A Paris Viewpoint
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.
above left, Haussmannian building on Avenue du President Wilson
Sculpture on bathtub, Sweet Home bronze sculpture by Chen Ting Hung for Gallery Chuan (Taiwan)
above the table, Yellow by Diane de Cicco, acrylic on canvas, 2014
right, Untitled painting by Frédéric Choisel, oil on canvas, 2009 right, Elevation Duo, sculpture in plaster, by Delphine Brabant
above right, Designer Gérard Faivre