Discover The Picturesque Country House In The Middle Of Paris ⇒ CovetED brings a look inside the picturesque country house that is located right in the middle of Paris. The duplex is filled with art even has a garden, making it the perfect refuge from the movement of the bustling City of Lights.
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This perfect example of exquisite luxury design is in a Napoleon III building, located between the Arc de Triomphe and the Madeleine and, with a super-rare attribute like the large private garden, it was a total showstopper. Its’ previous owner hadn’t touched the property in over 50 years, so everything was renovated. What did remain were all of the original boiseries, hardware, and the grand staircase. The current kitchen was a bedroom; the former kitchen is now the homeowner’s youngest daughter’s bedroom.
The house was decorated by Francois de Marigny, who re-thought the rooms by adding closets, built bookcases and installed new bathrooms. But the heart of the property is its’ ground-floor kitchen, overlooking the garden.
The duplex apartment is a great mix of comfortable and formal, with pieces like an anthropomorphic North Indian sculpture from 2000 B.C. as a centrepiece in the entrance, or a chandelier made out of papier-machê, resembling a coral. The floors and the hardware on the doors in the foreground are original to the Napoleon III apartment.
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The main salon has a mix of styles, from more contemporary to tribal, and even baroque. Most of the objects around the house are pieces from artists that are friends with the owner or were found in Parisian flea markets, making it a melting-pot of art and design.
The kitchen, which opens onto the garden, is the homeowner’s favourite room in the house. With pieces of tableware by Robert Picault, a ceramicist who worked in Vallauris, France, and had ties to Picasso.
The master bedroom is decorated with pieces by French artists Pierre Malbec and Jean Clerté, Italian artist Alessandro Piangiamore and, at the foot of the bed, there’s a bench by Le Corbusier, and flanking the mantel are a pair of 19th-century bamboo colonial chairs.
Walking down the staircase, there are 12 works on newspaper, which were purchased in New York. The bust is an 18th-century plaster and the painting is by French artist André Masson. The house itself resembles a collection, with pieces from all over the world, that has a life of its own.
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Source: Architectural Digest