Californians in Paris: David Rager and Cheri Messerli by

Issue 75 · Travels with an Editor: Paris · June 5, 2013

Californians in Paris: David Rager and Cheri Messerli

Issue 75 · Travels with an Editor: Paris · June 5, 2013

A couple of years ago, we posted on the apartment of David Rager and Cheri Messerli, who had just relocated from New York to the 9th arrondissement of Paris. I recently visited them at their personality-filled Parisian flat, which includes mementoes from the west coast of California (where they both grew up) mixed with newer finds.

Since moving to Paris, David and Cheri have been successful designing restaurants and bars in a style completely unique to the typical Parisienne. Rager's background and current practice in branding and graphic design has led him to projects like Ten Belles, Les Néréides, and the Broken Arm, and, working with Messerli, designing Candelaria, Glass, and Le Mary Celeste, under the name Weekends.

The first project that the couple worked on together was with their friend's Ecology Center in California. When I ask Cheri about the California-Paris connection, she says, "We are definitely more inspired by where we are from than we ever were before and we try to bring that to Paris as much as we can." That's when I began to notice the rocks, driftwood, sculptures by a San Francisco artist, and ceramics from LA set throughout the house.

Photography by Alexa Hotz for Remodelista.

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

Above: A graceful stairway leads to the couple's apartment.

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

Above: Cheri's go-to resources are Emery et Cie "for the paint, tiles, and lighting" and Magasin Sennelier, a classic art supplies store on the Left Bank. 

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

Above: Cheri and David at their long dining room table.

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

Above: Confetti System's Neutral Tassel Garland made from tissue paper and mylar hangs over the mirror in the living room.

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

Above: The kitchen, made up of raw concrete and exposed beams, opens into a tiny corner studio where Cheri designs her jewelry collection.

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

Above: David and Cheri's apartment came fully furnished, and they've delicately integrated their own style into the framework. To lighten up the original dark burgundy velvet pillows, Cheri made cases from various striped fabrics. Watercolor linens, hand made by Cheri, that once functioned as tablecloths now cover the living room sofa.

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

Above: Paper cranes, a vintage task lamp, and driftwood collected from the shores of the west coast of California.

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

Above: Bookshelves in the dining room shelter not only books and magazines but ceramics, dried flowers, found objects, and collections.

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

Above: A garland of turkey feathers in the doorway.

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

Above: A birdhouse by ceramicist Stan Bitters; currently available through Totokaelo's Art-Object in Seattle.

David Rager and Cheri Messerli Jonathan Adler Teapot, Remodelista

Above: Jonathan Adler's Utopia Teapot and a bowl of avocado pits saved for future houseplants.

Windowsill Garden at David Rager and Cheri Messerli, Remodelista

Above: A small garden of succulents set into the skylight window.

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

Above L: When Cheri first started designing the watercolored fabric, she drew inspiration from Memphis artist Peter Shire's splatter paint pieces. "I had the idea for it but then I was just making too many things for our wedding so I did it really quickly but really liked the way it turned out," says Cheri. Above R: In the very corner are small wooden sculptures from Key & Kite in San Francisco.

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

Above: Avocado pits ready to sprout on the corner desk.

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

Above: Patterns and hardware for Cheri's upcoming collection.

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

Above: In the back of the kitchen, you can see the hand-forged nails jutting out from the exposed wooden beams.

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

Above: The couple's nook of a bedroom with a mix of linens and blankets: watercolor by Cheri and a Hudson Bay Point Blanket.

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

Above: Illustrated birds attached to pieces of driftwood once functioned as name tags at David and Cheri's wedding and now as decor in their Paris home.

House Call with David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris, Remodelista

Above: Scout, the namesake of Cheri's work, gazes out the living room window.

Before we visited David and Cheri in person, we spotted their apartment online in 2011; see our first post on the couple's home in House Call: David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris. For more house visits from my trip to Paris, take a look at our Travels with an Editor: Paris series.



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