Journalist Ian Phillips' space is all about the view. And why wouldn't it be? From the seventh floor apartment of the historic Art Nouveau building in which he lives in Paris, he can see the the Sacre-Coer, the Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais, Invalides, and the Eiffel Tower. It's a vista to be envied for sure, and Ian was determined that, when it came to the interiors, nothing would take away from the view.
The building itself was designed by Paul Auscher in 1904, and is notable in its use of reinforced concrete in the construction of the department store housed at the ground level. Originally Felix Potin (the first-ever gourmet department store), the first two levels of the building are now occupied by Zara.
On the interior, Phillips took his inspiration from the muted hues of the Paris skyline, employing whites, pale blues and greys in modern forms that act as the perfect backdrop to the panorama that unfolds beyond the glass. Long a fan of twentieth-century American design, Ian purchased many of the pieces used throughout the space in the United States.
1. In a quintessential example of Art Nouveau flourish, the corner tower outside Phillips' bedroom window features a dedication to its previous tenant, gourmet grocer Felix Potin.
2. A stunning stainless-steel coffee table by French designer Damien Langlois-Meurinne sits atop a white goatskin rug in the living room. The concrete side table is by William Earle, and the painting above the Saarinen dining table in the background is by New York artist Nancy Lorenz.
3. The soft, neutral palette in the bedroom lets the view do all the talking. The wall sculpture by Curtis Jeré was purchased in Connecticut, and the bedside tables are from Los Angeles.
Images: Sköna Hem | Stephan Julliard