French decorator Jean-Louis Deniot’s projects are often imbued with a sense of grandeur. In Delhi, he designed a ground-up house that resembles a miniature Versailles. In New York, he worked on a duplex in Chelsea with sweeping views of the city and a capacious living room with ceilings that stretch to 6.5 metres in height. This sense of magnificence has led one of his collaborators to nickname him “Doctor Palace”. The jocular moniker is particularly fitting for one of his latest commissions – a 5,400sqft Parisian pied-à-terre for a Middle Eastern princess. “She’s in her mid-20s and has quite funky way of dressing,” explains Jean-Louis. “She’s very much got her finger on the pulse.”
The apartment is located on the first floor of a stately late 19th-century building on one of the French capital’s most select avenues; its interior had retained the typical Haussmannian style of that period. “You simply can’t content yourself with something so mundane for a princess,” says Jean-Louis. “For people of her rank, you have to create a kind of statement. There has to be a certain allure, a dose of opulence and a touch of theatricality.”
A bright blue abstract artwork combines with a collection of ceramics for a playful yet regal look. Different shades of blue feature throughout the apartment.
Treasured pieces adorn the classical marble fireplace. Jean-Louis was able to curate an eclectic setting through contrasting textures and intriguing artworks.
A classic canopied bed is given an update thanks to the standout choice of fabric, which pops against the room’s neutral hues. The fabulous bathroom features Tiffany blue lacquered walls, an enchanting Tony Duquette rock-crystal chandelier as well as a marble bathtub.
Though there’s an undisputed regal air to the apartment, Jean-Louis also infused whimsy seen in the ersatz stone motif in the foyer painted onto the walls by trompe-oeil artists. In the dining room, the patterned Carrara marble flooring plays off the collage of striped Osborne & Little wallpaper.
The plush guest bedroom is set in salmon and neutral hues. Given its tented ceiling, the designer chose to clad the walls and ceiling in the same geometric wallpaper and furnish the media room with 20th-century vintage pieces resulting in a chic, retro vibe.
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Photography: Stephan Julliard | Tripod