urban glamour #55

Mix a healthy dose of chic Parisian style with a passion for the unusual and what do you get? This gallery owner's stunning family home...

Get the look The artwork on the wall is by Karsten Konrad. Learn more about her work at ARNDT Berlin. The Jewel metal floor lamp and the Family metal table lamp are by Atelier Van Lieshout. This coffee table is by Ingrid Donat. The love seat was a flea-market find. Try 1stdibs.com for similar.

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A first-floor apartment located in Paris’s Marais district. There is a living room, kitchen-diner, study, three bedrooms (one en suite), a family bathroom and a WC.

Living room

As co-founder of the cutting-edge Carpenters Workshop Gallery, the owner here is in the habit of taking his work home with him. It’s proved a fail-safe method of testing out the gallery’s highly regarded, very limited-edition pieces by luminaries such as Marc Newson, the Campana Brothers, Robert Stadler and Wendell Castle.

As a result, each lamp, coffee table or chair makes the trip up the stairs to the apartment to ensure it not only resonates as art, but also works in a domestic setting.

Get the look This page, clockwise from top left: the Jubilee Tree sculpture on the mantel is by Atelier Van Lieshout.

The owner likes his furniture as visceral as an artwork. So, in his family’s living room (shown at the top), buckled strips of metal erupt from the surface of a storage cabinet, twisting it into a dynamic, deconstructed sculpture.

A few feet away, a dark bronze table lamp mutates into a tree of human figures. The artistry of these pieces by Vincent Dubourg and Atelier Van Lieshout sums up the ethos of this couple’s lofty Parisian home – a place where the boundaries between art and furniture are blurred in the most beautiful way.


The couple were keen to free up the rigidity of the archetypical Haussmann architecture by removing walls, including one between the kitchen and dining room.

The dining area has an easy-going vibe, with a vintage table and café chairs mixed with limited edition designs.

Get the look The Hatchlight pendant is by Studio Robert Stadler. The artwork on the wall is by Karsten Konrad. The Jieldé floor light and mantel mirror are both vintage. Try Overmantels for a similar mirror. Travers Antiques in Alfies Antique Market sells Jieldé lighting. The chairs are vintage. Try Retrospective Interiors for similar.


The kitchen is designed to not feel too much like a kitchen.


The flat’s Haussmann-era proportions provide plenty of space for an artwork that doubles as a crash course in art history – and was the first significant piece the couple bought.

Get the look The artwork is by Anne Berning. The desk and chair are vintage. Try The Old Cinema for similar. The chain-link chandelier is by Franz West for Meta Memphis. In the living room beyond, the Tree table lamp is by Atelier Van Lieshout.

The gallery owner is a devotee of what he calls ‘functional sculptures’ – items that are ‘as thought- provoking as an artwork, but still remain useful for everyday life’. So furniture is free to challenge as many artistic preconceptions as it likes – as long as it still works as a place to sit, read the paper or rest your morning coffee.

Get the look the Sushi mirror on the study wall is by Fernando and Humberto Campana; and find a similar bistro chair at The Conran Shop.

Master en suite

The metal shower enclosure and encaustic tiles make for a smart update on classical style.

Get the look Architectural Bronze Casements could make a bespoke shower enclosure like this. The floor tiles were sourced on eBay. See Fired Earth’s Patisserie for similar. The basin and tap are by Leroy Merlin.

Master bedroom

The couple can’t decide whether this is a bedroom that’s like a bathroom, or a bathroom like bedroom. Either way they say it’s good for how they live.

Get the look The reconditioned cast-iron bath is from Eliot Marsden. The chandelier is a flea-market find. Try thefrenchhouse. co.uk for similar. For large, glazed display cabinets such as this one, head to Retrouvius. For a similar gilt side table, try The French Bedroom Company.

Visit carpentersworkshopgallery.com to see the full limited-edition collection of design art

Photography / James Merrell


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