There are some interiors that you see cropping up time and again on Tumblr and Pinterest – usually because they’re just so good or interesting that they strike a chord – and this apartment in Paris is one of them. I’ve posted and reblogged images of this space myself on my other blog, and the image above that showcases a large scale photograph of a horse by Steven Klein is one of my favourite interior photos of late.
In some ways this image – which is part of a fabulous series of photos taken by Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer – sums up what this interior is about: gorgeous period detailing, including the original plaster cornicing and mouldings, combined with contemporary art and photography and furnishings.
This 19th century apartment is the home of Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier, who are partners in life and in their architecture & design practice Gilles & Boissier. The interior was renovated to retain its classical elegance while creating a living space that would work for a family, as reflected in the flow of space in particular.
Although the background palette is predominantly off-white, with a soft grey hue introduced in the living room, warmth is layered in with textures, from the herringbone parquet flooring – a great detail – to the three timbers combined in the kitchen cabinetry.
The owners designed most of the furniture and the pendant lighting themselves, and while the overall effect is one of simplicity, it’s clear that every element has been meticulously considered. For me, the knockout detail is the juxtaposition of the large-scale photography within these spaces (all from acte2galerie), with the artworks casually propped on furniture or against the original wall panels. Stunning.