Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 25 April 2019

Bid online for an 2,928-square-foot art home in Paris - in pictures

A stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe, 74 Avenue Marceau is a prime example of architect Gérard Faivre’s artistic residences

Recognised as one of the world’s leading contemporary interior designers, Gérard Faivre describes his art-home projects as never-lived-in-before residences that boast unique interiors that double as pieces of art. The homes are fully decked-out, down to the linen closets, and are designed to offer international buyers a hassle-free experience. It helps that they come with a private concierge service and year-round caretaker.

The contents of 74 Avenue Marceau are valued at €235,000 (almost Dh1 million). The 19th-century property takes up the third floor of a traditional stone Haussmann building. It is a three-minute walk from Place de l’Etoile and the Arc de Triomphe, landmark sites within Paris’s Golden Triangle, and is on the same street as the Yves Saint Laurent museum.

The 2,928-square-foot apartment has three bedrooms and four bathrooms, and comes with parquet flooring, ceiling cornicing, marble fireplaces and wood panelling. Faivre has filled the apartment with curated paintings and sculptures, and added Arabian elements in the form of a mashrabiya window. “The mashrabiya creates an intimate atmosphere through the discretion of seeing without being seen,” he says. “The window’s intricate meshwork filters light, which decorates the interiors with poetic shadows, while the Etch suspension lights, by Tom Dixon, project enchanting shadows on to the ceiling.”

The main lounge features grey and blue interiors and mirrored walls to best bring out the effect of the Melt suspension lights. When switched off, they are mirror-like; when switched on, they become transparent. The aim was to bring to mind the vastness of the sky.

Initially listed for €7.3 million, the property will go up for sale through Concierge Auctions on December 17, with a starting price of €5.85m, at 7pm UAE time.

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