Emmanuel de Bayser, <br> his Paris as a Collector

Emmanuel de Bayser,
his Paris as a Collector

Berlin-Paris. Paris-Berlin. Emmanuel de Bayser is accustomed to this geographical balance. Three days here, three days there. In his own way, the founder of the Berlin concept store The Corner is committed to feeling good in both European capitals. Weaving his own world in this new Parisian equipment, located a stone’s throw from the Monceau park, took him over a year. Moving, trying, adjusting associations. To find the ideal combination of “order and comfort”, conducive to calm. The qualities of this pure Haussmanian property had an immediate effect on him. High ceilings, no corridors and a structured distribution of rooms around the entrance hallway. A delightful prospect that the collector has since further refined with a couple of lighter shades, accentuating the luminosity of the place. Colour, on the other hand, is brought by sublime decorative elements. Furniture, contemporary works of art and accessories with a timeless form and in almost universal monochrome. This is a reflex response for those who know fashion and its shortcomings only too well. In this dramatic setting, largely unaffected by the years, Emmanuel de Bayser has surrounded himself with some unique personalities. Sculptures of busts or faces whose expression suggests a continuous movement. In his image.

Entrée Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser
Salon Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser
Salon Canapé Jean Royère Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser
Salon Appartement Paris Portrait Emmanuel de Bayser
Salon Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser
Salon Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser
Emmanuel de Bayser, <br> his Paris as a Collector

After Berlin, here we are in your Parisian apartment. Did these two cities inspire you in the way you decorated each of these two interiors?

Emmanuel

I think, rather than the city, it is the space that inspires me. Berlin was very neutral as a space, so I felt quite free to design according to my wishes at the time, five years ago already. For Paris, the apartment is a pure Hausmannian one. So the style is already decidedly Parisian. What I liked right away was its really open feel, almost lofty, which is rare. There are no corridors, not a single metre is wasted. One room leads to the next offering beautiful perspectives. So yes, I was very inspired by Paris for this apartment. Less by Berlin for the other, where on the contrary, I wanted a serene space in contrast with a city that I find quite traumatised.

Is there a common thread between these places?

Emmanuel

I am told that you feel very much at peace when you enter both apartments! That’s probably what I’m unconsciously looking for. Contrast, of course, but nothing aggressive.

This love for art and design, is it related to your family background? Or are you self-taught?

Emmanuel

Both. I’ve always been immersed in an artistic aesthetic world. My paternal grandfather established the Bayser Gallery, which specialises in antique drawings. My maternal great-grandfather, the Symbolist painter George Desvallières, had a substantial impact on the family. So there is a strong artistic marker on both sides. The taste for traditional design and contemporary art is more personal. It is the result of a more traditional and classical culture.

Salon Détail Chaussons Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser
Emmanuel de Bayser, <br> his Paris as a Collector
Emmanuel de Bayser, <br> his Paris as a Collector
Emmanuel de Bayser, <br> his Paris as a Collector
Cuisine Marbre Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser
Cuisine Détail Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser

I haven't yet had the chance to have my nephews and nieces visit me though: they're very young. I'm not sure I'd be quite so serene with all the ceramics lying around. I'll let them play with the sheep instead!

Cuisine Salle à manger Jean Prouvé Céramique Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser
Emmanuel de Bayser, <br> his Paris as a Collector
Emmanuel de Bayser, <br> his Paris as a Collector

How do your family members react to this very precise world? How do they perceive it, do they cope with it?

Emmanuel

I’m not sure they understand the choice of pieces and associations, but they feel good when they come here! I like the combination of order and comfort. It relaxes me and reassures me. I haven’t yet had the chance to have my nephews and nieces visit me though: they’re very young. I’m not sure I’d be quite so serene with all the ceramics lying around. I’ll let them play with the sheep instead!

The apartment is dotted with works of art. How do you choose them?

Emmanuel

It’s very much trial and error! Fortunately, the galleries are understanding. But what I like – in disorder – is above all the form, the colours, the freshness, the timelessness, the dialogue between the objects and the furniture.

Which artists and designers (…) are currently influencing you?

Emmanuel

Camille Henrot, Imi Knoebel, Jannis Kounellis, Louise Bourgeois, Günther Förg, Jean Arp, Anish Kapoor, Alexandre Noll, Georges Jouve, Jean-Michel Frank and finally some stone furniture pieces created by Francesco Balzano, a talented designer!

Bureau Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser
Emmanuel de Bayser, <br> his Paris as a Collector
Emmanuel de Bayser, <br> his Paris as a Collector
Emmanuel de Bayser, <br> his Paris as a Collector
Bureau Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser
Emmanuel de Bayser, <br> his Paris as a Collector
Salon Céramique Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser
Salon Poignées de porte dorées Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser
Salon Sculpture Buste Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser
Salon Miroir Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser

How can you take it further?

Emmanuel

The next project is in the mountains, up under the rooftops. So it’s a different world! We have already opened up the spaces, and I am working on the layout of the areas, working with the perspectives, the choices for the rooms. Each time it is a new beginning and constant questioning. Nothing is ever taken for granted!

Why not open a gallery if the world of decoration means so much to you?

Emmanuel

I’m still very busy with The Corner Berlin! So I don’t have time yet, but I think about it sometimes.

What is the next step for you?

Emmanuel

I am a great believer in chance encounters and the associated timing we have no control over. So I let things happen while I keep working hard behind the scenes to make them happen.

What are your favourite places to visit during your stays in Paris?

Emmanuel

Les Marches, inevitably the galleries and auction houses but also in the streets of Paris on Saturday and Sunday, early in the morning. And, above all, my home!

Salon Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser
Chambre Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser
Chambre Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser
Salon Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser
Bureau Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser
Chambre Livre de chevet Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser
Chambre Appartement Paris Portrait Emmanuel de Bayser
Chambre Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser
Chambre Appartement Paris Emmanuel de Bayser

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1 comment

dorothy, 29 May 2019

fantastic!
please, who is the artist of the “3333” and “z+3S” prints?
merci

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