This magnificent Haussmannian needed to start a second life, after the departure of the children. There was also, above all, a new look to re-imagine for the works of art of the owners. The classic architectural elements – molded ceilings, double glazed doors, basements, 19th century stained glass – have been treated as soberly as possible. They create a display for each work, enhanced by suitable lighting. Luminaires and designer furniture respond to the paintings, simulating a sort of art installation. In the reception area, a black entrance gallery contrasts with an immaculate living room and dining room. Quite distinctly, the private sector of the apartment hosts in its center a windowed office and kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms in soft colors, with pure and elegant lines. Photos © Agathe Tissier.