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Chris Burch’s ( jchristopherburch) majestic 1608 hôtel particulier outside of Paris has the rare distinction of being landmarked on both the exterior and much of the interior. As such, it still possessed many of its 17th- and 18th-century floors, paneling, and beams when he purchased it. Yet it had also undergone patchy renovations over time. “We wanted to bring it right back to the way it had been,” notes Burch. The American entrepreneur tapped his friend marcoscarani to creative direct the revamp, and French architect and decorator Michel Pinet—something of a national treasure for his masterly work restoring several of the country’s most prized monuments historiques, Château de Versailles among them. He is also a specialist in the field of antique wallpapers and fabrics, many of which he and Scarani used to outfit Burch’s Senlis abode. The most historically significant “papier peint,” though, had been secured before Pinet came onto the scene: a complete set of Joseph Dufour’s 1805 scenic panoramic depicting the voyages of Captain Cook, which Scarani spotted in a Christie’s catalogue. Burch, he says, “bought them for nothing.” Stunned by the acquisition, Pinet redesigned the original moldings and columns in the formal dining room to perfectly frame the panels, pictured here.
Photo by miguelfloresvianna ; text by janekeltnerdev