Vincenzo De Cotiis was the couple’s obvious choice to redevelop a historic place in France. The moment fashion designer Pierre Hardy and her husband Christophe turnier (CEO of the eponymous Hardy brand) has set foot in the 17th century hotel overlooking the Seine particular to Saint-Louis Island, they knew it would be their home.
Even totally empty them around 2000 square foot apartment bursting with life – elaborate mythological frescoes covered almost every inch of its nearly 15-foot high ceilings. Apollo, dressed in purple, harp in hand, looked down on the entrance hall. In the salon, Juno, wife of Jupiter, and Aeolus, the Greek god of the wind, basked in the clouds, while Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn, resplendent in the middle of a magnificent mixture of cherubs and horses, presided over another room. The masterpieces, attributed to artist Bon Boullogne, best known for his easel paintings found in Versailles and the Louvre, were a serious selling point.
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Hardy, Creative Director of Hermes who also designed shoes for Dior and Balenciaga before founding his own brand of high-end sports shoes, had always decorated his own homes. But for this place so steeped in history, the couple appealed to Vincenzo De Cotiis, based in Milan– whose work they admired for a long time – to bring interiors into the 21st century.
Vincenzo De Cotiis took care to create a home that would match Hardy and Turnier’s lifestyle. The couple preferred spaces that could transform, day to day, so Vincenzo De Cotiis have created a series of living rooms – large transitional spaces for working, relaxing, eating and entertaining – where they spend the most time.
The couple’s personal items are rather minimalist, making them excellent nods to a handful of 18th-century antiques and stylish bespoke furniture designed by Vincenzo De Cotiis. In the bedroom, a cherub hovers in the clouds above prints by Sol LeWitt and a monumental custom bed Vincenzo De Cotiis hand painted fiberglass. In the large living room, personalized brass and fiberglass tables mingle with 18th century armchairs, a silver brass sofa and 1960s marble lamps by Tobia Scarpa. Daniel Arsham’s painting looking over the sofa feels like a fitting metaphor for the whole place: history, refracted through a modern lens.
Hardy and Turnier found their creative partner in Vincenzo De Cotiis. He was happy to spend long hours discussing the precise shade of black leather for the living room sofa, and recommended hand-painting the upholstery on a window-side sofa to perfectly reflect the color of the Seine.
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