The Gilded Age

French Decorator Frédéric Méchiche has been described as Merlin-like for his ability to transform spaces with dramatic flair. He’s put his wizardry to work for such stylish Parisian properties as the Hôtel Le A. For clients with a blue-chip art collection, he recently turned a nondescript office space into a grand, neoclassical apartment straight out of Versailles.

There’s splendor in every room, from marble columns topped with Medici vases in the entrance hall to a luxe bathroom with a door camouflaged by 18th-century trompe l’oeil grisaille wallpaper panels. In the living room, gilded moldings and ornate chandeliers mix with contemporary art, including Francesco Clemente’s colorful jigsaw-puzzle pieces, which hang above an antique carved Italian console—a perfect example of Méchiche’s magical touch for blending old and new. Originally published in ELLE DECORATION France.

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