HOT PROP­ERTY

A stone’s throw from the Arc de Tri­om­phe, this prop­erty is a prime ex­am­ple of ar­chi­tect Gérard Faivre’s ‘art homes’

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72 Av­enue Marceau, an art home by Gérard Faivre in Paris

Recog­nised as one of the world’s lead­ing con­tem­po­rary in­te­rior de­sign­ers, Gérard Faivre de­scribes his arthome projects as never-lived-in-be­fore res­i­dences that boast unique in­te­ri­ors that dou­ble as pieces of art. The homes are fully decked-out, down to the linen clos­ets, and are de­signed to of­fer in­ter­na­tional buy­ers a has­sle­free ex­pe­ri­ence. It helps that they come with a pri­vate concierge ser­vice and year-round care­taker.

The con­tents of 72 Av­enue Marceau are val­ued at €235,000 (al­most Dh1 mil­lion). The 19th-cen­tury prop­erty takes up the third floor of a tra­di­tional stone Hauss­mann build­ing. It is a three-minute walk from Place de l’Etoile and the Arc de Tri­om­phe, land­mark sites within Paris’s Golden Tri­an­gle, and is on the same street as the Yves Saint Lau­rent mu­seum.

The 2,928-square-foot apart­ment has three bed­rooms and four bath­rooms, and comes with par­quet floor­ing, ceil­ing cor­nic­ing, mar­ble fire­places and wood pan­elling. Faivre has filled the apart­ment with cu­rated paint­ings and sculptures, and added Ara­bian el­e­ments in the form of a mashra­biya win­dow. “The mashra­biya cre­ates an in­ti­mate at­mos­phere through the dis­cre­tion of see­ing with­out be­ing seen,” he says. “The win­dow’s in­tri­cate mesh­work fil­ters light, which dec­o­rates the in­te­ri­ors with po­etic shad­ows, while the Etch sus­pen­sion lights, by Tom Dixon, project en­chant­ing shad­ows on to the ceil­ing.”

The main lounge fea­tures grey and blue in­te­ri­ors and mir­rored walls to best bring out the ef­fect of the Melt sus­pen­sion lights. When switched off, they are mir­ror­like; when switched on, they be­come trans­par­ent. The aim was to bring to mind the vast­ness of the sky.

Ini­tially listed for €7.3 mil­lion, the prop­erty will go up for sale through Concierge Auc­tions on De­cem­ber 17, with a start­ing price of €5.85m, at 7pm UAE time. Panna Mun­yal

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