Today’s post features the magnificent Paris home of Mr. and Mrs. Juan Pablo Molyneux. Located in the Marais, the Hotel (in this case “hotel” means townhouse) Claude Passart was built in 1618 and boasts the glorious opulence of the 17th-century. The extensive renovation was a pure labor of love as Molyneux explains in a 2004 interview with AD, ” I went totally out of control doing this place. It expresses the sum total of my knowledge. Everything I love is here; a historic setting; modern paintings; the most sophisticated Russian, Chinese, French and Italian furniture. This is the way I live-with a 52 inch plasma TV, the biggest I could find, hung against 16th-century boiseries. Listening to Louis Armstrong in a nearly 400-year-old listed building in Paris-it’s fantastic. Whoever walks into this house knows me. This is me.” The passion with which he speaks about his home and his life is truly inspiring…for me, it’s so tangible, I can feel the respect, appreciation and pure joy he has for his craft…please enjoy this masterpiece
above and below, photos from Juan Pablo Molyneux
below, Molyneux conceived the dining room as a singerie, with himself as a singe, or monkey. The wall canvases trace the designer’s education and conclude with him escorting his wife Pilar, also a monkey, to a ball.
below, photos from Architectural Digest
below, photos by Jeff Hirsch for New York Social Diary ~ Guests enjoy an intimate dinner in the Chinese lacquer hall
below, Guests in the library