Joseph Dirand is one of the most esteemed interior designers of our days. Given that his father, Jacques Dirand has been at least as revered in his field – interior photography – as his son, this French architect had developed, formed, polished his peerless style since childhood. In this post I would like to demonstrate how to pair luxury and minimalism at the highest level possible: The parisian apartment of Dirand is an incredibly high-end interior in which – without any exaggeration – every single piece of furniture and object is placed purposefully, every color and material is chosen thoughtfully – half-baked, random styling can never cross his door-step.
Dirand favors function over form in decoration and he also highlights in a video made by The New York Times Style Magazine that he wanted to design this apartment in a way it can follow his rhythm and not the other way round. Although his business is flourishing, he found some time last year to renovate a beautiful apartment in the seventh district of the French capital which is now the home for his girlfriend and their two daughters as well. This apartment shows that he is deeply cultivated, effortlessly cool and, above all, enjoying life.
Dirand standing next to a Living Divani modular sofa and a charcoal drawing is by Thomas Houseago:
The slightly irregular walls subtly shift in color throughout the space, creamier in the bedroom and grayer in the entry and kitchen. The vintage table is an Ettore Sottsass design:
Books, glasses, bottles and cooking utensils accumulate on the open shelf against his minimal impulse. An interesting photograph from his friend, François Halard leans on the shelf. The marble worktop is simply dazzling:
The modern elements are in balance with the traditional details in Dirand’s apartment, particularly in the kitchen and the master bathroom, where he used large slabs of heavily veined marble – a signature of his work:
The master bedroom is very tranquil thanks to the uniform palette. The gorgeous mirrored closet doors reflect an Azucena sconce and the double bed:
The layout provides floor-to-ceiling windows that allow light to flood into every single room of the apartment, it is actually a photographer’s dream. Because of his father, he says he thinks in pictures. A suede-covered Oscar Niemeyer chair is placed in front of an Irving Penn photograph:
The apartment has parquet de Versailles, elaborate moldings, bronze doorknobs – it’s all luxurious. Dirand has developed a sleight of hand for those things he finds aesthetically unacceptable: the flat-screen television in the living room for example disappears into a cabinet at the touch of a button. The coffee table is Ron Arad’s design, the furniture is vintage Pierre Jeanneret, the red ceramic piece is by Sterling Ruby, and the cube stool is a Le Corbusier piece:
His unique design philosophy and thoughtfulness is remarkable in all of his works – let it be the Balmain flagship store in Paris,
a luxury hotel in Mexico City, Surf Club in Miami, or residential projects. In the next post, I will guide you through another exquisite work of Dirand.
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