Close to Avenue George V, one of the most elegant thoroughfares in Paris, you will find Onze Magellan. This turnkey apartment in the 8th arrondissement, which fuses refined French style with global design influences, is a splendid space – made sumptuous in a recent remodelling by the acclaimed interior architect Fabrice Juan.
The 3,013 sq ft apartment, on the fifth floor of an original Haussmann building with an ornate façade, is just a short stroll from the couture houses of Avenue Montaigne. And Juan, who trained as a carpenter before becoming an interior architect and designer, is known for his love of couture craftsmanship – it informs his design aesthetic, which is rich in beautiful, luxurious materials.
In this apartment, available for sale through Savills, Juan honours the neoclassical heritage of the building while incorporating the theatricality of Art Deco motifs, a 1970s spirit and what he calls a “Latin mood”. The result is indisputably elegant, but also playfully unexpected. “While the grand salon still featured its historical elements, the other rooms didn’t, which allowed me to recreate decorative details as I wished,” Juan explains. “I did this, for example, with the mouldings, which resemble boudin [a type of sausage], and the walls of fabric and ribbon.”
Another of the delights of working on this apartment was its scale. “It’s special because of the size of the rooms,” Juan says. “The living room, with its high vaulted ceiling and original details, but also the L-shaped central hallway, which is the axis of the apartment and brings in the light.”
The hallway is certainly arresting, with soft terracotta walls highlighting petroleum black woodwork. Doors have been removed to accentuate the sense of openness, and the floor is a spectacular mosaic of oak parquet with limestone and travertine inlays. “I wanted it to be very graphic,” says Juan, “with the diagonal pattern accentuating the sense of perspective.”