Best Modern Hotspots in Paris

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Rounding up our favorite apartments, designers, itineraries, and sites to see in Paris, the French capital of culture.

Modern home with Living Room and Chair. The Dimanches relax in their exotic living room. Photo  of Best Modern Hotspots in ParisView Photos

1. Renowned horticulturalist and green wall designer Patrick Blanc created a 20' x 23' vertical garden for his friends, the Dimanche family, in their Left Bank apartment.

Modern home with Living Room, Console Tables, Lamps, Floor Lighting, and Light Hardwood Floor. 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. Photo  of Best Modern Hotspots in ParisView Photos

2. Stylist Jean-Christophe Aumas's flat is an example in curating and arranging. 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.

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, and Chair. In 2006, Claus—director of Claus en Kaan Architecten, one of the Netherlands’ top architectural practices—finally got inside Perret’s apartment. He was duly impressed. “It’s the sheer abundance with which limited materials are used here that first struck me,” he says. “The wall-to-wall French oak paneling, combined with materials that were ahead of their time—columns made not from marble but from stone-blasted concrete, the extraordinary round plaster ceiling inset, and the fiber-wood paneling—and his attention to the tiniest of details.”

He tracked down the organization that owns the apartment, the Association Auguste Perret, to see if he and his wife could rent the unit as a pied-à-terre. To his surprise, they said yes. 

In the dining room, a marble-topped table by Eero Saarinen is ringed with Eames wire chairs. Through oak accordion doors, the atrium beckons with red Utrecht armchairs by Gerrit Rietveld and a yellow Diana table by Konstantin Grcic. Photo  of Best Modern Hotspots in ParisView Photos

3. 51 rue Raynouard, an apartment block in the Passy district of Paris designed and built in 1932 by Auguste Perret—as modern as ever thanks to an interior rehabilitation by architect Dutch architect Felix Claus.

Modern home with Dining Room, Shelves, Table, and Chair. MASSIMILIANO and DORIANA FUKSAS 

Francesca Molteni writes, "A table, a window, a royal square, statues and horses. In Paris, Place des Vosges, Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas’s home. Original Jean Prouvé furniture, and masses of artworks, from Fontana to Paladino. On the threshold, antique warriors stand guard over the house and protect it, like custodians awaiting the return of its traveling architects." Photo by Aki Furudate. Photo  of Best Modern Hotspots in ParisView Photos

3. Near Place des Vosges, designers Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas inhabit a flat that pays homage to modern French design with original Jean Prouvé furniture.

4. American fiber artist Sheila Hicks's year-long installation at the Palais de Tokyo (Hicks's studio is situated in the 6th arrondissement). The constantly-evolving Baoli—whose title references the immense, stair-stepped wells dug into the ground throughout western India—comprises 1,500 pounds of pigmented Sunbrella thread, bound together with acrylic net. Photo  of Best Modern Hotspots in Paris modern homeView Photos

4. American fiber artist Sheila Hicks's year-long installation at the Palais de Tokyo (Hicks's studio is situated in the 6th arrondissement). The constantly-evolving Baoli—whose title references the immense, stair-stepped wells dug into the ground throughout western India—comprises 1,500 pounds of pigmented Sunbrella thread, bound together with acrylic net.

Krzentowski claims a rare pair of 1952 Paulin chairs for Muebles T.V. are the origin for the design of his famous Ribbon chair. Ron Arad’s Rolling Volume makes for dubious seating. Photo  of Best Modern Hotspots in Paris modern homeView Photos

5. When you go home with a gallery director, chances are you'll see a lot of chairs. Case in point is the apartment of Didier Krzentowski of Galerie Kreo, who lives in a turn-of-the-century building bordering the Seine.

Architect Odile Decq’s array of projects includes the Phantom restaurant, located inside the Palais Garnier, built in 1875 to house the Paris Opera. Photo  of Best Modern Hotspots in Paris modern homeView Photos

6. French architect Odile Decq designed Phantom restaurant, which is located inside the Palais Garnier, built in 1875 to house the Paris Opera.

The ToolsGalerie in the Marais district spotlights the work of young French designers. Photo  of Best Modern Hotspots in Paris modern homeView Photos

7. ToolsGalerie, in the Marais, is a favorite of Erwan Bouroullec for its dedication to showing the work of young French designers.

The design is based off of the ryokan, Edo-period Japan's version of a motel. Traditionally, these simple accommodations consisted of small tatami-matted rooms, a communal gathering area, and shared bath. Crasset also says that the design takes its cues from youth hostels. Photo by Simon Bouisson. Photo  of Best Modern Hotspots in Paris modern homeView Photos

8. Iconoclastic designer Matali Crasset, whose office is located in Paris's 10th arrondissement, designed the supersaturated, juiced-up tech hotel Hi-Matic nearby. (For a project outside of town, see Dwell's story on a farmhouse Crasset renovated for a Parisian jewelry editor.)

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