Champeau and Wilde are an iconic partnering both professionally and on their private lives. Since launching their own design studio back in 2011, the top designers have been working on luxury homes in both France (home of Champeau, a French-British architect and designer) and the US (home of Wilde, an American art historian and interior designer). This time, it was precisely a Parisian apartment that caught our eye, for it’s stylish and modern design approach, to the fact that it’s still able to be dog-friendly too!
Discover how Champeau and Wilde’s signature style is exemplified in their recently completed new home, a two-bedroom apartment in the culturally vibrant Nouvelle Athènes district in Paris.
The 1,600 sqft property hadn’t been altered since 1956, but Champeau and Wilde were particularly impressed with its full-length balcony and the light and space distribution. They spent nine months renovating and furnishing the space to transform it into their dream home.
They retained the classical aesthetics of the original space but reconfigured the layout so the interiors resemble a large loft while reflecting elements of a hallmark French period home. The new floor plan enabled more expansive living and dining spaces with room for a double-hearth fireplace.
The couple preserved and restored the original hardwood floors, ceiling mouldings, doors and jambs in the dining room, and the marble fireplace in the living room. The original floors were stained in a more contemporary chocolate colour, and the walls were painted a subtle, creamy white to update the classical architectural details. The entryway was furnished with Portuguese stone flooring and a vintage wall lamp. The living room, dining room, kitchen and master bedroom form an enfilade—a suite of rooms formally aligned with each other, which were a common feature of grand European houses from the Baroque period onwards.
Most of the furniture was sourced from Galerie XX, a store in Los Angeles that specialises in 20th-century decorative arts and furniture, or the Les Puces de Saint-Ouen flea market in Paris. Some of the items are contemporary, while others are pre-owned vintage pieces.
Notable pieces in the living room include a mixture of design elements from different eras such as the Roche Bobois lacquer coffee tables from the 1970s, a ’50s antique gilt ironwork table, a late 19th-century Austrian antique chair upholstered in Veraseta silk-velvet leopard print fabric, and a Maison Dutruc Rosset floor lamp with a pleated silk shade from the 1990s.
As a nod to the dining room’s original gothic theme, Champeau and Wilde incorporated dragon-detailed handles on the windows in this space. They also included an illuminated bookcase, a mid-century dining table with a Saint-Gobain glass top, and Warren Platner-designed Knoll chairs to give the dining space a touch of sultry glamour. Lacquer cabinets with Remy Garnier decorative hardware, Danish vintage pendant lights, and geometric print curtain fabric were used in the kitchen.
In the master bedroom is a headboard and nightstand designed by Champeau and Wilde, a velvet side chair that’s a 1980s prototype from Liaigre, and a metal sun sculpture by artisan metalwork brand Curtis Jere. Wilde used mirrors to enlarge and brighten the rooms and to create a sense of symmetry throughout. She enhanced the diverse furniture styles with antique pieces, flea market finds, metalwork, artworks, as well as custom-made pieces.
“A home should be a place to live; not a cold space or an art gallery,” says Wilde. “It should be a well-designed, inviting and discretely luxurious place where one feels comfortable living and entertaining.”
Do you agree when we say that Champeau and Wilde succeeded in bringing this philosophy to life in their Parisian abode?