Design Project: Explore Christian Lacroix’s Creative Director’s Flamboyant Parisian Home

This flamboyant home is bursting at the seams with priceless art and covetable design pieces from every era.

Get the look: Rug is “Riviera” by Sacha Walckhoff for Christian Lacroix Maison / Designers Guild.

PROPERTY

Sacha Walckhoff and Pascal Ferrero’s Parisian apartment is situated on the Paris right bank, near the place Franz-Liszt in the up and coming 10th arrondissement, and sits in a building built in the 1840’s, typical of King Louis Philippe’s era. The apartment features 135 square metres of space.

ENTRANCE HALL

The owners are Sacha Walckhoff, a Designer and Decorator who is the Creative Director for the Christian Lacroix brand, and his partner Pascal Ferrero who is an international wig and hair Designer for the film and the theatre industry.

They both work a lot at home and wanted to have a place to work but also somewhere to host their clients for a drink and to share their ideas and style with them. It is a multi – functional space where the couple’s creations and collections of art and design are displayed in their own way. It is eclectic, unique but with a strong Parisian flavour and a little bit of humour…

Get the look: Folding screen is designed by Sacha Walckhoff and made by Karen Mourra – Dutch embossed leather panels from the 17th century (Paris flea market). Salons Cube chair: “Furplay” Armchair, made of brass, steel and Astrakan fur, designed by Sacha Walckhoff for Gallery Gosserez and Pouenat. Ceiling Light: IC Light by Michael Anastassiades for Flos. Decorative floor light: Vintage Luna Park lamp from the 40s (Portobello flea market ,London). A factory metal window transformed into a mirror (Marché PAUL BERT, Paris). Pair of bronze wall lamps “Pulcinella” by Garouste et Bonetti made in 1987 for the Lacroix Haute couture.

The entrance hall is a wide vestibule, slightly dark in order to contrast with the brightness of the other rooms. A high screen, specially designed, is displayed at the end of it.

Get the look: Wall paint is “Railings” by Farrow & Ball. Get the look: Antique stove is ceramic and brass, from the end of the 19th century. On the stove: the artwork is a cyanotope entitled “Brad Pitt ” by Michael Roy (Gallery Alain Gutharc). “Minotaure” porcelain vase by Sacha Walckhoff for Gallery Gosserez and VIsta Algere.

Pieces of art and design are placed here and there and might be moved from time to time to keep the energy vivid. Sacha tells us that moving furniture is like therapy to him.

Get the look: Concrete shelves from the 70s by Willy Guhl. Ceramics by Georges Jouve, the siblings Cloutier and Suzanne Ramié for Madoura, Glasswork by Sacha Walckhoff, Hella Jongerius and David Lehmann.

LIVING ROOM

The living room is a bright square room with genuine 19th century architectural details. The original fireplace is made of Carrara marble.

Get the look: Rug is “Riviera” by Sacha Walckhoff for Christian Lacroix Maison / Designers Guild. The beige armchair is Vintage “model 498” in tweed by PIerre Paulin. The sofa is a unique piece designed by Rodrigo Almeida and Sacha Walckhoff, fabric Christian Lacroix Maison. Silver glass stool is One to Three – Sacha Walckhoff for Verreum.  the metal chair is the “Knotted chair” by Marcel Wanders (Tools Gallery). Black and White floor lamp is Disderot (50s). Tires and man sculpture “Vanilla” by Daniel Firman (Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery). Embroidered piece of a real Renault car by Severija Kriauneviciene (Lituania).

The owners love contemporary art and design and a part of their collection is displayed here, but they also like to have a few antiques mixed in with the modern pieces.

Get the look: The sofa is a unique piece designed by Rodrigo Almeida and Sacha Walckhoff, fabric Christian Lacroix Maison. Cushions are vintage leopard and Christian Lacroix Maison / Designers Guild. Tires and man sculpture “Vanilla” by Daniel Firman (Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery). Embroidered piece of a real Renault car by Severija Kriauneviciene (Lituania). Brass floor lamp by Jannette Laverrière (late 40s).

This contrasted mix is their signature and is typical of the French decor tradition, going from Madeleine Castaing to Henri Samuel or even Jacques Grange. The green chair is a classic Maarten Baas piece. The cubic black stool is “Furplay” by Sacha Walckhoff for Gallery Gosserez and Pouenat. The photograph is by Thierry Fontaine (Les Filles du Calvaire Gallery).

Get the look: The beige armchair is Vintage “model 498” in tweed by PIerre Paulin. Group of 4 bishops, metallic reliquary from the early 19th century (Stephen Sprake Gallery, London). Green chair Maarten Baas. Cubic black stool is “Furplay” by Sacha Walckhoff for Gallery Gosserez and Pouenat.

Furniture, art and design pieces are from all eras, and span the whole of the past century. The photograph is by Mohamed Bourouissa (Kamel Mennour Gallery).

Get the look: The beige armchair is Vintage “model 498” in tweed by PIerre Paulin. Group of 4 bishops, metallic reliquary from the early 19th century (Stephen Sprake Gallery, London).

The wood branch is actually a floor lamp by Marco Iannicelli.

Get the look: The wood branch floor lamp is by Marco Iannicelli (Mint Gallery, London). The steel bench is by Maria Pergay (originally made for the Air France 1st class salons in the 70s)

In the background is a piece of a real Renault car that’s been embroidered.

Get the look: Embroidered piece of a real Renault car by Severija Kriauneviciene (Lituania).

The shelving is vintage from the 50s. The brown three-legged stool is Danish, also from the 50s.

Get the look: Ceramics by Marlene Mocquet (Sevres) on the shelves.

X-rated art sits above the Piero Fornasetti table. The photograph is “Clemens and Jens” by Nan Goldin (Yvon Lambert Gallery).

Get the look: Table by Piero Fornasetti (50s).

DINING ROOM

Another generous square room, but this time with high, painted wood paneling. The large table has ebony inlays and is by Hans Bellmann from the 50s. The ceiling lights are Aim by R&E Bouroullec for Flos. The fan sculpture is by Maarten Baas. The taxidermy zebra was found at the Paul Bert market in Paris.

Get the look: The rug is “Pantigre” by Sacha Walckhoff for Christian Lacroix Maison / Designers Guild. Wallpaper is “Agua Parati” Christian Lacroix Maison / Designers Guild. Curtains are “Cabanon” Christian Lacroix Maison / Designers Guild. Ceiling lights are Aim by R&E Bouroullec for Flos. The fan sculpture is by Maarten Baas.

The owners decided to use a bold and dramatic Christian Lacroix Maison wallpaper with a black background. It is a very graphic set up.

Get the look: Wallpaper is “Agua Parati” Christian Lacroix Maison / Designers Guild. Ceiling lights are Aim by R&E Bouroullec for Flos. The taxidermy zebra was found at the Paul Bert market in Paris.

Everything is black and white with splashes of red and blue.

Get the look: Ceiling lights are Aim by R&E Bouroullec for Flos.

A Lacroix black and white striped signature fabric “Cabanon” was used for the curtains and the upholstered chairs.

Get the look: The rug is “Pantigre” by Sacha Walckhoff for Christian Lacroix Maison / Designers Guild. Red seated chairs are “Napoléon IV” chairs by Christian Lacroix Maison / La Redoute (edited in 2007). Black and white chairs by Garouste et Bonnetti, upholstered with “Cabanon” fabric by Christian Lacroix Maison / Designers Guild.

STUDIO

Facing the dining room is a studio space.

Get the look: The red chair is by Christian Lacroix Maison / Designers Guild.

The desk is by French designer Alain Richard who was famous for his ” ligne claire” designs in the 60s and the 70s. The shelves and archive boxes can be extended to the dining room table for big meetings and projects.

Get the look: The desk is by Alain Richard (60s). Storage containers are Muji and Christian Lacroix paper. Ostrich is from Deyrolle, a gift from Designer Maurizio Galante.

The space is filled with art and curiosities.

Get the lok: The red metal shelving is by Philippe Millon (Alain Gutharc Gallery).

BEDROOM

The bespoke bed was custom designed by the owners for Savoir Beds London and their ateliers made it beautifully. The artworks are by Marlene Mocquet, Hans Bellmer and Christian Boutin.

Get the look: bed upholstered in dark green Alcantara and designed by Sacha Walckhoff for Savoir Beds

Shelving units are all around the bed and upholstered in a dark “Mousse” Green Alcantara.

Get the look: cushions by Christian Lacroix Maison / Designers Guild. Bedside lamps are by Catellani & Smith (Stephen Sprake Gallery, London)

The walls of the bedroom are lined with books.

Get the look: chair is by Raphael (from the 50s).

Get the look: chair is by Raphael (from the 50s).

BATHROOM

The owners always loved this amazing light “tilleul” green that was found in 18th century boudoirs. Pascal was very specific about it and the couple finally found it at Farrow & Ball. They find it an amazing colour to start the day with. 

Get the look: Wall colour is “Cooking apple green” by Farrow & Ball. Sculpture is “Nubien” painted plaster (end of 19th century). Wall tiles are vintage, so is the ceiling lamp. Chair is Piet Hein Eeck. Artworks: Drawings by Jean Cocteau and Fernando Botero, Shells frame by Thomas Boog, embroidered gloves piece by Sophie Lechat, “Vanité” photography by Gregoire Alexandre

Photography / Francis Amiand

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