No­te of charm

THE AUTHENTIC PARISIAN SPI­RIT COMES ALIVE WI­TH TA­STE AND ORIGINALITY IN THIS APARTMENT NEAR THE CHAMPS-ELY­SÉES.

AD (Italy) - - English Texts - words SER­GE GLEIZES – pho­tos XAVIER BÉJOT

Pa­ris is a sta­te of mind, a way of being, an inex­pli­ca­ble at­mo­sphe­re. A mood Da­vid Jimenez has gra­sped com­ple­te­ly in this flat of 80 squa­re me­ters not far from the Champs-Ely­sées. Eve­ry ob­ject, eve­ry pie­ce of fur­ni­tu­re tells a sto­ry of sty­le. An Em­pi­re se­cré­tai­re di­splays a ter­ra­cot­ta sta­tue along­si­de ra­re art books, whi­le the walls pre­sent black and white pho­to­gra­phs. The de­cor mi­xes 19th-century and con­tem­po­ra­ry pre­sen­ces, items pur­cha­sed at Coup D’Etat in San Fran­ci­sco, Black­man Cruz in Los An­ge­les, Yve­li­ne An­ti­ques in Pa­ris. The key con­cep­ts are per­so­na­li­ty, af­fi­ni­ty, con­tra­st, to ge­ne­ra­te novel as­so­cia­tions. The pan­ther-pat­tern car­pe­ting in the dres­sing room is a tri­bu­te to Ma­de­lei­ne Ca­staing, a sour­ce of in­spi­ra­tion for the ow­ner, along wi­th Ale­xis von Ro­sen­berg, To­ny Du­quet­te, Bil­ly Bald­win. «I mo­ved to Pa­ris for work, but al­so for sen­ti­men­tal rea­sons», says Jimenez, mar­ke­ting di­rec­tor of Drae­ger Pa­ris. «I was fa­sci­na­ted by the light in the apartment, the hi­gh cei­lings, the pro­por­tions». The restyling con­ser­ves the ori­gi­nal phy­sio­gno­my, wi­thout re­mo­ving or ad­ding sub­di­vi­sions. The oak floo­ring has been re­sto­red, the walls pain­ted in white or de­li­ca­te pa­stel to­nes. The ma­ster be­droom, on­ce to­tal­ly li­ned wi­th fa­bric, has been com­ple­te­ly re­vi­sed wi­th an al­co­ve and fa­shio­na­ble gray walls. The charm of the­se in­te­riors lies in a sort of li­te­ra­ry ele­gan­ce that re­flec­ts the ow­ner’s per­so­na­li­ty. «I do not con­si­der my­self a de­co­ra­tor, gi­ven the fact that I do the­se things only for my­self, and for my friends», says Jimenez. The ro­man­tic spi­rit of the spaces is ba­sed on re­fi­ned con­ta­mi­na­tions that re­fe­ren­ce the sty­le of by­go­ne eras whi­le avoi­ding the pit­falls of no­stal­gia.

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