Joseph Dirand was always destined to embark in the world of interior design, as his father was the iconic Jacques Dirand, one of the decor world’s preeminent photographers. Known for simplistic yet luxurious designs, the top interior designer transported that same feeling inside his new family home, on the Righ Bank, in Paris.
As soon as Joseph Dirand laid eyes on the 2,600-square-foot space, with its picture-postcard view of Paris, he knew he’d found what he’d been looking for, and how he would make it his own.
Clearly, stone is Joseph Dirand’s preferred material. Walls, flat surfaces, baths are all in soft-tone stone or marble. As with all his commissions, he brought on his favourite artisans, who know how to execute his taste for details. Like the three majestic Massangis limestone-trimmed arches down the left side of the entrance hall, which give way to the sprawling living/dining room.
In the kitchen, there is a vanilla-hued island carved from a hunk of breccia stazzema marble he purchased directly from the quarry and saved for five years. He even employs mineral materials for key furnishings, such as the white travertine dining table and the Estremoz coffee table.
Through a neoclassical limestone pedimented doorway at the end of the entrance hall are the family’s bedrooms. In the narrow hallway prowls a sleek bronze-and-gold lioness with auric eyes—a sculpture by Harumi Klossowska de Rola, the daughter of Balthus.
Throughout the home, creatures abound—an adorable Lalanne lamb, a vintage scarab table by French mid-century ceramist Georges Jouve, a taxidermy owl from the Paris natural science shop Deyrolle. The interior design also features an impressive and extensive modern, abstract, and Arte Povera art collection.
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