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The French dispatch

All photos by Xavier Béjot

“In the way they dress or decorate their homes, the French have an innate ability to create an intoxicating mix of finesse and quiet swank,” says the New York–born, Paris-based David Jimenez, whose design for this Right Bank apartment pays beautiful tribute to Gallic savoir vivre. Pairing certified classics (a camel leather Louis XV fauteuil from Yveline Antiques, a Maison Jansen coffee table, a parchment screen) with a gallery-style installation of drawings and sculpture, Jimenez evokes the cerebral glamour of Yves Saint Laurent, whose former fashion atelier is just a few blocks away. And his ball-gown-style drapery treatment? Vintage Yves, he says: “I found a local seamstress to create the voluminous pleated burlap (known as toile de jute) curtains, which create a romantic backdrop to the living room.”

Home is where you feel good, protected and where you can express yourself freely. One of my biggest pleasures is helping someone create a home tailored and made to measure to their own way of living, their tastes and preferences.”
— David Jimenez

Designer Picks

Modern Drama White Bouclé Pouf Sofa, New
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Modern Drama White Bouclé Pouf Sofa, New

“The sculptural lines of this sofa could blend seamlessly into almost any space, and the Italian wool bouclé fabric adds distinctive texture.”

Pair of Parchment-Covered 3-Panel Folding Screens, Contemporary, Offered by 2220 Antiques
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Pair of Parchment-Covered 3-Panel Folding Screens, Contemporary, Offered by 2220 Antiques

“This pair of parchment-covered screens reminds me of Jean-Michel Frank’s sumptuous interiors.”

A. Verneuil Etched-Bronze Coffee Table, 1960s, Offered by Nate Berkus
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A. Verneuil Etched-Bronze Coffee Table, 1960s, Offered by Nate Berkus

The intricate etching on this nineteen-sixties French coffee table gives it real presence.”

Jacques Nestle, Black and White Abstract Painting, Late 20th Century, Offered by Townhouse by Robert Brown
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Jacques Nestle, Black and White Abstract Painting, Late 20th Century, Offered by Townhouse by Robert Brown

A happy surprise to find a favorite artist on 1stDibs! Jacques Nestle’s abstracts are soulful and always fresh.”

Bronze Abstract Sculpture Attributed to Alicia Penalba on Black Marble Mount, 1950s, Offered by Pavilion Antiques
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Bronze Abstract Sculpture Attributed to Alicia Penalba on Black Marble Mount, 1950s, Offered by Pavilion Antiques

I love the lines and patina of this French bronze. It would make a striking focal point on a pedestal, console or bar.”

Jean Claude Mahey for Romeo Black-Lacquer Display Stand, 1970s, Offered by inside-room
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Jean Claude Mahey for Romeo Black-Lacquer Display Stand, 1970s, Offered by inside-room

“There is something very chic about the simplicity and contrast of the black lacquer and brass in this French nineteen-seventies pedestal.” 

X-Frame Bench in the Style of Raymond Subes, 20th Century, Offered by Thomas Gallery Ltd
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X-Frame Bench in the Style of Raymond Subes, 20th Century, Offered by Thomas Gallery Ltd

“This smart-looking stool would be a useful addition to a living room or library. It can be piled with books next to a coffee table and easily double as extra seating for guests.” 

Murano Glass Wall Mirror, New, Offered by Valerie Wade
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Murano Glass Wall Mirror, New, Offered by Valerie Wade

“The champagne-color Murano glass detail in this Italian mirror is a showstopper. The option to have it produced in a bespoke size opens tons of possibilities for placement — over a fireplace, in an entry or in a dining room of any size.” 

Studio Glustin Round Brass and Onyx Stools, New
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Studio Glustin Round Brass and Onyx Stools, New

“The onyx tops of these stools add a great color and character.” 

Stilnovo 12-Globe Chandelier, 2010s, Offered by Makassar
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Stilnovo 12-Globe Chandelier, 2010s, Offered by Makassar

“This brass and opaline-glass chandelier would be a captivating addition to a modern or classic room. The adjustable height makes it easy to position over a dining table or entry console.”

Tommaso Barbi Goatskin Box, 1970s, Offered by iMadons Design
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Tommaso Barbi Goatskin Box, 1970s, Offered by iMadons Design

“I’ve always admired Tomasso Barbi’s sculptural leaf-shaped lamps. This is the first time I’ve seen a box by him. Love the lines and materials!”

Christian Dior Tortoiseshell-Effect Lucite and Brass Bowl, 1970s, Offered by iMadons Design
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Christian Dior Tortoiseshell-Effect Lucite and Brass Bowl, 1970s, Offered by iMadons Design

”This stylish bowl could be beautiful on a coffee table or bar.”

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"Homanaje a Picasso," 1972, by Eduardo Chillada, Offered by GALERIE BOISSERÉE

Homenaje a Picasso would look fantastic as part of a gallery wall or hanging on the front edge of a bookcase in a library or media room.”

Charcoal Drawing of Nude Female Statue, 1900, Unknown Artist, Offered by The Benjaman Gallery
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Charcoal Drawing of Nude Female Statue, 1900, Unknown Artist, Offered by The Benjaman Gallery

“Casually leaning over a large mirror on a console or bar, this framed charcoal is a timeless addition to any room.”

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