Tranquil Inspiration: Paris Apartment by Joseph Dirand

Luxurious palatial Paris apartment renovation by Joseph Dirand on Montaigne Avenue
Palatial Paris Apartment by Joseph Dirand

Oh, for corn’s sake.
This blogpeasant is not
worthy to post design of this magnitude…
Joseph Dirand has created a most unforgettable
palatial Paris apartment.

This cloud of perfection shelters very fine things.

And I’m much too unqualified and uncredentialed.
to speak of the things with commentary.
Too beyond bourgeois to label the palace’s
creation ‘decor inspiration.’
After all, it has been deemed by some
“possibly the most family-unfriendly home ever.”

Still.


Who can blame a curious renegade for
visually feasting a little at the banquet table of 
Joseph Dirand sustenance on Avenue Montaigne?

Here’s an intriguing fact I learned about
the project, and if you are a designer, prepare
to grow green with envy.

The client’s wish for the designer
(Joseph Dirand) was…get this:
to make his own design wishes come true.
So if it pleased Dirand? Green light.
I’m not even joking.

Before I utter another peep,
we’ll need to slip these on:

Good.
Welcome to a priceless Paris pad.
Welcome to French Fantasyland. 

The home?
Two combined apartments in an
early 19th century Haussmannian building
on the Avenue Montaigne in Paris

More particulars?
6,500 square feet
11 foot double doors
An interior design renovation which
took 2 years to complete.

Who lives here?
No one.
The owner is an heiress to an Eastern European
fortune who has only visited her property once.

The art collection?
On Kawara date painting over a desk
Moody triptych by Hiroshi Sugimoto
Oils by the Greek Arte Povera master Jannis Kounellis
A pair of polished bronze orbs by Lucio Fontana
Several pieces by François‑Xavier Lalanne,
including a life-size sheep made into a writing desk
in one of the living rooms.
A small, exquisite LeWitt cube construction
(seemingly in conversation with a delicate Lalanne bird
perched on a leather-covered writing desk.)

Interior Design: Joseph Dirand
Photography: Martin Morrell
New York Times Style Magazine
Article Author: Nancy Hass

Luxurious palatial Paris apartment renovation by Joseph Dirand on Montaigne Avenue
Palatial Paris Apartment by Joseph Dirand

I love seeing the designer in the space
for a better feel for the massive scale.

Luxurious palatial Paris apartment renovation by Joseph Dirand on Montaigne Avenue
Palatial Paris Apartment by Joseph Dirand

The “coffee table” does seem perfect for

evenings you order takeout to eat during the game, oui?

Luxurious palatial Paris apartment renovation by Joseph Dirand on Montaigne Avenue
Palatial Paris Apartment by Joseph Dirand

An island/table defying gravity.

Luxurious palatial Paris apartment renovation by Joseph Dirand on Montaigne Avenue
Palatial Paris Apartment by Joseph Dirand

The palette…holy yum.

Luxurious palatial Paris apartment renovation by Joseph Dirand on Montaigne Avenue
Palatial Paris Apartment by Joseph Dirand

Luxurious palatial Paris apartment renovation by Joseph Dirand on Montaigne Avenue
In the master bath, a tub cut from a single block of white Estremoz marble; fixtures are from Waterworks

The tub above truly
ignites the imagination!

Luxurious palatial Paris apartment renovation by Joseph Dirand on Montaigne Avenue
Palatial Paris Apartment by Joseph Dirand

Luxurious palatial Paris apartment renovation by Joseph Dirand on Montaigne Avenue
Dressing room: a row of closets with panels hand-painted by the Atelier Mériguet-Carrèrel

Luxurious palatial Paris apartment renovation by Joseph Dirand on Montaigne Avenue

Can you even imagine landing this design commission
avec carte blanche for anything and everything on
your designfreaky wishlist for this Paris apartment?
Every project coming after it would have to
feel a little restrictive!

How does this project hit you?
Tranquil lullaby or minimal yawnfest?

Thanks for playing along with the fantasy, friends

Peace to you right where you are.

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2 Comments

    • April 20, 2017 / 5:00 pm

      Thanks for reading, Holly. I'm not worthy of such design! 🙂

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