Love Story: At Home with a Pair of Parisians by

Issue 59 · L'Amour · February 14, 2013

Love Story: At Home with a Pair of Parisians

Issue 59 · L'Amour · February 14, 2013

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.

Photography by Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer via Yatzer.

Gilles et Boissier, 19th century flat in Paris, portrait of Patrick Gilles and Dorothee Boissier

Above: Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier chez eux.

Gilles et Boissier, 19th century flat in Paris, tall white rooms with architectural detailing painted white, large gilt frame

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.

Gilles et Boissier, 19th century flat in Paris, tall white rooms with architectural detailing painted white

Above: The designers mix contemporary and traditional art effortlessly in their entry hall.

Gilles et Boissier, 19th century flat in Paris, tall white rooms with architectural detailing painted white

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.

Gilles et Boissier, 19th century flat in Paris, tall white rooms with architectural detailing painted white, large scale gilt frame mirror

Above: The use of large gilt framed mirrors adds a formal, illusory effect.

Gilles et Boissier, 19th century flat in Paris, tall white rooms with architectural detailing painted white, herringboned patterned wood floor, large black and white photograph

Above: The chevron pattern of the wood floor provides texture and grounding in the tall white spaces.

Gilles et Boissier, 19th century flat in Paris, office, tall white rooms with painted ceiling panels

Above: Painted ceiling panels in the office change the tone of the room.

Gilles et Boissier, 19th century flat in Paris, kitchen

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.

Gilles et Boissier, 19th century flat in Paris, tall white rooms with architectural detailing painted white, master bedroom, rose colored throw over bed

Above: In the master bedroom, soft neutrals prevail.

Gilles et Boissier, 19th century flat in Paris, tall white rooms with architectural detailing painted white, rose colored throw over bed, large photo, large scale gilt frame mirror

Above: Simple and bold: large photographs and gilt-framed mirrors find their way into the master bedroom.

Gilles et Boissier, 19th century flat in Paris, bathroom

Above: Floor-to-ceiling cupboards in the bathroom provide storage.

Gilles et Boissier, 19th century flat in Paris, bathroom, marble trough like sink

Above: A trough-like marble sink has a rough-luxe feel.

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