The great hotels particulier (private mansions) of Paris provide some of the city’s most spectacular apartments. Here, in the Marais and set on the first floor of a 1620s rose-pink brick house near the Place des Voges, is a magnificent gem belonging to a well-known decorator.
The building, which was used as offices for many years, is now divided into four apartments: the first floor, which has the largest rooms and the highest ceilings, has long been the most coveted. A great deal of work had to be carried out as part of the building’s restoration, but some original paneling survived,to be stripped of paint and the waxed.
Floors, doors and stairs were found to suit the architecture and the owner’s predilection for correct period detail. While the impression is one of grandeur, the apartment relies on simple fabrics and furniture and high-quality craftsmanship to create the style.
The owner’s daughter made the over-scaled plaster Atlantes(Atlas figures) either side of the fireplace in the main salon. This grand gesture is balanced by simple twentieth-century furniture and white cotton canvas. In an apartment of this size, one’s dreams need no restraint.