A Furniture Collector's Renovated Flat in Paris

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May 30, 2013
Originally published in The Furniture Issue
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Collector's Edition
Jean-Christophe Aumas’ multihued Paris apartment houses both the highly sought artistic director and the stunning assemblage of furniture he’s brought back from his travels.
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  While Aumas designed the gilded table, Warren Platner gets credit for the vintage lounge chair for Knoll.

    While Aumas designed the gilded table, Warren Platner gets credit for the vintage lounge chair for Knoll.

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  Aumas reads on a vintage Swan sofa by Arne Jacobsen. The teal side table is from a Berlin flea market; the walnut stool by Charles and Ray Eames is from an antique store in Brussels; Aumas himself made the art on the wall.

    Aumas reads on a vintage Swan sofa by Arne Jacobsen. The teal side table is from a Berlin flea market; the walnut stool by Charles and Ray Eames is from an antique store in Brussels; Aumas himself made the art on the wall.

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  Aumas designed the kitchen island, which is covered in marble tiles from Carrelages du Marais—the geometric floor tiles are from the same place—and strung the matrix of lights up above it. The barstools by Charlotte Perriand were discovered in a vintage store in Antwerp, Belgium. The green wall is covered in paint from Emery & Cie.

    Aumas designed the kitchen island, which is covered in marble tiles from Carrelages du Marais—the geometric floor tiles are from the same place—and strung the matrix of lights up above it. The barstools by Charlotte Perriand were discovered in a vintage store in Antwerp, Belgium. The green wall is covered in paint from Emery & Cie.

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  The aging facade of Aumas’s apartment belies the energy within.

    The aging facade of Aumas’s apartment belies the energy within.

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  Ever the arranger, Aumas makes another vignette in the kitchen amid vintage vases and bowls.

    Ever the arranger, Aumas makes another vignette in the kitchen amid vintage vases and bowls.

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  The Brick screen by Eileen Gray for Aram Designs blocks off a small office from the dining room.

    The Brick screen by Eileen Gray for Aram Designs blocks off a small office from the dining room.

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  The dining room features 1970s leather-and-brass dining chairs and a table concocted from a brass-and-silver base and a custom lacquered top. The cheerful blue paint enlivening the doorway is from Emery & Cie.

    The dining room features 1970s leather-and-brass dining chairs and a table concocted from a brass-and-silver base and a custom lacquered top. The cheerful blue paint enlivening the doorway is from Emery & Cie.

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  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 daybed is an eBay purchase reupholstered in fabric from Kvadrat and the dark paint is from Dulux Valentine. Aumas found the photographer’s lamp at a Brussels flea market.

    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 daybed is an eBay purchase reupholstered in fabric from Kvadrat and the dark paint is from Dulux Valentine. Aumas found the photographer’s lamp at a Brussels flea market.

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  Aumas outfitted a vintage steel-frame sofa by George Nelson in navy blue fabric from Kvadrat and hung one of his own photos just above it. The lamp to the left of the sofa is a 1960s design found at a Lisbon flea market, and to the right of the sofa is a Two-Arms rotating sconce by the mid-century French designer Serge Mouille.

    Aumas outfitted a vintage steel-frame sofa by George Nelson in navy blue fabric from Kvadrat and hung one of his own photos just above it. The lamp to the left of the sofa is a 1960s design found at a Lisbon flea market, and to the right of the sofa is a Two-Arms rotating sconce by the mid-century French designer Serge Mouille.

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  In another one of Aumas' vignettes, he pairs a stuffed fawn from the Parisian store Design et Nature with a disco ball he used in a window display.

    In another one of Aumas' vignettes, he pairs a stuffed fawn from the Parisian store Design et Nature with a disco ball he used in a window display.

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  Vignettes show off what Aumas does best. In this one, he takes advantage of the apartment’s tall windows.

    Vignettes show off what Aumas does best. In this one, he takes advantage of the apartment’s tall windows.

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  Aumas added a few new cement tiles to shore up the kitchen floor.

    Aumas added a few new cement tiles to shore up the kitchen floor.

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