Emmanuel de Bayser is a well-known art and design lover and has his own design stores in Berlin. His 19th-century Paris apartment is a perfect reflection of his passions and his talent for interior design.
In his second home in Paris – he alternates between the French capital and Berlin – De Bayser brought together beautiful pieces by iconic designers such as Jean Prouvé, George Jouve and Jean Royère. The art curator – like us – was immediately in love with this 180m2 apartment. "It is not a typical 19th-century interior where a lot of space is often lost," he said in an earlier interview. "The layout was perfect. There are no corridors and when you open all the doors, it feels more like a loft." The Bayser didn't have to change much. He did convert the kitchen and used a dramatically veined Italian marble, Violet Brenche, to create a strong graphic effect. Pierre Jeanneret's chairs and Francesco Balzano's travertine table are a nice addition.
Not all spaces are as dramatic as the kitchen and dining area, for some rooms, De Bayser opted for a more neutral look. "If there is too much colour in an apartment, I would soon get tired of it," he says. That's why all the walls were painted white or cream and he applied subtle colour with decoration and art.
De Bayser mixed stunning pieces by iconic designers like Jean Prouvé, George Jouve and Jean Royère.
De Bayser is a big fan of decorative art from the fifties and sixties and especially of pieces by French masters such as Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand and Jean Royère. "I particularly like the architectural and sculptural qualities of their work." In his bedroom we find some of those masterful designers such as an iconic chair by Jean Prouvé at a bronze table by Philippe Anthonioz. The whole space is nicely complemented with ceramics by Georges Jouve, the golden sculptures by Lucio Fontana and Jannis Kounellis' painting.
In the dining room too, De Bayser chose chairs by Prouvé together with a shelf by Charlotte Perriand and a colourful painting by Olivier Mosset. Moving on to the seating area, we arrive at a cosy atmosphere where the design fanatic used more classical decorative elements such as a vintage Serge Roche floor lamp. The retro sofa and armchairs are by Pierre Jeanneret just like the sideboard. The serene space gets a touch of colour thanks to the striped painting by Daniel Buren. In addition to colour and iconic furniture, De Bayser likes to use figurative sculptures to make a statement in his interior. And Francois-Xavier Lalanne's sheep sculptures in the seating area certainly make a statement and make the space feel more human and playful.
In every room of this beautiful apartment you will discover iconic furniture, colourful works of art and playful details and decorative pieces. A real paradise for an art and design lover!
Images: Kasia Gatkowska