I’m not exactly sure when I fell in love with French history and culture…the seed may have been planted in third grade when I began studying French, in fact I can remember learning words in French before ever hearing them in English! Or could it be the two memorable trips to Paris? The romance of Versailles, the charming boutiques and restaurants of the left back, the artistry and energy of Montmartre…no matter the reason, I am 100% smitten with all things French, an official Francophile, so when I came upon this historic French Chateau with interiors designed by the one and only Juan Pablo Molyneux, I knew I had to share this discovery with you…
Known for creating interiors “rooted in history without being historical recreations,” Juan Pablo Molyneux lives and breathes architecture and interior design. With offices in New York City, Paris and Moscow, his residential, commercial and historic restoration projects take him all over the world. For nearly four decades, he’s been creating exquisite interiors that reflect his passion for all things beautiful.
So let us begin our exploration of Juan Pablo Molyneux with the Chateau du Marais. Completed in 1779 by Jean-Benoit-Vincent Barre, it is located on the bank of the Remarde river. Somehow, amid the moats and swans, the interiors still feel human and current…Molyneux finds a way to embrace history while creating truly livable environments…I find that to be a remarkable achievement…genius!
Please enjoy this lovely trip to the French countryside…
“The Chateau du Marais is a rare example of Louis XVI architecture whose magnificent structure is mirrored in the large reflecting pool and the surrounding moats. Anna Gould, who became the Duchess of Talleyrand in 1908, bought the castle in 1899 and began is restoration. In 1961, her daughter Violette de Talleyrand opened the park to the public; in its outbuildings she established a museum dedicated to her great granduncle, the famous diplomat Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand. Today her children, Anna de Bagneux and Charles-Maurice de Pourtales, carry on the restoration work begun by their mother and grandmother.” ~ Juan Pablo Molyneux detailing the history of Chateau du Marais
“My work is so much a part of my life that it has become a constant in my thoughts and actions” ~ Juan Pablo Molyneux
photos from Juan Pablo Molyneux