Fashion insider Edouard Schneider tastes good. He has made a career in communication for Swarovski, Sonia Rykiel, Martin Margiela, Louis Vuitton, and now Acne Workshops. Parisian for 20 years, Edouard recently found himself in what is today his third apartment in the capital, but still in the trendy districts of the 3rd and 10th arrondissements.
Covering approximately 1,270 square feet, Edouard shares this two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment with his partner, Dan Gotlieb, who is in charge of global celebrities at Cartier. Although beautiful now, the place was in a very different state to begin with, and everything had to be redone. “It was about five years ago and one of the first places I saw,” says Edouard. “I loved the volume, but it was an exhibition hall and there was only a toilet in the entrance. I was afraid of all the work involved, so I kept looking and looking. I finally decided, why not this one? But it was already sold. It came back to the market, and I ended up doing it all again.
The space ended up in need of a major renovation; there were no bathrooms and all the plumbing had to be installed. “There were no rooms!” Edouard shares. “I’ve loved doing all the work, forever. My dad is an architect and so is my best friend, Dario Mucedda from Cabinet 2D, who worked on this place with me. The space still holds some surprises in store for Edouard, “Fortunately the floors had been protected and there were beautiful parquet floors under the carpet.”
For Edouard, working with his best friend was great, but in his own words “I’m a total control freak. Dario wanted to make the wall black, which I didn’t, but he convinced me, and it really works. “He also wanted to prioritize a precious collection:” I collect lamps and they are everywhere here! I arrived at the meeting with a PowerPoint of all my lights. He continues, “For me the most important thing was to figure out where they were all going; that was the first one.”
With the lamps, Edouard’s art collection that he acquired over the years has been reflected in the space. Friendliness was also a priority, with the couple typically traveling a lot for work, they frequently invite people over for dinner. Edouard says he wants a nice living room to receive and a kitchen / dining room because he loves to cook.
Now that Edouard and Dan are comfortably settled in their Parisian apartment, it’s time for another project. Then, a house in the south of France, another renovation with Dario. Edouard admits that he actually always wanted to be an architect, and this space was originally designed by an architecture student for a school project. Edouard decided he wanted to show her his renovation idea to get her approval and blessings, marrying his passions in what will certainly be another beautiful home.
Do it yourself
Personalize your IKEA kitchen. The standard kitchen is covered with a very thin layer of concrete to give it a unique look.
Break it up. A subtle palette of black, white and gray can be accented with pops of color like in bar stools or artwork.
Be creative when you hang art. Stack them or line them up. Keep the suspension interesting for the eyes.
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Originally appeared on Architectural summary