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In the 11th arrondissement of Paris, a loft apartment opens onto a Japanese garden



Nami and Quentin Isackson

There are hidden treasures in Paris. Jealously guarded green oases that you would never suspect! And it is to one of these secret places that The Socialite Family invites you today. To the home of the radiant Nami Isackson and her husband, Quentin. An energetic personality wearing many hats – model, producer, press officer – whose aura and infectious enthusiasm dazzle instantly when you enter her loft apartment. She and her partner describe their unusual wood-clad three-storey home as “a country house in the heart of the city”. Here, the couple take time out to admire the nature surrounding them through a bay window that opens wide onto a Japanese-inspired garden. After “being confined to a 35 m2 apartment with no direct sunlight”, these long-dreamed-of spaces give the thirty-year-old plenty of room to indulge her many passions. A lover of fashion as well as interior design, she furnishes and decorates her cocoon to offer a warm welcome to her loved ones. Especially around the table, where she instinctively mixes family heirlooms with found objects and floral arrangements. It’s been two years, since we last visited her. This time, she greets us pregnant, while joyfully thinking about rearrangements for the loft.

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Nami and Quentin, can you introduce yourselves?
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We’ve been together for 5 years and got married 3 years ago. It was love at first sight, and it happened just a stone’s throw from where we currently live. We have two different personalities and come from two different worlds that click and create a balance in our relationship.

Can you tell us about your backgrounds?


I studied fashion which led me to work for press agencies and as a press attaché for a fashion house. I then changed direction and became a photoshoot producer and assistant casting director for catwalk shows. 2 years ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a big campaign for the Etam brand. A project that led to me being scouted as a model. Today I juggle various projects.


I graduated in photography from Gobelins and then worked as a photographic assistant in Paris, followed by the US, where my dad is from. After several studio projects in New York, I wanted to try my hand at different trades, including maintenance department roles, which led me to my studies at an international school in Atlanta. When I returned to France, I received various fashion photo production offers, which I accepted. They allowed me to combine my two interests, maintenance services and photography.

As a multidisciplinary person, it means I can think outside the box and explore new professions. How would you describe your characters?

I’m a person who likes to bring people together and make sure there is a good atmosphere around me. My friends and family have always described me as a sunny and determined person.
I’m sociable and a bit of a joker. I like to help the people around me.
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I don't think you should live your life solely around your children, but with them - for as long as you can!

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Tell us about your notion of “beauty”.


I have always been fascinated by fashion and interior decoration because they are two complementary ways of expressing my personality, my desires, my emotions… The women in my life – my mother and my godmother – instilled a sensitivity to beauty throughout my childhood. My godmother – who was a costume designer – often took me backstage. I remember being amazed by the costumes, the way she combined the outfits and the theatrical sets.


My parents – who were both artistic – educated me to see beauty where you don’t necessarily expect to see it. Contemplation fascinated me from an early age, and photography – which I started when I was 15 – allowed me to express a certain beauty.

Designer, artists: which creators inspire you daily?


Like many designers who inspire me daily, my primary sources of inspiration are my environment and people… If I had to choose from all of them, I would say Charlotte Perriand for her freedom of style. Le Corbusier for his modern architecture and Jean Prouvé for his timelessness. If we’re talking about fashion, I’ll start with Alessandro Michèle who perfectly reflects the exuberance and freedom of the 70s. Alexandre Mattiussi for his magnificent representation of the Parisian style. Miuccia Prada for the modernity of the cuts.


I’m more interested in music and the visual arts, especially the careers and works by artists like Tom Waits, MC Escher, Doisneau or Miyazaki, who all inspire me.

You are sensitive to the world of fashion and also to the art of living. What gives you pleasure when entertaining friends and family?


For us, sitting around a table is the best place to meet and enjoy the company of our loved ones. It’s the place where we release our everyday stress, all thanks to a good meal. For special occasions, we love taking out our Christofle silverware, given to us by my godfather, a real family treasure. We also have our beautiful set of red plates, which we bought from Lux Perpetua, a shop not far from our home. As for our table linen, I particularly like our blue linen tablecloth from La Trésorerie and the embroidered white napkins from Quentin’s grandmother. I love laying pretty tables and decorate them according to the seasons or the dinner’s theme. The art of hosting is a mantra for me, a kind of meditation before moving onto lively conversations with guests or family…

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The art of hosting is a mantra for me, a kind of meditation before moving onto lively conversations with guests or family…

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You live in a Japanese-inspired loft. Tell us about how you found it. What are the positive aspects that made you want to move here?


After spending lockdown in a 35m2 apartment without direct sunlight, we needed a change of scene. We found this loft by coincidence, and I immediately saw its potential.  We love the atypical side and the feeling that you’re not in Paris. Even our Parisian friends tell us that they feel like they’re on holiday when they visit us. It’s our country home but in the heart of the city…

How did you furnish it?


Our loft comprises 3 levels, so we wanted to differentiate the different spaces. Our first wish was to have a large table to enjoy meals with our friends and family. We found a magnificent teak table with a Scandinavian design on Selency; it was made in France in the 60s. To give a theatrical feel to our meals, I really wanted to have an arched light that only lights up the table.The owner of the “Lux Perpetua” store, which is right next door, knew about this and contacted me to tell me that she’d found the ideal floor lamp, a Harvey Guzzini from the 70s with a marble base. We immediately jumped at the chance. There’s also furniture that we got from Quentin’s grandmother. Other pieces were found by friends, spotted on the Le Bon Coin or even found in the street. But things move a lot here ! We’ve taken the opportunity to breathe new life into the apartment – it’s changed a lot since you were last here! We’ve been more daring with materials, adding a lot of chrome, metal, ceramics and smoked glass to break up the very woody feel of the place. We’ve removed a few things too, particularly in the dining room.

You’ve decided not to move when the baby arrives. Why is that?


That’s right, we’re making a space for the baby as we’re staying here for the time being. Psychologically, it would be very hard to leave this apartment. It holds so many memories for us, and we love the spaciousness of it so much! But it’s true that I’m now thinking about the time when our child will be about three. I know we’ll have to think about moving because we live in a loft, which is an unusual space, very open and not necessarily very practical, with the stairs for a small child, not to mention the lack of privacy that implies. In the meantime, we’re thinking all the time about what to do, what to move, what to protect, and what to change. We want to keep it pretty, functional and modern. It’s not just for the baby, it’s for all of us, all the family. I don’t think you should live your life solely around your children, but with them – for as long as you can!

Tell us about the changes you are going to make to your home and how you plan to live together with your baby.


The challenge, when this baby arrives, is to keep an interior that reflects us. We’ll adapt it, naturally, but I’ve no desire to turn our apartment into a crèche! We’ve come up with a number of different solutions. For example, we’re going to use large sheets of smoked plexiglass so that the mezzanine railings are filled in, but in an elegant, considered and tasteful way. Here, you have to be able to do a lot of things yourself by hand: there are no standard dimensions in this apartment. The owner designed it himself, and it can be a real headache. You also need to make sure what you do complies with local building regulations; for example, you’re not allowed to drill through the wall in several places because of the natural cork insulation. But we’ve managed to make the place chic and warm, and not too shabby in my opinion (laughs). I’m lucky enough to have a handyman: he made this bench himself in the baby’s corner, using wooden planks, because I wanted to be able to sit down to breastfeed, and he mounted the curtains on rods to create a more intimate space.

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We found this loft by coincidence, and I immediately saw its potential. We love the atypical side and the feeling that you’re not in Paris.

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You didn’t want a classic children’s bedroom, in other words… childish.


Well, the baby’s cot will still have a mobile above it – we’re not especially rigid in our thinking! But we wanted to create a space that the child could grow into, and that would last. This notion of progression and sustainability is essential to our approach and to what we want to pass on to our little one. The furniture fits the bill: timeless, with a lifetime of use in different places, from a teenage bedroom to a first apartment. Each item has a story, like this mirror that Quentin found in the street; I didn’t want it, of course, but a few years later I’ve found it’s ideal for the baby’s room. There’s an emotional aspect to all these pieces too, and that’s what we’d like to pass on. We’ve followed this line of thinking for everything we’ve had to buy for the baby’s arrival: the high chair includes different modules that allow it to be upgraded to a desk chair. The bed is also adaptable: you can remove the bars, make it bigger and it will last until he or she is five! The Socialite Family Brera pendant, cushions, rug and curtains are timeless and can all be reused in any room, office, living room, dining room: even new lasts with us. You’ll recognise your Duetto vase, which was originally placed on the dining room table. It adds a splash of colour to the baby’s corner now.

What’s your favourite room?


We love all the rooms in this loft, but the best feature is this large bay window with its beautiful natural view. We often sit in front of it to watch the birds come and go from one corner of the garden to the other.

What does this loft say about you?


I’d say it’s an apartment that reflects us: friendly, atypical and warm.

Is there anything in the baby’s bedroom that’s particularly important to you?


The Picasso lithograph we’re hanging with you right now: it’s a pre-birth gift from our child’s godfather. It’s a wonderful gesture, giving a baby its first work of art…

You are both freelancers in your respective professions. How do you plan to combine work and your baby?


It’s the age-old dilemma we all face when we decide to become independent: freedom or stability? For the time being, we’re both lucky enough to earn a good enough living and to have time for ourselves at the same time, both of which are essential for the arrival of the child. In the first year, we’ll be experimenting and adjusting. My mum’s close by, so we’ll have a bit of help! We’re very lucky. I’m going to slow down, but hey, I have lots of energy and I know myself, I need to move around and do things. It’s also essential that we share the same vision of life in society and family life.

Can you see yourself here in ten years’ time?


I’d love to be, but it’s impossible, especially if we have a second child. And then there’s the temptation of owning a property, the possibility of living somewhere other than Paris with the children…

Are there any places you recommend in the 11th arrondissement of Paris?


Lux Perpetua for its furniture, and Landline, if you are looking for lovely crockery and table linen. Saison for its flowers and plants. Chambelland, a gluten-free bakery and pastry shop. Terroir d’avenir and Les Saisonniers for fruit and veg. And finally, Paisano, a small Italian deli.

For you, The Socialite Family is…


An excellent medium that allows you to discover different universes and inspiring personalities.

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We love all the rooms in this loft, but the best feature is this large bay window with its beautiful natural view.

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