Amélie du Chalard settles in a former artist’s studio in Paris

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When the French gallery owner Amélie du Chalard was a child, her grandfather advised her to always buy two works by the same artist: one to keep and one to sell. His wise words did not fall on deaf ears; inside the young Parisian’s double-height apartment, every surface from floor to ceiling is adorned with art. “I was a banker at the start [of my career], and that allowed me to buy works of art, ”says Amélie, who was raised by an artist mother and a collector father. “I never bought jewelry, but always art. And then I started to notice that I was surrounded by bankers who would probably never set foot in a gallery. Curiosity piqued, Amélie started showing works of art in her own apartment and was immediately struck by a moment aha: “I saw how important it was for people to see works hanging in a space. of life.

In Amélie’s living space, a series of niches were cut into the wall under the stairs so Amélie could rotate smaller rooms without putting another nail in the wall.

The unique curtains are by one of Amélie’s artists, Jan Duruisseau. Two ceramics by Guido Gambone rest on a low shelf that runs the entire length of the main living room.

In 2017, Amélie was forced to open a real art gallery and found the perfect site to do so in the booming 9th arrondissement, often referred to as the “Brooklyn of Paris”. In collaboration with Rebecca Benichou of Batiik Studio, Amélie transformed the unit on the ground floor of a townhouse into an art gallery to meet a sophisticated house where visitors can discover the works in the context of a real living space – more on that here. Shortly after, she heard about another space available in the same building, an airy artist’s studio with ceilings over 29 feet high. Although the property has not been touched since 1940 and is in need of major repairs (including a new roof!), Amélie hung it up for her own residence and got to work.

Thanks to its high ceilings, bay windows and glass roof, the main living space is always bathed in sunlight. Amélie furnished the apartment with a mix of vintage and contemporary pieces. The tables are by Pierre Augustin Rose and the vintage armchairs are by Sergio Rodrigues and Carl Hansen & Son.

Tapping Batiik Studio again, she finished the floors of what would become her living space with waxed cement and imported ceramic tiles from Italy for the bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs. “There is white everywhere so that I can hang art,” says Amélie. The works of the artists she represents in the gallery on the ground floor mingle with those from her own collection on the massive walls and inside the recessed niches on the first floor. Even the decor has an artistic flair. “The curtains are from one of my artists who works with different materials like marble powder and chalk,” says Amélie.

The Zenlike bedroom shares the same Fornace Brioni tile as the stair landing and bathroom. The works are by Tanguy Tolila and Nadine Altmayer.

The front door opens into a small entrance hall with steps leading up to the main living area. Other Fornace Brioni tiles cover the floor and the ceramics are by Nadine de Garam.

Her gallery on the ground floor, Amélie Maison d’Art, represents more than 150 artists working in all media. The gallery organizes around five exhibitions per year and always presents a sculptor, a painter and a work on paper. Variety is key to Amélie’s conservation, and she welcomes all collectors, from those with a budget of $ 1,000 to those who also frequent the largest galleries.

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