Once upon a time there was a young man who left his home and his family’s decorative arts studio in the south of France for Paris (the most romantic city in the world), where he met the woman and design partner of his dreams.
After studying at the Atelier du Louvre and the École Camondo, Patrick Gilles had learned all he needed to know about the decorative arts; he went to work for the French designer Christian Liaigre, where he met Dorothee Boissier, a native Parisian from a family of art dealers. Gilles went on to become the head of Liaigre’s design studio, and Boissier went to the offices of another French designer, Philippe Starck, where she honed her skills as an interior architect. The dynamic couple started Gilles and Boissier in 2004 and began slaying the world with their designs of exotic restaurants around the world (Buddahkan in New York, Cha Cha Moon in London, and various Hakkasans, including the recently opened one in San Francisco). Eventually, they came to work on their own castle (a quintessential 19th-century Parisian flat); a series of tall, elegant, white spaces, where their backgrounds and experiences are merged seamlessly—we’d like to think forever.
Above: Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier chez eux.
Above: The ornate 19th century architectural detailing of the flat has been painted white to match the walls and to read as a ghost-like language of another era.
Above: The designers mix contemporary and traditional art effortlessly in their entry hall.
Above: The consistent use of rush mats on the herringbone wood floors and white paint on the walls creates a sense of free-flowing space.
Above: The use of large gilt framed mirrors adds a formal, illusory effect.
Above: The chevron pattern of the wood floor provides texture and grounding in the tall white spaces.
Above: Painted ceiling panels in the office change the tone of the room.
Above: The designers use the distinct texture of different woods to provide a modern rustic feel to the kitchen. The cabinets have been detailed as a series of boxed units, almost like an art installation.
Above: In the master bedroom, soft neutrals prevail.
Above: Simple and bold: large photographs and gilt-framed mirrors find their way into the master bedroom.
Above: Floor-to-ceiling cupboards in the bathroom provide storage.
Above: A trough-like marble sink has a rough-luxe feel.
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