AMadrid couple who had worked with designer Juan Poggi on their Miami apartment turned to him for help in finding a stellar Paris property. “We looked at some of the most prestigious addresses available in the sixteenth arrondissement,” Poggi recalls, “and we quickly fell in love with a Haussmannian building awash with incredible light and Parisian
grandeur and located in a neighborhood known for its art galleries and urban chic.
We tried to respect the original sumptuous feeling of the rooms, but we decided to
rework some of the spaces to give them a more contemporary twist.”
In the entrance hall, Poggi restored traditional moldings and the wood floor,
which offset a selection of contemporary pieces. “I wanted to present the entrance
hall as an art gallery by choosing the sculptural Fabio Novembre table and Ingo
Maurer’s Oh Mei Ma light fixture, which complement Peter Zimmermann’s colorful
acrylic art piece, drawn from the owners’ collection.” Another wall holds a faux-
grass vertical garden, adding a surreal organic note (“There wasn’t enough natural
light to use real grass,” Poggi notes).
“We wanted to keep the essential feeling and classic proportions of the living
room but combine that with a range of modern furnishings,” says Poggi. “The
warm gray wall color seemed to be the correct approach to make the spaces
more contemporary, and from there we developed the gunmetal and chartreuse
accents.” A Maxalto sofa covered in anthracite velvet contrasts with vivid pistachio-colored B&B Italia chairs set on metallic feet. A graphic artwork by Catalan artist
Antoni Tapiés hangs above a mirrored Edra cabinet by the Brazilian Campana
Brothers, which echoes a silvery Murano-glass chandelier and sconces from Donghia.
Poggi designed the wood-steel-and-glass coffee table, and Gary Hutton’s crystal-topped bronze Facet side tables underscore the glamorous tone. Damask drapery
fabric by Rubelli and a custom silk-and-wool rug by Galerie Diurne (“We wanted a
traditional feeling but in contemporary colors and textures,” Poggi explains) provide
a rich but understated background.