A Mid-Century Furniture Dealer’s Paris Apartment Is Full of Fabulous Finds

published Aug 12, 2022
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A Mid-Century Furniture Dealer’s Paris Apartment Is Full of Fabulous Finds

published Aug 12, 2022
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Name: Fabien Eleb, Delphine Cinier, daughter Ella, and two older daughters who live here part-time
Location: 11th arrondissement of Paris, France
Type of Home: Apartment in an old industrial building
Years Lived In: 6 years, renting

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Fabien Eleb is a mid-century furniture dealer who runs the store, à demain, and rents this apartment in an old industrial building rebuilt in 2006. The three-bedroom apartment is tucked away on a quiet street, and he shares the space with his documentarian wife and their daughter. The space maintains a neutral color palette, with some pops of primary colors⁠ — it’s restrained and stylish. It shies away from trends. There’s a floor-to-ceiling collection of books and a charming courtyard in the center, bringing natural light throughout. 

“When I decided to live together with my girlfriend, a few days later I received an alert with this apartment for rent,” begins Fabien. “The pictures were very nice and it had all we were looking for. We called the next day at 8:30 a.m. and we were already 29th on the list to visit it! Fortunately we had a good contact with the owner, and a few days later, he called us back telling us we were in the final three and asked us why it should be us. We told him we loved the place and that our love would grow more and more in that place. And we got it! It was six years ago and our love has grown and gave birth to a little girl that is four and a half now!”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Quiet, peaceful, and restful

Inspiration: Second half of the 20th century furniture with a special focus on the 1970s

Favorite Element: What I like about this place is its transparency — from anywhere you can see the outside. It has an in/out feeling with the patio that I really like.

Biggest Indulgence: As it is, in large part, a kind of open space, it sometimes lacks some privacy.

Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? The light is just great during the day, and as it is at the end of a dead end, it’s really quiet and peaceful. It’s a kind of a safe heaven in the middle of a big city. When you come home you forget about the stress of the city life.

What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? As a furniture dealer, things come and go from time to time and only the ones I really like remain. I actually love the Gilda Sofa by Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset (1972) and we have the credenza by Raymond Loewy for DF2000 (1967)

Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: We have a room off the patio that is both a workspace for me and a room for my eldest daughter when she comes or when friends come to Paris for a few days.

Resources

  • Unless otherwise indicated, all vintage furniture come from à demain

LIVING ROOM

  • Gilda Sofa by Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset (1972)
  • Marble coffee table Série 020 by Kho Liang Le for Artifort (1950s)
  • Bookshelf Royal System by Poul Cadovius (1948)
  • Bookshelf Krossing by Roberto de Sabato for Kriptonite — Available from Conran Shop

DINING ROOM

  • Tulip Armchairs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll (1958)
  • Tulip table by Raymond Loewy for DF2000 (1960s)
  • Portrait of Sophia Loren by Chiara Samugheo

BEDROOM

  • Sideboard by Raymond Loewy for DF2000 (1967)
  • Vase-Lamp model LT 226 in Murano glass by Carlo Nason for Mazzega (1960s)

Thanks Fabien and Delphine!

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