Saint-Germain Hôtel Particulier Interiors by Joseph Dirand
This Hôtel particulier in Saint-Germain-des-Près neighberhood in Paris is one of Joseph Dirand’s last projects. After Monsieur Bleu and Le Flandrin restaurants, he renovated this upscale townhouse according to his clean and modern aesthetics.
The apartment itself is 350m² large with a 250m² terrace, which is unusual in densely populated Paris. Dirand decided to keep and restore the Belle Epoque elements like panelling, ornate mouldings and the marbles.
I didn’t want to produce any style effects, but rather I wanted to give back what the space had lost since its heyday
Dirand’s signature palette of black, white, grey and gold matches perfectly the decorative Belle Epoque or Neoclassical eras spirit of the place. The architect also focused on the light with traditional floor-to-ceiling French doors allowing outside light to flood the home while ensuring the unencumbered space feels airy and fluid.
What really matters to me, a lot more than the interior, is light. Light is what makes architecture alive. Wherever I go, especially my studio, my apartment, the places I used to live, I have to see the sky!
All the lighting elements are from nearby Saint Germain Design hub, Galerie Kreo; a Gino Sarfatti chandelier, a desk lamp by Bruno Gatta, and an oversized ‘Bells’ by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec in the living room. There’s also an Eric Scmitt’s bronze Fingi suspension lighting in the kitchen.
There’s a number of modernist design icons in every room like the Office armchairs by Pierre Jeanneret or the Elda de Joe Colombo armchair. However the most striking piece is Oscar Niemeyer’s seat situated in the bathroom against a romantic backdrop of plants outside on the terrace.
Joseph Dirand is an award winning architect and interior designer. Dirand’s ability to infuse light and space into his work has meant he has been commissioned by a range of fashion houses and designers, including Chloe, Pucci, Balmain, Rick Owens and Alexander Wang and restaurants like Monsieur Bleu and le Flandrin.
His career really started in 1999, when the young recently graduated architect, Joseph Dirand, founded his agency. He was twenty-five years old. At the beginning he worked on very small projects, the work for the two hotels build for the Mexican “Hotel Group Habita”, was a sort of introduction for him to the hospitality business and they won him the “Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010” for “The Best New Hotel 2010”, “The Best Conceptual Design Hotel 2009” by IRHA (International Restaurant and Hotel Award) and by “Architectural Digest” the “Icons of Design Award” for the “Hotel Habita Monterrey”.
Since then, his studio expanded to a team of 10 architects and rapidly become well known for its established vision of interior architecture. The agency carried out projects in France and abroad, notably in New York, London, Mexico, Cairo, Tel Aviv, Beirut, and Tokyo.
Photos courtesy of © Adrien Dirand / AD France