The Paris apartment of Pierre Passebon can be described as an artsy, colorful stylish home. The French antiquaire’s flat has an endless number of waxed-paper window shades in a memorable sea-green, in a reference to an aquarium. What’s more, some of his greatest catches are on view here, in a heady combination of art and antiques he humbly characterizes as “a rich mix of civilizations”. The residence went under renovations done in collaboration with Jacques Grange. Take a look inside this amazing home and get your own interior design ideas.
His home is in a five-story 1826 building that manages to feel quiet despite its location on a lively street in the center of the 1st arrondissement. Passebon found the retreat through his friend Robert Capia, an expert in antique dolls. The apartment serves as a second residence for Passebon, who otherwise lives in the nearby Palais-Royal with his longtime partner, Jacques Grange, the esteemed French interior designer.
Renovations took a year and were done in collaboration with Grange, his in-house decorator. Passebon describes their project as “a pleasure from beginning to end.” The apartment was made up of a series of small rooms and narrow corridors. Before starting on its decoration, the pair decided to take down most of the interior walls to arrive at a lighter and more fluid space.
Passebon delights in telling the tale behind every objet d’art in his home. The pale walls have subtle tints of what he calls “mineral colors” to bring warmth to the space. Now that this adventure in decoration is complete, Passebon feels he and Grange have accomplished their principal aim — “to balance the styles and keep the harmony,” he says. “The mix is what makes it interesting. It leads to a vibe and to emotion.”