An eclectic Parisian apartment
The 17th century apartment of fashionista turned interior designer, Josephine Gintzburger, embodies her penchant for “contrasts between clean, modern lines, and softer antique and vintage elements.” Located in the beating heart of Paris, near Les Halles, it’s a stunning marriage of old and new.
Josephine’s apartment was recently featured on the cover of Living etc, which is where I came across it. And while my tastes have been gravitating towards darker walls, I could not help but fall in love with the vibrancy of Josephine’s home.
What is that I love about it? The eclectic mix of vintage, antique, brand new, mass produced, kitsch and industrial. Original architectural detailing sits comfortably beside contemporary HD photographs, iconic pieces of mid-century furniture are placed next to mass-produced contemporary pieces: in the TV room the sofa is constructed of an Ikea frame and covered in cashmere flannel.
This joy of mixing things up is beautifully demonstrated in the kitchen in which worn original 3103 Arne Jacobsen chairs surround an industrial dissecting table above which hangs an antique crystal Empire chandelier which once belonged to Josephine’s grandmother. Stainless steel open shelving displays dainty tea-sets and delicate crystal. A red Arteluce wall light, kitsch Ettore Sottsass white-framed mirror and watercolour by famed fashion illustrator Rene Gruau give an otherwise functional room a sense of fun, intimacy and interest.
The bathroom is a similar mix of functional and quirky with its concrete shell, retro chandelier, mirrors and cupboard which date from the 1820s contrasting with the Alexander Timtschenko HD photograph.
Although, I do think that dark walls would make this already gorgeous place even better. What do you think?