A CONNOISSEUR OF CONTEMPORARY ART, AUSSET an endless source of pleasure.” The designer insisted
defines himself as a “non-eccentric avant-garde.” on a convivial, light, laid-back tone for the majestic
His signature is mixing contemporary art with setting. Second, he wanted an eclectic mix of
design creations while respecting the spirit of the periods and styles, which he considers a golden rule
space. Working with Rozen Le Nagard, a specialist of design.
in twentieth-century decorative arts, and Sophie
What emerges is a succession of moods. On the
Gonzales, a specialist in contemporary art, he first floor, classic and elegant shapes take command,
replaced the sober elegance of the eighteenth- while retaining their modernity. In the entrance area,
century French furniture that had long dominated Ausset designed oak paneling that sets off a 2011
with the clean and minimalist lines of pieces from papier-mache mirror by the Farfelus Farfadets and a
the 1950s through the 1970s, and a wide range 1978 console table by Angelo Mangiarotti. Between
of contemporary art and objets. Elements were two windows he installed Christian Boltanski’s
selected based on two criteria. First, he wanted 1987 Monument, and placed Gerard Rancinian’s
pieces of the highest quality that were also cheerful, photograph Portrait de Cardinal on another wall.
fun and pleasant to live with. “That doesn’t have to There are also midcentury ceramics by Georges
take away from comfort,” he notes, “and it provides Jouve and Paul Chambost.