Equal marriage

Faultless taste of the owners of these classic apartments in Paris helped them create the interior, which perfectly combines the attributes of a life of luxury and high design of the XX century.

Sixteenth District of Paris has a reputation of the most wealthy and conservative residential area. «Setting oblige» — joking hostess, one after another, throwing open the doors for us eight rooms in the apartment of 260 square meters. The apartment is located in a classical «Ottoman» house built in 1905 next to the Trocadero and the romantic staircase Avenue de Camões, which has become the venue of shooting many films, including «Midnight in Paris» by Woody Allen. «We live on the second floor, but because the building is on the hill of Chaillot, and views of the Seine River, the Grand Palais and the Eiffel Tower, it seems that much higher — continues hostess. — Until we have this apartment belonged to a well-known lady. Interiors looked old-fashioned and heavy: classic silk drapes, furniture XVIII century and paintings in massive frames. We wanted to revive a little space, preserving the noble atmosphere of the old house. » The work was done six months, most of the time was spent on the restoration of floors, replacement of wiring and engineering systems. The owners have upgraded trim some rooms completed painting and replacement of furniture. Layout left unchanged, but some areas have received a new assignment. For example, a small living room with extraordinary sofas upholstered in leopard appeared on the site of the former dining room. He was replaced by a dining room, which appeared in the kitchen area. In general, it turned out quite classical composition. Right out of the hall, we find ourselves in a large living room. On the right — a small living room, on the left — a room to see the movie, she’s home office. The kitchen-dining room has access to the corridor, as well as three bedrooms — master and two teenage children. Thanks to the new living room furniture were less formal and pretentious. Some of the rooms have been preserved in its original form. In the bathroom, for example, only changed plumbing. Marble mosaic, gold patina on the walls, antique chandelier and stained glass windows — the time seems to have stopped here. The owners are well versed in the design, so the interiors have done without the help of a decorator. For advice on issues of restoration and the purchase of furniture, they turned to his friend — Philippe Rapin, co-owner of the Parisian gallery 88-Gallery. As a result of these circumstances the apartment fit to study the history of design XX century. Among the furniture is dominated by museum items, works of recognized artists — Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Philippe Starck. There in the house and ordinary, anonymous objects that due to unusual ideas of the owners completely transformed, for example, standing in the bedroom closet of the 1930s. It simply papered issued by Cole & Son design Fornasetti. «We managed to save the historic spirit of the place, but at the same time add to the interior creative component, adding unusual items, — concludes the hostess. — Such as the kinetic mobiles Mark Cavell, original works of Fornasetti, bright ceramic Jacques and Dani Ryuellan and always brings a smile three bear heads — replicas of sculptures by François Pompon. In our house we mix all genres of interior from the beginning of the XX century to the present day. In my opinion, this is born a true Parisian style. «

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