Apartment Decorated by Gaultier

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August 11, 2010

Stepping into the freshly decorated apartment by Jean-Paul Gaultier at Trocadero in Paris, I felt as if I had been transported into a quixotic dream, complete with a choppy journey through a triage of disparate scenes. In a grey area where expression and aesthetic surely override function and utility, it is nevertheless intriguing to experience the continuously blurring boundaries where fashion and architecture meet.

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  Each room embodies a different theme that inspires Gaultier. A nautically-striped jersey fabric is stretched sensually over the first room, which gradually diminishes to a blank white canvas.  Photo by: Tiffany Chu
    Each room embodies a different theme that inspires Gaultier. A nautically-striped jersey fabric is stretched sensually over the first room, which gradually diminishes to a blank white canvas.

    Photo by: Tiffany Chu

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  Although the furniture is still evident, the absence of color renders this blanched corner with a phantom-like, three-dimensional surrealist effect.  Photo by: Tiffany Chu
    Although the furniture is still evident, the absence of color renders this blanched corner with a phantom-like, three-dimensional surrealist effect.

    Photo by: Tiffany Chu

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  "Il s'est glisse sur les murs comme il se love sur les corps...' —the fabric slips off the walls in the same way that it curls around the body.  Photo by: Tiffany Chu
    "Il s'est glisse sur les murs comme il se love sur les corps...' —the fabric slips off the walls in the same way that it curls around the body.

    Photo by: Tiffany Chu

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  Gaultier likens Paris to a jungle in the second room—with an overwhelming amount of ivy, lichen, and other greenery invading all crevices between mirrored structures and furniture.  Photo by: Tiffany Chu
    Gaultier likens Paris to a jungle in the second room—with an overwhelming amount of ivy, lichen, and other greenery invading all crevices between mirrored structures and furniture.

    Photo by: Tiffany Chu

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  According to Gaultier, "My imagination comes from the cinema...I love the idea that nature is capable of trumping concrete."  Photo by: Tiffany Chu
    According to Gaultier, "My imagination comes from the cinema...I love the idea that nature is capable of trumping concrete."

    Photo by: Tiffany Chu

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  Gaultier's third chamber is reminiscent of his classic feminine themes manifested in corset, lace, and powdered pinks sliced with daring accents of black.  Photo by: Tiffany Chu
    Gaultier's third chamber is reminiscent of his classic feminine themes manifested in corset, lace, and powdered pinks sliced with daring accents of black.

    Photo by: Tiffany Chu

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  In a 2,700-square-foot apartment previously owned by French architect Jacques Carlu, Gaultier is the third fashion designer In a 2,700-square-foot apartment previously owned by French architect Jacques Carlu, Gaultier is the third fashion designer given the opportunity to re-envision it. Jacques Carlu was the architect of the Palais de Chaillot in the 1930s, across from the Eiffel Tower, where the Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine and a slew of other museums now occupy.  Before Gaultier, the apartment had been transformed into a classy white party by Martin Margiela in 2009 and a Baroque wonderland by Christian Lacroix in 2008.  Photo by: Tiffany Chu
    In a 2,700-square-foot apartment previously owned by French architect Jacques Carlu, Gaultier is the third fashion designer In a 2,700-square-foot apartment previously owned by French architect Jacques Carlu, Gaultier is the third fashion designer given the opportunity to re-envision it. Jacques Carlu was the architect of the Palais de Chaillot in the 1930s, across from the Eiffel Tower, where the Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine and a slew of other museums now occupy.  Before Gaultier, the apartment had been transformed into a classy white party by Martin Margiela in 2009 and a Baroque wonderland by Christian Lacroix in 2008.

    Photo by: Tiffany Chu

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  On the terrace of the apartment, Gaultier lays out a game of reflections with mirrors, "of course, our everyday companions."  Photo by: Tiffany Chu
    On the terrace of the apartment, Gaultier lays out a game of reflections with mirrors, "of course, our everyday companions."

    Photo by: Tiffany Chu

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  In collaboration with Roche Bobois and French Elle Decoration, Gaultier's showcase of this suite seems like a perfectly timed gateway between two realms of design. Word on the street is that fashion's enfant terrible will be launching a home furnishings line in the near future.  Photo by: Tiffany Chu
    In collaboration with Roche Bobois and French Elle Decoration, Gaultier's showcase of this suite seems like a perfectly timed gateway between two realms of design. Word on the street is that fashion's enfant terrible will be launching a home furnishings line in the near future.

    Photo by: Tiffany Chu

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