Today’s article will let you explore an extra creative Paris Apartment, home to a brave art collector where imagination commands. Working side-by-side with architect Benoit Dupuis, designer Cathy Vedovi raised a creative and bold flair in this artsy and contemporary Paris apartment.
Although Cathy Vedovi was never formally trained to be an interior designer, she has been connected with creative arts her whole life, since her father was a Paris dealer of Impressionist and 20th-century art. The designer studied fashion design in LA, and then she met her husband, Paolo Vedovi, who owns a Brussels gallery, specializing in modern and contemporary artworks. Her love for interior design arose in 2005 when she and her husband obtained an 18th-century house in Brussels that had been renovated for previous owners to minimalist perfection by architect Vincent Van Duysen. The rustic-refined aesthetic was the main inspiration for her.
This amazing interior design project is her first commission in the world of interior design and appeared when a collector saw her advice on what to do with the 3,875-square-foot space in an Art Deco building. For the revival of this Paris apartment, she took a host of design ideas and worked together with an architect friend, Benoit Dupuis, the creator of boutiques for Christian Louboutin. The art collector offered them the job and gave them carte blanche. The result is an impressive Paris apartment, where modern art meets a creative aesthetic.
With carte Blanche, the designer and the architect were allowed to unleash a bold approach to the interiors without going overboard. Straight in the entrance, guests are welcomed into an art and creativity wonderland, as it boasts a razzle-dazzle sunburst pattern of black and white marble for the flooring. Its symmetrical elegance leads the eye to walls exhibiting abstract paintings by Damien Hirst and Hans Hartung and a conceptual work by Pamela Rosenkranz.
Cathy Vedovi’s selection of furnishings, mix flea market finds, and singular vintage pieces with tailored custom designs, and ends up reflecting her vivacious spirit and confident, lifelong sense of style. For her, the art must be the star of the decor.
I don’t do projects unless there is art. Otherwise, I don’t have anything to hang on to.Cathy Vedovi
The client had three requests: he owns a trio of huge, multi-paneled Takashi Murakami paintings, and the walls needed to be expansive and sturdy enough to handle them. Dupuis’s solution for the largest of the three, a work that steals the show in the living room, was to set it within a niche so that the architecture frames the art.
The apartment doesn’t have long views. The paintings create a landscape and give a sense of perspective.Benoit Dupuis
Murakami’s wildly imaginative, color-splotched works also served as a launching pad for Vedovi’s design plan. In the dining room, another of his striking works takes place, and in the sprawling living room, beneath Murakami’s painting of a toothy monster, Vedovi installed a wall-length banquette that is joined by vintage Jules Leleu armchairs and 1960s cocktail tables by ceramist Roger Capron.
Most of those acquisitions pay homage to the apartment’s original designer. A vintage Jansen carved-wood table and lacquer-and-brass lamps by the firm spruce up the primary bedroom, where the third wall-spanning Murakami presides. On inauguration day, when every element came together, the first item to emerge from the moving van was a foam-filled, canvas-wrapped sculpture by Nathalie Djurberg.