The House Of Patrick Gilles & Dorothée Boissier In Paris

published in: Interiors By Tina Komninou, 20 January 2013

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photo © Sisters Agency / Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer.

The successful duo that run the architecture & design practice Gilles & Boissier are definitely no strangers to anyone involved in anything remotely close to high-end design. Patrick Gilles & Dorothée Boissier who are partners, both at work and play, turned our heads when they announced the completion of their 19th century renovated apartment, situated on Boulevard Malesherbes in Paris, France. This 300sqm residence is the creation of their perfect home, which of course brings great joy to all of us looking at the outcome.

The shell interior itself is truly magical, consisting of high ceilings, large open spaces, French windows and classical moldings bringing the essence of classical living in the foreground. This apartment is a joy where 19th c. architecture coincides with a 21st c. lifestyle. It was essential for the couple’s two children to be able to run astray within the home whilst at the same time respecting the history surrounding them. Great care was taken to retain the original woodwork and paneling throughout, which were then painted off-white creating a stark but soft and calm shell. The whole structure is revolved around the library, which creates this feeling of vast liberty. The sole colour shade present in the living room is the introduction of a grey palette giving a warmer and cosier feel to the space.

A picture of a horse by Steven Klein, photo © Sisters Agency / Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer.

The traditional moldings create a great dynamic with the herringbone type parquet allowing for distinction while creating contemporary living. The joining of two styles through the structural, fixture and furniture design is greatly appreciated in both the kitchen and bathrooms.  Here the marble backsplash and built-in sink create a luxurious element of the classical era while retaining simplistic contemporary lines. In the kitchen, we fell in love with the upper shelf supported cupboards and the marriage of the three woods every one unique in its own form. Of course the dining table designed by Gilles & Boissier is the perfect inclusion for the introduction to the mildly classical but sharply mod interior. 

As you may have guessed, most furniture pieces and pendant lights are designed by the owners allowing for the character within the interiors to be created exactly as desired. For example in the hallway, the existing wall paneling is loosely interrupted by the oversized light pendant in conjunction with the X-frame console table and the horse photograph by Steven Klein. Here the two worlds of the paneling and the contemporary items stand together harmoniously. Throughout the apartment, the artwork and its positioning plays a key role in the character of the spaces. All of the photography is from acte2galerie , which is owned by the couples’ close friend Alexander Percy.

Finally, the master bedroom follows the same language and essence. Here simplistic but greatly comfortable pieces have been selected to coincide with the existing classical ornamentation, which is greatly adored.  All in all, this is a pure example of what excites us in the world of living. However, it does not come as a surprise to us, as when the names Gilles & Boissier are behind it we know that they always rise to the occasion.

photo © Sisters Agency / Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer.

photo © Sisters Agency / Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer.

photo © Sisters Agency / Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer.

photo © Sisters Agency / Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer.

photo © Sisters Agency / Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer.

 

photo © Sisters Agency / Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer.

photo © Sisters Agency / Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer.

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  • friend
    Julia | 2013-01-22 19:25:44

    Thank you for the inspiration :) you have very interesting posts that I always read and follow. Hope my blog will get as good as yours! Don't hesitate to give me some tips if you want to. Keep up the good work! Liebe Grüsse aus Berlin! Julia

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    Kim Scholten | 2013-01-30 01:40:43

    While beautiful, it seems to me that every black and white, semi industrial interior is just an extension of the last one that received all the oohs and aahs! The truly special things here are the ceiling details and those have been there for a long, long time.Nothing particularly exciting about black and white images leaning against walls!

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    AI | 2014-02-20 07:46:53

    It's also about the art that's in those 'frames' dear. Are you more into food, crafternoons and kiddie colours? I've never seen wall lights like those used throughout the house, very interesting contrast and the light given off by the inner goldy plating against the crisp white walls would be divine. I guess you would need to view the house through the eyes of a designer to pick up on the myriad of details that separate this home from so many others. Another highlight for me is the kitchen island bench (again bespoke detailing here girl), coupled with the pale, almost jacobean, chair. And yes... that plaster! Yum.

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    Peter | 2013-03-11 03:17:33

    This place is stunning. I like the placement of the Christian Astuguevieille sculpture too.

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    LLI Design | 2013-05-20 16:21:54

    The period plaster work in this apartment is amazing, i really like the way that they have balanced it with the greyed flooring and large format contemporary images it gives it a great old meets new feel.

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    studio2a | 2013-07-11 18:22:21

    Look at that plaster... Paris effing rocks!

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    Stephanie | 2014-02-07 17:46:41

    The wall details in this room are amazing.

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