This contemporary home project from renowned French architect Joseph Dirand is the apotheosis version of contemporaneity and the ultimate expression of his design. The top architect and interior designer was given carte blanche by a client to combined two apartments and created this dream home.
An heiress of an Eastern European fortune was the owner of two large apartments on Paris’s Avenue Montaigne beside the lavish boutiques of every luxury fashion brands in the world.
Dirand was granted with an almost unlimited budget, complete creative freedom for the two apartments totaling 6,500 square feet and to choose the artwork as well.
The client knew what she was doing when contacted Dirand. He is the designer and architect of some of the most refined boutiques of Balmain, Balenciaga, Givenchy and Chloe, as well as luxury hotels, and high-end restaurants.
In this 19th Century Haussmannian edifice, Dirand approach for this project was to create a dramatic but profoundly minimalist frame and then bringing a precise and curated collection of art, artifacts, and materials “a setting for a modern queen.”
The interior design project is characterized by the color white with black accents, marble and wood, and a curated selection of art and luxury furniture. The architect looked for rich textures and minimalist lines that carefully protect the decorative past. “You are not recreating history,” he says. “You are continuing it.”
This was a dream project that was not looking for the traditional definition of home. But as Joseph Dirand explain that wasn’t the point. “This project is not reasonable, I know that,” he says. “But when you are given a chance to make your fantasy, you have to do it.”
Photographs: Martin Morrell via NYT