Jean-Christophe Aumas’ multihued Paris apartment houses both the highly sought artistic director and the stunning assemblage of art and furniture he’s brought back from his travels. A vintage 1950s credenza discovered in Paris supports three works by Aumas and two Sol LeWitt–inspired cubes used in one of his window displays. The dark paint is from Dulux Valentine, and Aumas found the photographer’s lamp at a Brussels flea market to better shed light on his artwork.
Another Belgian gallery/home, this time a mansion in Brussels mansion, is the purview of two design experts curating their fantasy house. For the living room, the residents commissioned the overhead light from designers Sylvain Willenz and Hubert Verstraeten. “The use of red billiard ball references Charles and Ray Eames’s Hang-It-All coat rack,” says Smith. The wall-hung light is by the contemporary São Paulo–based designers Luciana Martins and Gerson de Oliveira. The rug is a Moroccan patchwork from the 1960s; the teak-and-leather Kilin chair is by Sergio Rodrigues; and the cane-backed sofa is a student daybed designed by Hans Wegner for Getama in the 1950s.
In Toronto, painter Kent Monkman created an airy artistic haven with both working and living quarters for a more balanced and polished picture. Inside, white paint lightens up the middle of the building. A vintage Danish dining set and Cloud pendants by Frank Gehry for Vitra define the dining area. Photo by Matthew Williams.