Thursday, January 1, 2009

Noir et Blanc

I spent part of this New Year's Day surfing the internet in search of interesting interiors and I'm so glad I did because I it led me to Fabrice Diomard. Most of the information about Fabrice is in French and has caused me to add "take a refresher French class" to my New Year's resolutions since I can only make out bits and pieces of the story. What I did manage to figure out is that Fabrice Diomard is an interior designer of Italian and Nordic descent and influence and owns a shop in Paris called L'Autre Maison. He works with the George V hotel and other clients and I think also designs furniture. I know his boutique is going to be my premier stop on my next trip to Paris.

His apartment featured here displays that wonderful European flair for mixing antiques and in this case ancient statues with modern furniture including plexiglass pieces. There is a wonderful video tour of the home on Interieurs and although it is in French, it is worth checking out. I also found a few other articles and a floor plan which might looks a little off but will still give you a sense of the space. Even though the color palette is mostly black and white, it's never dull due to the varying shades of color and patina.

I especially love how the apartment glows with warm candle light in the Interieurs video. The small dark and cozy bedroom would be good inspiration for many tiny New York City bedrooms. Oh, and if you didn't notice already, Fabrice is a bit of a hottie. Just another reason to check out his designs and shop!















21 comments:

s. said...

I am grateful that you shared this with us - I lived in Paris for years and love seeing others' apartments - but I absolutely hate what he's done with the place. So stark and uninviting to my eyes...

columnist said...

Love it all! How clever are those mirrored obelisks? And all the other neoclassical accoutrements.

ArchitectDesign said...

that is a stunning apt! And french men are ALWAYS the most handsome, not sure why....

Renee Finberg said...

so very tastefull

Rhonda said...

different yet no so...
I love the different shades and textures...
Beautiful.

M.A. said...

I actually love it, these rooms feel very calming. My favorite is the all-white room.

Anonymous said...

While it has on the surface a minimal feel, the appearance of too many objects clutter the mental space and restrict the imagination by forcing it into too many directions.

LostLuggage said...

easy on the eyes for sure!

Paloma said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

jds223 said...

I LOVE the male nude statue holding the candle. Little touches like that always make me smile!

Habitually Chic said...

S - to each his own but I didn't find it stark at all. I loved the mix of the modern and antiques. Oh well.

Architect Design/Stefan - I think it's because they aren't wearing oversized sweatshirts and baseball hats ;-)

Rhonda - I think the shades and textures is what makes it work for me.

MA - it is calming and although there is a lot of stuff, it doesn't look cluttered.

Anonymous - I don't find that it looks cluttered at all but everyone has a different opinion about how much is too much I guess.

Lost Luggage - I'll fight you for him ;-)

Paloma - the man or the apartment?

JDDS223 - he has serious objects but it looks like he doesn't take it all too seriously which is key.

alice said...

This reminds me of a glitzier version of Kelly Hoppen... or maybe I should just say a French version! I love the dining room with the gilt mirror & gorgeous herrinbone floors and then the contrast of all the black furntiure. Its amazing how pulled together different styles of furntiure can look when they have the same color scheme. Thank you so much for sharing, his shop is noted down on my Paris list!

Anonymous said...

New New Year's resolution: find beautiful french man to marry.

Lisa said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! And I really like the interiors a lot too!

Happy New Year to you! I hope 2009 brings you loads of happiness and fulfillment!!

Maison Luxe said...

I just returned from Paris yesterday, and I'm thrilled to see your post! I know exactly where this apartment is located by the photo of the amazing church outside the window! Also, I have visited his shop in the village Suisse and it is STUNNING. There are some great antique dealers over there, and it's not well known...a great resource. Thanks for sharing!

maison21 said...

it's all about those herringbone floors- so french, so chic!

and anon better not stop by the atelier- if that lil' bit of accessorizing clutters their mental space, my living room would make their head explode! ;-)

***note to architect design (and chic)- you can have the french men- i mean they are ok and all, but it is the spaniards that are the most handsome and chic on the planet. i believe prince felipe proves my case... ;-)

Tania Lovering Designs said...

I love the mixture of old and new in this achromatic design. Ilife at bet that place really comes toI'd love to see this place at night when the candle glow is reflected off the mirrors and crystal - glorious.

A Day That Is Dessert said...

Gorgeous apartment! Happy New Year!

Claire Kayser said...

In a word - FABULOUS!

MaryBeth said...

I must find those urn lights that are in the dining room... I hope it won't take a trip to Paris. xo MB

princedeligne said...

Heather, its simply stunning. Now, does he come with?
Probably not- but,it would be wonderful to hire him, as he would, ofcourse, have to spend an enormous amount of time in the apartment with the client.
Its worth a trip to Paris,too bad the concorde doesn't fly anymore......

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