The room feels like an art gallery. Emmanuel Perrotin is the owner of contemporary art galleries in six cities around the world including Roppongi, Tokyo, and lives in this space full of contemporary art.
Paola Pivi’s polar bear with its sprouting blue feathers, appearing to be jumping onto the mezzanine, might startle his international guests in the room with its 5meter high ceiling. Works by his gallery artists such as Maurizio Cattelan, Hernan Bas, Mr. and Elmgreen & Dragset are also installed throughout the room. It is the perfect model of integrating art into a living space. Going up the skeletal stairs in front of the custom ordered wooden bookshelves lies a more relaxing second living room.
Perrotin moved into this 17th century former aristocratic residence seven years ago and lives with his partner Lorena Vergani and his children. The 300㎡ building is designated as a historic building in Paris. Contrary to its masonry exterior, he furnishes his living room with midcentury modern furniture designed by esteemed American designers like Vladimir Kagan and Paul Evans.
“Many art collectors decorate their houses with French or contemporary furniture. I thought it would be interesting for a French person like me to bring American vintage furniture to Paris. But I see more and more clients starting to choose vintage furniture, so I might redo my décor in a more contemporary style in the future,” says Perrotin. He likes to be different.
For the terrazzo flooring, he brought in an artisan from Italy when renovating the house. Mixing chips of red, white and black marble with a cementitious binder, the flooring matches well with the white walls and gives a modern feeling to the room. Perrotin’s favorite spot in the room is the Frank Lloyd Wright armchair …continue reading