Parisian Dream :: The Apartment of Patrick Gilles + Dorothée Boissier

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

Dorothée Boissier first met Patrick Gilles in 1995 when they were both working for famed French designer Christian Liagre.  They would work together for three years before she moved on to work for Phillippe Starck as an interior architect.  They joined forces {romantically and professionally} in 2004 and formed Gilles + Boissier, a design and architecture firm.  Gilles + Boissier have a strong international reputation for its hotel, retail and hospitality projects and their clients include Baccarat, Moncler and Ian Schrager.  But what really caught my eye was their dreamy flat on Boulevard Malherbes in the 17th arrondissement in Paris.

The 300 sq meter apartment was rich in 19th century Napoleon III details and is the epitome of classic Parisian architecture with large rooms and floor to ceiling windows. The couple painstakingly restored the gorgeous herringbone floors and amazing boisierie.  To set off the ornate architectural detailing, Gilles and Boissier stuck to a very neutral palette of white and grey and contemporary furniture. The apartment is neither minimalist or decorative, it is the perfect blend of 19th century architecture and a 21st century lifestyle.

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

The white walls are the perfect backdrop for the duo’s extensive art collection {Boissier comes from a family of art dealers.}  All the photography in the apartment comes from Acte2Galerie, which is owned by the couple’s good friend Alexander Percy.

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

 I'm in love with this photograph of a horse by Steven Klein!

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

Naturally, much of the contemporary furniture in the home is designed by Gilles and Boissier themselves.  I can't get enough of the herringbone wood floors!  I swear I dream about gorgeous herringbone floors like these...

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

There isn't any pattern {aside from the aforementioned dreamy herringbone floors} but there is a lot of texture -- the boiserie, rugs, flooring and fabric selections provide visual interest.

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

The gorgeous dine-in kitchen features three different woods in three different colors and textures.  Crazy!  The white carrera marble on the counters and backsplash ties the three different looks together.

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

The splash of black on the ceiling of the study is the only departure from the soft palette of white, grey, and putty.

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

The bathroom doesn't have the same boiserie as the rest of the apartment, so the mirrors above the vanity bring in the ornate detail.  I love the gorgeous cerused cabinetry and am jealous of all that storage!  That would make a product-aholic like me very happy.

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

The bedroom is a mix of contemporary and traditional furniture and just looks so comfy.  I can totally picture myself standing in the window with a café créme gazing down on the streets of Paris {whoops! There I go daydreaming again!}

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer

photo :: birgitta wolfgang drejer


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