One of my all time favourite design duos Patrick Gilles and Dorothee Boissier of Gilles et Boissier have very different views on design, which is probably why they have such a unique aesthetic – neither minimalist or decorative. Known for their outstanding interior design work at the Michelin star Hakkasan restaurant properties, Baccarat Hotel & Residences NYC, the Mandarin Oriental hotel properties, and commercial, retail, and residential spaces all over the world, design lovers waited with baited breath when the news broke of the couple’s newly renovated digs. The pair recently converted a 19th century apartment, located on Boulevard Malesherbes in Paris, into a beautifully curated space blending both contemporary and classic design with oversized rooms, high ceilings, french windows, and original timber paneling… creating the perfect backdrop for the couple’s art collection and custom furniture; designed by themselves of course!
The Versailles parquet floors were carefully restored along with the 19th century console table designed by Patrick and chair by Christian Astuguevielle. In the hallway they have placed an enormous lighting fixture on the ground adjacent to a horse photograph by Steven Klein. All the photography in the apartment is from Acte2Galerie, which is owned by a close friend of the couple. I am obsessed with how Europeans strategically place artwork and photographs on the floor instead of hanging them, leaving the walls bare. It is so chic and effortless, like everything they do, but my Father, with is design background informed me that decor style is out of necessity. Having concrete walls, instead of dry wall, prohibits homeowners from placing artwork on the walls.
The kitchen and bathroom is a prime example of contemporary living with ideal juxtaposition. The dine-in kitchen has a beautiful combo of three woods in different colours and textures with stark white carerra marble backsplashes and countertops. The Gilles & Boissier designed dining table, also with carerra marble top, ties in perfectly in the space. And the bathroom is minimalist heaven tying in similar elements from the kitchen and drowning in light from the enormous floor to ceiling windows.
Photography by Birgita Wolfgang Drejer / Sister Agency
If I had my way, I would be waking up every morning in this master bedroom and lounge in the tuffted chaise in front of the fireplace drinking lattes and eating macarons. For more information on Patrick and Dorothee’s interior design projects, furniture and biography head to GillesEtBoissier.com