Typical elements such as parquet and moldings were kept, while Emmanuelle presented her elegant but playful aesthetic. After starting her career alongside Jean-Marie Massaud and Pierre Yovanovitch, the Franco-Israeli interior architect and designer has been at the helm of her eponymous studio since 2017. She has worked on spas, boutiques, private apartments and its collection of furniture. and lighting. Emmanuelle’s furniture is inspired by the Art Deco style and the wabi-sabi philosophy, two influences that are also found in this pied-à-terre.
“It’s a classic Parisian apartment with warm and timeless decor,” says James. “The interior design features soft colors, earth tones and rounded shapes, creating a soft and inviting environment. “
Different materials and textures, such as velvet and bamboo, play with light. Each piece of furniture, vintage or contemporary, and each work of art has been carefully chosen to create the perfect balance between minimalism and maximalism, elegance and playfulness, design and know-how.
A sofa by Pierre Augustin Rose, small tables by Guy Bareff, ceramics by Frédéric Bourdiec, vases by Camille Tréhout and paintings by Hermentaire – to name just a few interesting elements – pair with Mid-Century furniture like a Scandinavian sideboard from the 1950s and a Dirk van Sliedregt rattan chair in the living room, and Pierre Paulin velvet chairs in the dining room. “I love the bespoke pieces designed by Emmanuelle, especially the Raku Yaki coffee table and the Elly dining table,” says James. The designer also created the iron shelves and sliding doors, which are made using the Japanese ceramic technique known as raku.
In addition to the main rooms, the owner particularly likes the two “bonus rooms”, as he calls them: A wine cellar in the basement and a guest bedroom in the attic of the building.
In this pied-à-terre, harmony reigns, while all the pieces of art and design seem to dialogue with each other and with the architecture. “Here I feel happy and relaxed,” says James. “It is the perfect, calm and visually interesting place to rest between hours spent exploring all that Paris has to offer.”