Reviving a listed Parisian pied-à-terre, Ramy Fischler accentuates iconic vestiges with avant-garde finishes. Place de Colombie is the Belgian’s first foray into interior design – having worked with industrial designer Patrick Jouin for the past 10 years. Framing each project like a science experiment, Fischler’s approach fuses art, craft and fantasy.
Erected in 1930, the Art Deco Jean Walter building – named for its architect – stands tall in the 16th Arrondissement. The stately residence covers an expansive 350m2 on two levels. With period woodwork and parquet flooring – normally seen at Versailles – each space reads like the chapter of a novel. Fischler’s intervention is a delicate composition, subtle but unexpected.
Dramatic gradients work their way up living room walls to blend-in with a pure-white ceiling lamp. Hidden behind unassuming doors, a flower-patterned wardrobe accompanies a regal fireplace. Circular sofas, tables and carpets were custom made for this space. A walk-in closet – polished in white resin – nestles between the dining room, corridor and kitchen. In the bedroom, Dutch silk-screens conceal a desk and shelving unit. Padded wall panels are found throughout the apartment.
Photos Paul Graves