Article: Senem Peace / Photographs: Mathieu Fiol

“I am neither architect, neither decorator, nor a real-estate professional” says Gérard Faivre, who transforms properties as ready-to-live works of art, whilst keeping the historical essence. He believes that there have to be an harmony in between the history of the buiding, the location, and the former owners of the property.

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Gérard Faivre doesn’t work for a client, as it usually happens in decoration business. He proposes a finished product, all ready in its smallest details, where one can move in within 24 hours. He presents a global vision with his own signature. Comfort, luxury and originality are the keywords of his projects and he named his concept transforming Paris apartments and properties as “Art Homes”. Rue Bonaparte is one of the last projects he finished.



This apartment on Rue Bonaparte is full of history. The area where it lays is the birthplace of the French Revolution, and the heart of French Literary creations. Its construction is dating back to 1880- the major restructuring of Paris led by Napoleon III and directed by Baron Haussmann. The 170m² apartment consists of a hallway opening into the fireplace lounge and dining area, a library, two suites with private bathrooms including a Turkish Bath (Hammam), kitchen, laundry room and cellar.

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The vintage look and powerful colours are the first impressions of the spaces. Oranges, greens, blues and also the shades of gold evokes wealth and luxury fulfils the textures and materials. Tint faded original mirrors, original doors and fireplace, the woodwork of enterance keeping its traditional origins from the 19th century are all recalling the history, and the contemporary furnitures, such as custom designed bookshelves reflect these original pieces.

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Windows opening to picturesque Place Saint-Germain invites the charm of Parisian life to interiors. Its all relaxing, elegant, and so French…

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