The Parisian apartment of my dreams (or a New York one for that matter) would be given over to the creative genius of architect Joseph Dirand to design. You can see his latest project, a double apartment on Avenue Montaigne owned by an Eastern European heiress, on NY Times T mag blog (imagine it’s going in their upcoming design issue). It is a serene, exquisite, understated but ultra-luxe jewel. And if you think simple is easy, you miss the stringent attention to detail that goes into everything Dirand touches. The artisan painters repainted one room four times (with sable brushes/no rollers), because the color that was beautiful at dusk, went wrong at dawn. T Mag featured Dirand’s own Parisian apartment in 2014 (last images), and it is one of my all-time favorite homes. His place is younger and looser, which is to my preference. What I love about Dirand’s minimalism is it’s soft edge; the color play, the textures—marble, metal, wood, cashmere and velvet create a lushness and warmth often missing from clean design. J’adore.
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