MY WORLD

A Parisian cre­ative con­sul­tant’s dream abode.

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A de­voted Nike fan, Thom­son-jonville has a stash of more than 3O train­ers, with her Off-white x Nike Air Jor­dan styles on high ro­ta­tion. Mono­grammed pouches and fash­ion blan­kets are also a favourite — one by Her­mès is art­fully folded in the bath­room, and a green Cé­line throw (much loved by her daugh­ter Ge­or­gia, 4, and son Éti­enne, 20 months) is draped over the ban­nis­ter. Very few Parisians can claim to live in an ac­tual house, with its own front door, but Claire Thom­son-jonville, Scot­tish cre­ative con­sul­tant, for­mer ed­i­tor-in-chief of high-glam­our cult mag­a­zine Self Ser­vice and mother of two, is one such lucky res­i­dent. She lives in a charm­ing three-storey mai­son. “A house, in the 8th ar­rondisse­ment!” she says, still with a trace of dis­be­lief.

At week­ends, Thom­son-jonville’s pace slows sig­nif­i­cantly and she seeks out fam­ily time, head­ing to the Jardin des Tui­leries, Parc Mon­ceau and other green spa­ces. While she rarely has time to cook (“I just can’t be both­ered,” she says, with re­fresh­ing frank­ness), she clearly rel­ishes down­time at home when she’s not trav­el­ling for photo shoots or fash­ion weeks. Thom­son-jonville is keep­ing an eye out for a vin­tage mir­ror and cof­fee ta­ble. “My phone to-do list is lit­er­ally ‘buy fur­ni­ture’, but I wanted to live in the space and then start buy­ing things,” she says. “But I have no time!” This year has been full of change: along with the new ad­dress, she left her post at Self Ser­vice af­ter 10 years to break out on her own as a free­lance cre­ative con­sul­tant. E Prints by pho­tog­ra­phers Juer­gen Teller and David Sims hang on the walls, along with iconic im­agery by Corinne Day (in­clud­ing the end­lessly In­sta­grammed black-and-white por­trait of a young Kate Moss). Her book­shelves are chock-full of care­fully cu­rated back-is­sues of mag­a­zines, and the sur­faces are art­fully clut­tered with Byredo can­dles and stacked Her­mès boxes.

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY THOMAS CHÈNÈ

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