The Israeli design firm Ando Studio mixed French Modern, Op-Art and Industrial pieces for this eclectic-yet-elegant St. Germain sitting room.
In the entrance room of this colorful Parisian home, the console is sheathed in leather and mussel shells, and the chaise lounge is upholstered in a Donghia fabric. The pillows and throws are made from antique Pakistani fabrics, the stool is African, the lithograph is by Jean Cortot, and the porcelain fireplace is late 19th century.
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The grandly proportioned home of Florence Badoux is an ideal showcase for the designer and architect’s collection of contemporary art — and an advertisement for the unlikely combination of lilac, tomato and dove gray hues. Photo by Richard Powers.
Nothing screams Paris quite like the combination of black and white stripes with antique-inspired metallics in this apartment in the City of Lights. The master bath’s nickel-and-brass tub is 19th century, and the chair is by Honoré Paris from Galerie Yves Gastou; the wall stripes are painted.
In his Paris apartment, designer Christopher Noto gives free rein to his love of Asian furniture, artifacts, and handicrafts, without shortchanging classic French style. The circa-1910 dining table is English, the Louis XV–style linen-covered chairs are trimmed with ribbon by Houlès with a Jim Thompson silk on the backs, the marble fireplace is original to the apartment, and the painting dates from the late 17th or early 18th century.
The kitchen in designer Cordelia de Castellane’s French home is accented by wine-red cabinets and airy windows. Plastic reproduction Henry Massonnet Tam Tam stools set the tone in the room.
The apartment features a large main volume that opens onto the terrace. There’s a direct connection between these two spaces and the transition is seamless. The interior design is clean, white and sculptural. There’s a very nice combination of shapes. In the living room, for example, the coffee table has a very nice geometry. The bedroom has beautiful curvaceous lines and the balance created between these different influences is very nice throughout.
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The opulent tiles on the walls and floor of a French editor’s bathroom make it the perfect oasis. The marble mosaic tiles on the walls and floor of the master bath are original to the apartment; the 19th-century Chinese-style light fixture was found at a flea market in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
The living room in a 19th-century Parisian apartment screams glamour with its ornate detailing and gilded accents. The daybed is upholstered in a Lelievre velvet, the 1930s cocktail table was found at the Drouot auction house, and the gilt-wood mirror and marble fireplace are original to the apartment.
Interior decorator Alidad describes his designs for this lavish Parisian drawing room as “the embodiment of beauty, warmth, character and comfort.” Photo by James McDonald, courtesy of Rizzoli.
In addition to being incredibly sought-after by homeowners, these details form the archetypal image of a Parisian apartment. At a time of year when French festivities of all types — Bastille Day! The Tour de France! Haute Couture Fashion Week! — converge, we’ve assembled a gallery of 16 images that highlight the versatility and timeless chic of the classic Paris apartment. Below, see some of the crème-de-la-crème of Parisian interior design.
The guest bedroom in Bryan Adam’s Paris home fits perfectly with the basement’s rustic stone-and-plaster ceiling and walls. The bench was a flea-market find, and the bedding and pillows are by Calvin Klein Home.
In this Quai Anatole apartment, French designer and architect Pierre Yovanovitch showcases his mastery of composition and curation. Image courtesy of Lux Productions.
For a client’s classic Parisian apartment, designer Jean-Louis Deniot balances urban sophistication with 18th-century decor. The living room’s custom sofa is in a Dedar damask, the pillows are in Nobilis velvets and an African wax print fabric, the Directoire armchair is covered in a Kirkby Design canvas, and the gilded console is Louis XVI; the Gaetano Sciolari chandelier is from the 1960s and the Moroccan rug and painted-steel wall sculpture are all custom.
The living room of Pierre Yovanovitch’s 17th-century château is the epitome of streamlined chic. The custom-made sofas are covered in a Rogers & Goffigon linen, the circa-1940s armchairs are by Otto Schultz, and the cocktail table is a 1949 design by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings.
Architect and designer Jean-Louis Denoit calls the living room of this Paris pied-à-terre an “ode to gray.” Image by Xavier Bejot, courtesy of Rizzoli.
Classical finishings and contemporary furnishings work hand-in-hand in this Paris home, highlighting the timeless, versatile character of Hausmannian architecture. Photo by Sara Niedzwiecka.
This dreamy French living room of designer Jean-Louis Deniot’s Paris apartment evokes the outdoors with its sky-inspired walls and ceiling. The living room’s Cubist lamp is from the 1930s, and the rug is custom made.
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Jean-Christophe Aumas — an art director for Voici/Voila, whose clients include Louis Vuitton and Céline — filled his 10th-arrondissement flat with icons of midcentury modernism, including an Arne Jacobsen Swan sofa. Photo by Christian Schaulin for Dwell.
The Left Bank duplex of interior designer Tino Zervudachi — one of namesakes behind the firm of Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi — is at once sophisticated and inviting. Photo by Marianne Haas.
For his second home in the City of Light, fashion star Andrew Gn devised a soothing retreat to express his passion for collecting. A set of chairs by Carlo di Carli surrounds a dining table by Gio Ponti, a painting by Jonathan Saiz hangs above a 1950s rosewood console by Ico Parisi, and the lamp is by Les Dalo; the walls are painted in a pale gray by Guittet.
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The Place Saint Georges home of Argentinean designer and architect Luis Laplace boasts breathtaking boiserie, or intricate wood paneling, and plasterwork.
This bold sitting area of São Paulo–based decorator Sig Bergamin’s Paris pied-à-terre combines color, texture, and pattern in one cohesive, stylish space. The armchair by Carlo Colombo and a 1970s French desk are paired with a Biedermeier chair; the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Brinjal.
The master bedroom in furniture designer Anne-Marie Midy’s bohemian haven makes great use of the apartment’s layout. The bedcover and throw are by Le Monde Sauvage and the rugs are by Muskhane; the 18th-century Italian headboard belonged to Midy’s grandmother, and the 20th-century French desk was her father’s.
Around 1853, Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann got to work on what is arguably the most successful — and most admired — renovation project of all time: a comprehensive overhaul of the streets, parks and buildings of Paris. After all, he is the man who untangled the city’s original medieval footprint, called for a vast annexation of surrounding suburbs and unfurled wide boulevards in tidy lines across the city. Haussmann also played an integral role in shaping the architectural profile of Paris. The city’s glorious, distinctive residential buildings were built to Haussmannian specifications: large (often whole-block), stone-faced, five-floor structures marked by the perfect alignment and symmetry of their balconies, windows and mansard roofs. Inside, the spacious apartments featured equally elegant architectural flourishes: high ceilings, parquet flooring, floor-length windows and intricate wood and plasterwork.
In the library of a socialite’s Paris apartment, the sofa is upholstered in a cotton damask, the armchair is covered in a silk velvet and the slipper chair is based on a Mongiardino design; the desk is Louis XV, the chandelier is Louis XIV and the 19th century rug is Persian.
A traditional Haussmannian interior, updated with a moody, gray palette and plush textiles by designer Bertrand Benoit.
In the living room of a Middle Eastern princess’ apartment, which was designed by Jean-Louis Deniot, a sofa by Collection Pierre is upholstered in a Brochier fabric trimmed with ribbons by Samuel & Sons; lamps by Paul Evans flank a glass wall sculpture by Christophe Gaignon, the cocktail tables are custom designs, and the walls are painted in Paint Library’s Eucalyptus.
The Paris home of Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier — the principals behind top-drawer design firm Gilles & Bossier — seamlessly blends 19th-century architectural flourishes with 21st-century furnishings. Photo by Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer.
In the Paris home of Lauren Santo Domingo, legendary interior designer François Catroux used a mix of elements — like a chrome Herve van der Straeten chandelier — to telegraph “a mixture of grandeur and bohemian style.” Photo by Oberto Gili for Vogue.
This modern dining area sits in a historic Parisian apartment that was gutted and renovated to the owner’s liking. The Eros marble dining table is by Angelo Mangiarotti, and the Seagull chairs and light fixture are by Arne Jacobsen.
Classic Parisian touches — chevron floors, a wrought-iron balcony — are offset by more contemporary elements, like a Ferruccio Laviani lamp, in this stunning library. Image via Designs With Jessica.
Design duo Champeau & Wilde added gilded, glamorous accents to this airy abode in the Nouvelle Athènes neighborhood of Paris. A gray velvet sofa perfectly complements the space’s exquisite point de hongrie parquet floors.
Plates from a book of Picasso works and a drawing by Eric Fischl hang above a pair of custom-made sofas in designer Sabine de Gunzburg’s living room; the vintage parchment-covered chairs are upholstered in a Rubelli fabric, the bamboo side tables are family heirlooms, and the rug is by de Gunzburg.
An adventurous Californian’s dream pied-à-terre on the Seine contains a spirited mix of Parisian élan, exuberant color, and audacious whimsy. The master bedroom’s sitting area has a view of the Panthéon; the 17th-century French desk is from Galerie Sylvain Lévy-Alban, the 18th-century chairs are in a Travers fabric, the curtains are in a Veraseta fabric, the carpet is from Stark, and the gilded-bronze Pinocchio sculpture is by Hubert Le Gall.
In the romantic dining room of a fashion designer’s apartment, the English mahogany table and the Swedish chandelier and commode are 18th century, and the Louis XVI mirror is from the South of France; the chairs in front of the windows are Directoire, and the curtains are silk.
Oh, to live in Paris. In a city with historic architecture and cute cafes around every corner, the only thing that could possibly top it all are those effortlessly elegant interiors.
Designer Jacques Grange created this witty, energetic space — a former cabinet-maker’s workshop in the Bastille district — for a client who appreciates contemporary art and Jean Royère’s designs. Photo by Alexander Bailhache.
The apartment can be found in Paris and it was designed by Pascal Grasso architects. The goal for this project was mainly to create a connection between the interior spaces and the terrace. The terrace, just like the rest of the apartment, is bright and simple. The brightness is transferred inside and, in addition, the natural light that comes through the large windows further emphasizes the main lines of the décor.
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This Parisian living room — another project by Grange — is both spirited and graceful, thanks to its deft employ of lush volumes, a creamy palette and precisely balanced groupings. Image by François Halard.
In the worldly library of an apartment in Paris’s 7th arrondissement, the 18th-century desk is English, the armchair is from Westenholz Antiques, and the desk lamp was made from a Ming vase; the Italian mirror dates to the early 1700s, the Japanese wood deity is from the Heian period, and the curtains are of a Ralph Lauren Home striped cotton.
White interior decors are quite popular, especially in modern and contemporary spaces. However, there’s usually a balance between the white background and range of colors used as accents. In this case we have an apartment that lacks color almost completely. It has a very simple, minimalist interior design. The walls and ceilings are white throughout and most of the furniture is white as well. The wooden floor has a dark stain and the contrast created is strong and elegant in all the rooms.