Discover The Parisian Apartment Of Hervé Van der Straeten

Hervé Van der Straeten and his fashion-world husband have decorated their Parisian apartment with an artfully arranged assemblage of covetable pieces both old and new.

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When furniture designer Hervé Van der Straeten and his husband, Bruno Frisoni, decided to sell their loft-like apartment in Paris’s 12th arrondissement, they set out looking for something different. What they found was a 1,750-square-foot one-bedroom apartment on the Île Saint-Louis, right in the center of the city.

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Left: In the dining room, 18th-century-style chairs surround Van der Straeten’s Perturbation table, to the left of which sits a Pierre Malphettes sculpture titled Un Rocher. Right: My Student, a 2012 Mao Yan painting, hangs over a Regency console on top of which stand a glass vase from the 1970s and a series of ceramic pieces created by Andrea Branzi for Sèvres-Cité de la Céramique

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The pair did very little work in the Île Saint-Louis apartment. They simply repainted the walls, which were formerly what Van der Straeten describes as a “cold white,” mostly substituting neutral tones like cream, a pale aqua green and a pinkish beige.

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Not surprisingly, Van der Straeten filled the interiors largely with his own creations. These include his angular, origami-like Réaction mirror, in the library; his Chinese-inspired Shanghai armchairs, in the living room; and, in the dining room, his Perturbation table, whose base is composed of stainless-steel cubes stacked in higgledy-piggledy fashion.

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Van der Straeten and Frisoni’s approach to art is similarly eclectic. Works in the Île Saint-Louis apartment range from a 16th-century Flemish canvas depicting Venus and the Four Seasons to one of Massimo Vitali’s iconic beach photos and a rock-like sculpture in metal by Pierre Malphettes.  “We generally buy things very quickly and without regret,” says Frisoni. “It’s more a question of instinct than something thought through.”

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By: Vera Silva

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