Ed is a movie producer who fell for Paris on a college year abroad and has been traveling between Southern California and France ever since (he rents the pied-à-terre when he's out of town). An enthusiastic antiques hunter and art collector, Ed is a fixture at the Clingancourt flea market and carts back paintings and furniture from wherever his work or travels take him. His apartment includes a Pierre Frey sofa, 1960s Italian metal and leather dining room chairs bought in the south of France, rugs from Casa Lopez in the Galerie Vivienne, new '30s-style twin lamps on the fireplace mantel from the BHV, paintings from China and Santa Fe, and Martha Stewart towels. "Nothing Louis," he says, adding that he appreciates comfort as well as history. "You ask yourself, 'Do I want to have six Louis XV chairs around my dining table?' You don’t want to sit at that dinner table for 10 hours."
Ed says that it seems natural to mix styles in his Parisian apartment, pointing out that many French homes naturally include centuries worth of design history in a single space, something that would seem more contrived in a new building in Southern California. "This building was built in the 1880s," Ed says, "so right there you're almost given the sort of leeway to put in almost anything from when the building was built all the way up until today. I like the fact that you have a broader base to be able to decorate from."