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Blue Monday

by habituallychic

11 . 22 . 10
While researching another story, I came across this beautiful apartment in Paris designed by Chahan Minassian.  It was also published in the September 2010 issue of French Architectural Digest.  From what I could glean from the article without pulling out the French/English dictionary, the pied-a-terre was designed for a couple who’s primary residence is in Beverly Hills, CA.  There is an Italian fantasy theme full of mercury mirrors and pale blues, grays, and greens.  There is something about this apartment that reminds me of a more ornate version of a David Collins design.  Chahan Minassian is not only an interior designer but also a gallery owner and antiques dealer in Paris at 7 rue de Lille.  Wish I had known this when I was in Paris but I look forward to visiting him on my next trip.
The dining room, salon, and petit salon are connected by an enfilade so the colors must flow from room to room.

Although it’s not credited, that looks like a Kelly Wearstler designed rug from The Rug Company.
Beautiful objet d’art on the mantle.
Another view of the salon.

I love the contrast of the abstract painting and the antique furniture. 

Another view of the petit salon from the designers portfolio.  The painting might have been brought in specially for the magazine photo shoot.

I love the mercury mirror tiles on the walls of the dining room.  I can imagine that the room must glow when lit by candles for dinner.
Another view of the dining room.
I think this might be the dressing room.

While the apartment is decorated in pale colors, it is full of subtle patterns and textures such as the fabric on the bed rails.
Mercury mirrors were also used in the bath which can expand the size of a small room.  The owners of this apartment are one very lucky couple.  C’est magnifique!
Photos by Jerome Gallard

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  1. I Dream Of November 22, 2010 | 3:32 pm

    Oh wow! Heather, this is beautiful. I am always dreaming of a Paris apartment. The perfect post to drive away the Monday blues. Thank you!

  2. Karena November 22, 2010 | 3:40 pm

    My dream come true as well, the blues, the mercury glass. The art is fabulous!!


    Art by Karena

  3. Alice Olive November 22, 2010 | 4:02 pm

    This is stunning. Elegant. Thank you for sharing.

  4. ArchitectDesign™ November 22, 2010 | 4:09 pm

    That is my dream dining room!

  5. Maria November 22, 2010 | 4:51 pm

    The Mercury mirrors in the bath are amazing…


  6. Luciane From HomeBunch.com November 22, 2010 | 4:53 pm

    I usually love your posts, and that’s why I keep coming back, but this one it’s a BIG WOW!!!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  7. AdoreVintage.com November 22, 2010 | 8:36 pm

    The bathroom is amazing! Before even reading the text I instantly thought this is an apartment in Paris, where else could it be? LOL.

  8. mydesignchic November 22, 2010 | 9:07 pm

    Love, love antiqued mirrors…beautiful!!

  9. stacystyle November 22, 2010 | 11:15 pm

    Chilly! Absolutely frozen looking with all those blues and silvers. Love! Aren’t international magazines just a trove of new material and ideas?

  10. Suzy November 23, 2010 | 12:53 am

    I fell in love with that apartment when I saw it in the French AD…its so dreamy!

  11. Reggie Darling November 23, 2010 | 11:50 am

    I agree with stacystyle: chilly! But chilled to perfection. Home to the Ice Queen in all her regal, frozen beauty. Thanks for posting this.

  12. Mr. Goodwill Hunting November 23, 2010 | 11:55 am

    What an amazing color combination. So wintry.


  13. I. Ysabel Fiedler November 23, 2010 | 12:37 pm

    Dear Heather, so glad that NEW YORK is discovering CHAHAN, too. He had an amazing show here in Paris in last September

    When you come to Paris the next time, I do cordially invite you to visit my gallery “Galerie Berès” at 25 quai Voltaire as well !! Your fascinated reader and art historian Ingrid Ysabel