Messine a naturalistic rotunda

Living in Paris, while remaining close to nature is a luxury that has become rare and precious, the Messina apartment, located a few yards from Parc Monceau, one of the most chic and romantic pleasure gardens in the capital, offers this privilege. A garden, which since its inception rivalled those of Bagatelle, Ermenonville and the Désert de Retz. A haven of quietude, with a very assertive French style from which FabrIce Juan was subtly inspired.

Nestled on the 4th floor of a beautiful stone Haussmann style building, this gentleman's apartment, a little bourgeois, overlooks the iconic zinc rooftops.


The authenticity of an undergrowth, its generosity, its textures, its delicacy, are flourishing sources of inspiration.


Vegetation inspiration

The large living room inferring references to nature: a coffee table in straw marquetry, a lamppost with the appearance of giant praying mantis, two small side tables, aptly named "mushroom". A luxurious and lush forest that finds here all its splendor amidst an elegant décor accented in gold leaf. A delight for the eyes, inspired by nature, which continuously flows through the infinite curves of this perfectly mastered landscape. An approach that would probably have seduced Adolphe Alphand, the creator of Parc Monceau.

Nature comforts us from the urban frenzy. Soothing and relaxing, it gives meaning to our daily lives

An impressive perspective.

The aligned rooms give a measure of excess. The generous windows flood the various reception rooms with light, whose chevron parquet unifies the diversity of styles.

The circular gallery

Probably the most emblematic room of the MESSINE apartment is the rotunda. This circular-shaped living room follows the curves of the building's façade, offering stunning views of the imposing Saint-Augustin Church and its dome built by Victor Baltard, the architect of the 1900s’ Halles in Paris. As usual, Fabrice Juan considered the obvious dialogue, between the dome and this rotunda.
What could have been a constraint is revealed to be a source of inspiration. This room surrounds you. It envelops you. The 3-sphere table marks the exact center of the room. The library furniture, created for the occasion, follows the silhouette of the space. . 

True luxury is sometimes hidden in the surprising curves of a single branch.

The curved sofa…

…awakens one’s desire to relax, windows open, enjoying the frequent recital of red-breasted robins. Contrary to some conventional wisdom, nature is never far away in this very sought after 8th district of the capital. A unique space whose volumes inevitably contribute to the feeling of well-being.

On the wall, the photo…

…of a helical sculpture whose imposing sheet of steel, as seen from the sky, becomes as fragile as paper would suggest. Some will see it as an allegory of origin, others an enigmatic work whose mathematical construction evokes Fibonacci or the Pythagorean snail. A formal repertoire there again borrowed from nature. The busts placed upon the curved furniture prolong the reflection initiated by Fabrice Juan.

In the name of purity.

The bathroom is a room, envisaged by Fabrice Juan, as a parenthesis in the apartment. The Italian travertine marble cut at right angles marks a break with the curves of the Rotunda. In this historic quarter of the great painters, the homage to the 1930s is appreciated by the finesse of a chrome fillet. Here the purity and lightness take possession of a place yet made of marble.

The luminous.

A second bathroom, just as surprising, graphic and unexpected, elegantly makes fun of conventions. The installation of the marble floor in diagonal stripes alternates two shades of grey and different veining. The furniture structures the space with marked horizontal lines. The mirror and the luminous cornice give this room a surprising depth.

A tribute.

Avenue de Messina owes its name to the town of Messina in Sicily. The sublime ‘Zuber’ wallpapers offer a panoramic view of the quays of the Parisian Seine in an Italian Renaissance style.
The contemporary furniture and Tobi Ishi's lacquered table favorably reflect the treetops. The chairs that surround them, all very 80s, take up the formal vocabulary of Charlotte Perriand. The imposing Murano chandelier reminds us of the splendor of Venetian palaces. It contrasts with the Cubist sculpture of "Francis Mascarello" placed on the table. In this room Fabrice Juan, pays homage to his own Italian origins and synthesizes the spirit of this part of Europe. Luxurious architecture in a preserved green setting.