­owner’s per­son­al­ity’

BY KEEP­ING THE COLOUR PAL­ETTE RE­STRAINED, ART­WORK AND BOLD FUR­NI­TURE PIECES HAVE ROOM TO POP

fanny prat and alexan­dra de brem used a pal­ette of slate grey, steel and onyx to cre­ate the in­te­ri­ors of this parisian apart­ment. the din­ing room ta­ble was also de­signed by them, with ‘bee­tle’ chairs by gubi cov­ered in kvadrat fab­ric. the ‘treku’ con­sole is by sen­tou, with lights by jean prouvé

clock­wise, from above In the spa­cious lounge, the fire­place de­signed by fanny and alexan­dra sets the tone. above It hangs two pieces by gil­bert garcin; a state­ment wall In the of­fice Is cov­ered In ‘grace’ wall­pa­per by sand­berg wall­pa­per; the guest bed­room in hues of green and blue

QASHQAI KELIM,

R12 900, GONSENHAUSERS FINE RUGS MAX­I­MUM MARMI PORCE­LAIN SLAB IN PRE­MIUM WHITE, POR, STU­DIO MAS­SON ‘DALI’ GOLD METAL AND WHITE MAR­BLE-TOP COF­FEE TA­BLE, R2 750, SHF MINOTTI ‘PRINCE’ ARM­CHAIR, R64 200, AND FOOT STOOL, R38 150, LIMELINE

DULUX PAINT IN CLOUD MO­TIF, R194 PER LITRE, JACK’S PAINT & HARD­WARE

POPHAM DE­SIGN SQUARE ‘ANDO’ CONCRETE TILES IN MARINE AND MILK, R75 PER TILE, OPIA DE­SIGN

DULUX PAINT IN AT­LANTIC SURF 1,

R194 PER LITRE, JACK’S PAINT & HARD­WARE

DULUX PAINT IN WOOD­LAND PEARL 4, R194 PER LITRE, JACK’S PAINT & HARD­WARE

‘CHEVRON’ SIDE­BOARD, R16 000, SHF

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