Margaux de Fouchier and Léonard Bouix
Family - Paris

An Attic Home Perched
Above the Rooftops of Paris

/

at

Margaux de Fouchier and Léonard Bouix

No sooner have we arrived, than Margaux de Fouchier and Léonard Bouix take us on a tour to discover what “makes” their apartment. A breathtaking view over Paris, that can be admired from the top of a crooked staircase. Just like in a country house, the wood creaks gently as we climb. It’s alive. And that’s what we’ll remember of our visit to this cosy, listed rooftop home in Paris’ 6th arrondissement. The kitchen is still fragrant with freshly brewed coffee when we all gather, cup in hand, around the big farmhouse-style table to chat with our hosts. She is a Franco-American who seems to have fitted a thousand lives into her 28 years. He is a gentle giant who works in the production business. They are a close couple who together tell us the story of this place, that they had dreamed of for months. Attic rooms that had become too small for a couple of friends who had started a family. Then Léonard has to leave. It’s still early; the day is just getting going. There’s time to get to know Margaux better. Between photos, the young woman tells us about her life. That of someone inquisitive, completely open-minded and free-spirited, who does not hesitate to follow her instinct for her arts. Those arts that are part of her since her earliest childhood days, like photography, but also those that have made her into what she is today. Music in particular. For Margaux sings. She has under her belt a first album “Instantanés” that came out in 2013, and trois singles, including the entrancing “Something You Can Do” in 2018. Titles that are far from coincidental for she who loves above all to learn, with a great desire to “build bridges”. The influence of her parents, radiant and ultra-sensitive people, is never far away. That can be seen in the happy jumble that “comes and goes around her” and from where she can carry on watching the sunset for ever.

Salon Appartement Paris Margaux Avril de Fouchier
The Socialite Family Black Gioia Table Lamp 450,00€

Gioia table lamp, with a black lacquered beechwood lamp base and a white cream pleated cotton shade. Lamp base also available in red or green lacquer. Gioia… The name of our brand new lamp is as soft as the light that emanates from it. Gioia. Joy. The joy of casting a gentle glow over a mantelpiece, at the end of a sofa or on a bedside table. The Gioia will become indispensable, wherever you place it. With its sophisticated design, the sculptural form of its base suggesting a flower and its pleated shade reminiscent of an elegant dress, Gioia is a signature piece. A shining example of the savoir-faire so dear to our hearts at The Socialite Family which is exemplified in the choice of materials and finishes. The shiny lacquer juxtaposed with and enhancing the wood and the matt cotton which set the tone. The promise of a piece that is madly modern, yet retro at the same time.

  • Dimensions: 12x25cm for the base, 29x29cm for the shade
  • Materials: lacquered beechwood and cotton
  • Colour: black for the base, white cream for the shade
  • Lighting: E27 (not included)
  • Power supply: 230 V – wall outlet (black textile cord and black plastic switch)
  • Variable intensity: no
  • Made in Italy

PRE-ORDER : Available in pre-order with a mid-Mai delivery. The carrier will contact you directly to arrange a delivery date and time. If you have any questions, please contact us on shop@thesocialitefamily.com. ORDER WITH CONFIDENCE: You have 14 days to change your mind and return your order. To do so, please contact us on shop@thesocialitefamily.com quoting your order number and we will answer you as soon as possible with the procedure to follow. We will refund your order once we will have received your returned items. PRO SERVICE: Are you an architect, a decorator or an interior designer? We have a service adapted to your specific needs. Please do not hesitate to contact us on shop@thesocialitefamily.com for all quotes or custom orders.

Know more
Shop now
The Socialite Family Carlotta Black Side Table 590,00€

The Carlotta occasional table in lacquered beech wood is one of the classics of The Socialite Family, as is its coffee table version. Discover this model in full colour.

A vintage-inspired look

The Socialite Family brand’s aesthetic is all about her: Constance Gennari, our founder and artistic director, who, thanks to her Franco-Italian roots, has acquired a unique sensibility where her background and a design culture punctuated by vintage inspirations come together.

The Carlotta occasional table pays a vibrant tribute to this. And also to the 20th-century French designer, Charlotte Perriand, to whom this design with its Italian name refers. A strong woman, with a prolific and fascinating output, who paid great attention to the details of her creations. With ours, it is the colourful and, above all, the shiny lacquered finish of the beechwood legs that makes the difference. So the Carlotta occasional table is sure to find a home in both large and small spaces. Play with scale by putting it alongside a Carlotta coffee table for the most precious and glossy look imaginable.

Ideal finishes for a piece that is both classic and modern

The Carlotta occasional table is a fusion of carved wood and lacquer. It strikes the perfect balance between the renowned skills of our specialist craftsmen and a timeless look that will fit in beautifully in your home:

• Frame in lacquered beech wood made in Italy: black, red or green. An elegant carved wooden structure illuminated by the lacquer. In the same way as on our coffee table and our Gioia table lamp.

• Height 50 cm – Diameter 50 cm: the perfect size, which makes the Carlotta occasional table ideal for both large and small spaces.

Carlotta, an occasional table to suit all tastes

Perfect as a bedside table, or as a side table for your living room, beside your bookshelves, in your hall or your office, the Carlotta can be used alone or in combination.

So it’s over to you to use the mirror effect of its lacquer to add the finishing touch your decoration or to complete the scene you’ve already started to set with its counterpart, the coffee table. With its smooth, pleasant feel and curved shape, the sculptural look of the Carlotta occasional table bis both calming and fascinating. It will be endlessly admired.

Know more
Shop now
The Socialite Family Black Panchina Bench, Black Metal 580,00€ Know more
Shop now
Salon Bibliothèque Appartement Paris Margaux Avril de Fouchier
Portrait Appartement Paris Margaux Avril de Fouchier

Margaux, can you introduce yourself, please?

Margaux

I’m 28 years old, I’m French-American, and I’ve always been a Parisian. I’m inquisitive and passionate, I feel as if I’ve already lived several lives! Notably that of a singer with an album entitled “Instantanés” in French, released by Universal, and then in English (this time self-produced) after (and during) my photography studies! Then, life intervened, and I took an essential break to enjoy and take care of my family. Vestiaire Collective came looking for me, wanting me to become their Head of Social, which I was for two and a half years. Now I’m a freelancer in the same field (art direction and digital communication strategy) mostly for Maison Matisse. Multidisciplinary, hyper-sensitive, crazy in love, greedy, I love to learn, discover, meet, travel and have several projects on the go at the same time. I attach a great deal of importance to open-mindedness, kindness, ethics, ecology and the sensibilities of others!

You are a creative person at heart. Where does that come from?

Margaux

I think it comes of having very sensitive parents, especially my father, who was an architect. He instilled in my sisters and me a particular interest in “beauty”, as subjective as it may be. I think my inherited sensitivity gives me the need to express myself in some way. Albert Camus used to say, “To create is to live twice”, and I particularly like this sentiment, which represents the almost vital need to express what’s in our heads, what touches us, moves us, shocks us, inspires and fascinates us… I could go on and on with the list!

Does this dual nationality (Franco-American) influence your art?

Margaux

Yes, my art… of living! Plurality, openness, the desire to cross (and help others to cross) bridges. I think I feel the influence in my curiosity, in the journey, in the love of being stimulated by discovery, learning, multiple experiences. I feel it in music, with the desire and the need to express myself in both languages, with the influence of Anglo-Saxon sounds, English, which I sometimes even prefer for saying things simply… Maybe having grown up with two entirely different cultures has accentuated my sensitivity, my listening, my gaze, and has whetted my appetite to taste, see, listen, hear, feel… I don’t know if dual nationality has influenced my art directly, but it’s most certainly influenced who I am… and my art as a result perhaps?! (Laughs)

Margaux de Fouchier and Léonard Bouix
Salon Appartement Paris Margaux Avril de Fouchier
Margaux Avril #5
The Socialite Family Black Gioia Table Lamp 450,00€

Gioia table lamp, with a black lacquered beechwood lamp base and a white cream pleated cotton shade. Lamp base also available in red or green lacquer. Gioia… The name of our brand new lamp is as soft as the light that emanates from it. Gioia. Joy. The joy of casting a gentle glow over a mantelpiece, at the end of a sofa or on a bedside table. The Gioia will become indispensable, wherever you place it. With its sophisticated design, the sculptural form of its base suggesting a flower and its pleated shade reminiscent of an elegant dress, Gioia is a signature piece. A shining example of the savoir-faire so dear to our hearts at The Socialite Family which is exemplified in the choice of materials and finishes. The shiny lacquer juxtaposed with and enhancing the wood and the matt cotton which set the tone. The promise of a piece that is madly modern, yet retro at the same time.

  • Dimensions: 12x25cm for the base, 29x29cm for the shade
  • Materials: lacquered beechwood and cotton
  • Colour: black for the base, white cream for the shade
  • Lighting: E27 (not included)
  • Power supply: 230 V – wall outlet (black textile cord and black plastic switch)
  • Variable intensity: no
  • Made in Italy

PRE-ORDER : Available in pre-order with a mid-Mai delivery. The carrier will contact you directly to arrange a delivery date and time. If you have any questions, please contact us on shop@thesocialitefamily.com. ORDER WITH CONFIDENCE: You have 14 days to change your mind and return your order. To do so, please contact us on shop@thesocialitefamily.com quoting your order number and we will answer you as soon as possible with the procedure to follow. We will refund your order once we will have received your returned items. PRO SERVICE: Are you an architect, a decorator or an interior designer? We have a service adapted to your specific needs. Please do not hesitate to contact us on shop@thesocialitefamily.com for all quotes or custom orders.

Know more
Shop now

What inspires you on an everyday basis?

Margaux

I can honestly be inspired by anything, as long as it touches me, resonates with me, challenges me. Even by what I don’t like. It’s like making mistakes, it’s a learning experience. What inspires me every day is light, and the way it plays on colours and materials. Of course, subtlety and poetry are subjective, but these are what move me the most. Nevertheless, I would say that Stephen Shore has been a revelation in photography. Henri Matisse whom I’m (re)discovering, particularly since I work with Maison Matisse, for his optimism, his tireless work, his passion, his colours, his love of calligraphy. James Blake, The Strokes, Arcade Fire, Max Richter… When it comes to music, it’s difficult to define a style or any one artist in particular; that’s why I update my Spotify playlists regularly! In the cinema… Xavier Dolan with “Lawrence Anyways”,  Paolo Sorrentino with “Youth”, or François Truffaut with “The Man Who Loved Women”. Then there’s Wes Anderson, or even Milos Forman with “Amadeus”, which must be the movie I saw most frequently as a teenager!

Are there any similarities, a Margaux de Fouchier “imprint” in your songs as there is in your photographs and your work as a curator?

Margaux

I would say that imprint is to be found what makes your heart beat faster, which for me also means sincerity, spontaneity. It exists in sensitivity, in poetry. It’s sunny, warm, luminous and very personal.

How about at home, what is your style there?

Margaux

Eclectic! It’s done and “undone”, influenced by time, discoveries, needs. Above all, I don’t think that it follows any “trend”. It’s more constructed of personal, family objects, souvenirs from travels, favourites and so on. Not everything necessarily goes together, but we do try to create harmony in this “joyful mess”. I think, in the end, that results in a very personal, intimate, and therefore warm decor.

Tell us the story of this apartment. Whereabouts is it, and what is special about it?

Margaux

It was an apartment where friends lived, and my lover had spotted it a few years ago. We were lucky enough to get it back! It’s an attic apartment with an extraordinary view of Paris. On the one hand, it feels like a country house with its wood panelling and staircases, and on the other, it feels like an isolated lighthouse, high up, with this view over the rooftops, and hardly overlooked at all. The light is exceptional. I have a special place for admiring the sunsets. I have a particular affection and feeling for them (we once shared an emotional, almost sacred one with my parents). The building itself is magnificent, and it’s listed. We’re in the 6th arrondissement, which is a neighbourhood that I’ve hardly ever left… It’s a cocoon, a gem!

Portrait Appartement Paris Margaux Avril de Fouchier
Salon Appartement Paris Margaux Avril de Fouchier Salon Livres Appartement Paris Margaux Avril de Fouchier
Salon Appartement Paris Margaux Avril de Fouchier
Salon Appartement Paris Margaux Avril de Fouchier
Portrait Appartement Paris Margaux Avril de Fouchier

You’ve just moved in – how did you want to furnish it?

Margaux

We kept some furniture we already had from our previous apartment. We wanted to play with proportions and depths, because it’s not easy with an apartment structured like ours. So we wanted to have a large dining room table that would play an important part in our life because it serves as both a large desk and a beautiful table to welcome our guests, which is very important to us. We wanted to have a room that is as warm as possible, by creating different areas. The office area, the reading area, the sitting area… and the dining room. The two armchairs were, respectively, given to us by our friends, the coffee tables are antique, and we have a few vintage lamps that have been brought up to date, as well as finds from travels, antique dealers and the internet

What is (are) the piece(s) you dream of owning?

Margaux

A coffee table in stone, marble or travertine, a creation by Guy Bareff, a wood floor by Haos, an armchair or sofa by Plumy, a mirror by Mathias Kiss, everything on display at Béton Brut by Sophie Pearce (to put it simply!), a carafe from Maison Matisse, a cabinet or console by Mathieu Lehanneur… I’ ve got a long wishlist!

And the one(s) you could never be without?

Margaux

Above all, it would be all the “trinkets” that we accumulate over the years, travels… Objects that come from our families, with whom we grew up. And the two armchairs (one Pierre Paulin, the other by AMPM) that were given to us by our friends.

Where will we see you this year?

Margaux

A little bit everywhere I hope, because that’s what I like, the intersections between worlds and experiences! But always at Maison Matisse, and in many other collaborations.

And in the meantime, where might we bump into you?

Margaux

At Augustin Marchand d’vins, which is, as its name suggests, a great wine merchant with fresh products to taste just down the road from us. At the Golfe de Naples, a little Italian that doesn’t look like much but the food is delicious, and they’re very nice. Also at the Sancerre Rive Gauche, which some friends have just opened, at Margùs, or at the little Célestin. Same thing, my list is a long one!

Salon Appartement Paris Margaux Avril de Fouchier
Salon Appartement Paris Margaux Avril de Fouchier Salon Appartement Paris Margaux Avril de Fouchier
Margaux Avril #4
Margaux Avril #3
Portrait Appartement Paris Margaux Avril de Fouchier Vue Appartement Paris Margaux Avril de Fouchier

Inspiration déco...

Élise Chalmin and Rodrigue Brault, <br>Léonard 3 months old

Élise Chalmin and Rodrigue Brault,
Léonard 3 months old

2020 needs to end under an new light: optimism! We trusted our instincts on this one. And one name has been on our minds. That of Élise Chalmin. As a designer who creates colourful, laid-back pieces and founder of her self-name brand,...

You may also like

Julien Sebbag et Julien Sebban-52
Family - Paris

Julien Sebbag by Julien Sebban

The joy, the sharing. The cheerful colours, the warmth of a traditional dish. As the end of year celebrations approach, certain values...

In the centre of Paris, a small space that's relaxed, colourful and...

No comment

Add your comment

Newsletter

Captured Moments. Interiors. Personalities. Every week, just for you.