A Perfume Magnate Renovates a House With a Murky Past Outside Paris

A Perfume Magnate Renovates a House With a Murky Past Outside Paris

The 1960s building is a concrete masterpiece—but who really designed it?

Half an hour from Paris, Marc Chaya’s house in Chailly-en-Bière is a world away. Its clean white curves and corners seem to float in a flat wooded park on the edge of the vast Fontainebleau forest. It gleams placidly, a world away, too, from the plowed-over fields down the road, where a few remnant heads of lettuce lie forlornly, like guillotined kings. It also bears no resemblance whatsoever to its neighbors, French McMansions of the faux-Norman style. 

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