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  • Sibylle de Margerie

    Sibylle de Margerie

    A certain idea of luxury

    With discretion, the interior decorator and ambassadress of a contemporary lifestyle undertakes projects across the globe, allying comfort with gentle femininity. A book today celebrates her particular style, all in nuances. By Eric JansenShe has just completed the Mont Blanc hotel’s penthouse in Chamonix, following on from Le Cœur de Megève ... Sybille de Margerie is at home in the mountains. It was on the snow- capped peaks that in 2006 her career took an important leap forward with the inauguration...

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  • The impact of lockdown on luxury realty

    The impact of lockdown on luxury realty

      Analysis carried out by Daniel Féau and Belles demeures de France between the 8th and 15th of May 2020, questioning 902 potential buyers who were, prior to lockdown, actively seeking to acquire an asset in Paris or the nearby western suburbs.The principal results of the study: 1. The percentage of buyers intending to pursue their project is higher than we anticipated.Only 10.40% of those questioned have put their project on standby, and 7.40% have not yet come to a decision.82.20%...

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  • Hygiene measures against Covid-19

    Our agencies are open again!

    Our precautions in time of COVID-19

    To protect youself and our team members, please take note of these strict hygiene measures which shall be applied in our agencies and during visits.OUR AGENCIES AND TEAM MEMBERSThanks to our proven tools allowing for telecommuting, our team members remain totally operational. All are equipped with AFNOR approved category 1 facemasks.Our agencies reopened on May 11th 2020 with their usual opening hours. All visitors are requested to wear a facemask and hand sanitiser is provided at the entrance to...

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  • Hervé van der Straeten

    Hervé van der Straeten

    Precious modernity

    The refinement of his furniture combining ebony and bronze, lacquer and parchment shows a remarkably virtuoso know-how. But Hervé van der Straeten also calls upon formal research methods which never cease to surprise. By Eric JansenFirst there was Turbulences, then Débauche, Distorsion and Dissonances... The names may suggest a somewhat disordered creative outpouring while the reality is, in fact, quite the opposite. Few, if any, are more self-controlled than this man. There are, however, two sides...

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  • The Paul-Louis Weiller Sale

    The Paul-Louis Weiller Sale

    The taste of a hedonist

    Soupière du service Orloff par Jacques-Nicolas Roëttiers, 1770.On June 17th, Christie’s shall auction some of the treasures collected by Commander Paul-Louis Weiller, with collections that are as flamboyant as the life he lived. By Éric JansenHe died on December 6th, 1993, two months after celebrating his 100th birthday. An aviation hero during the First World War, officer of the Legion d'Honneur at the age of 25, a remarkable captain of industry, first of all in the construction of aircraft engine...

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  • Coronavirus: "The Parisian real estate market will not collapse"

    LEPOINT.FR - BY BRUNO MONIER-VINARD ON THE 02/04/2020

    "A significant drop in prices is highly unlikely in the capital's luxury property market, assures the Daniel Féau group's CEO Charles-Marie Jottras.Charles-Marie Jottras, CEO of the Daniel Féau-Belles Demeures de France group, Parisian leader in luxury real estate with some 110 employees, predicts a relatively serene future for the premium Ile-de-France market.Le Point: How is the epidemic affecting your activity?Charles-Marie Jottras: People are nervous, anxious, it's a bit of a mess. Everyone is...

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  • The Parisian market for assets sold at prices in excess of 1 million euro

    The Parisian market for assets sold at prices in excess of 1 million euro

    IS THE PRICE RISE IN PARIS ARTIFICIAL?

    Over 12 months, the Parisian real estate market has attained around 20 billion euro in sales, of which around 4.5 billion were for assets at prices exceeding 1 million euro. The latter represents about 3,000 sales in Paris out of a total of 37,000 sales, or some 8% of the market. Assets priced at above 2 million euro represent less than 500 transactions.The Paris luxury market is therefore a relatively narrow market. The average price per square meter in Paris has tripled in 20 years and, according...

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  • Saint-Barthélemy, luxury real estate, infinity pool

    The Renaissance

    St. Barthélemy

    Ravaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017, the island has bounced back and by the end of the year the island’s finest hotels should have reopened. A great opportunity for a holiday, or perhaps to purchase a delightful property. By Eric JansenDoes St. Barts really need any presentation? This jewel of the Caribbean, with its omnipresent nature, its twenty or so sandy beaches, it’s harbour where the most beautiful yachts are moored, and its luxurious and yet relaxed atmosphere that makes it so charming? Unquestionably,...

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  • Joseph Achkar Michel Charrière Decorators History

    Recreating the past

    Joseph Achkar and Michel Charrière

    From Place de la Concorde to the Auvergne via the Marais, these decorators undertake projects in which history is the major player. By Eric JansenFor many years they worked in the utmost discretion with only a privileged few knowing where to actually find them. In 2000, Joseph Achkar and Michel Charrière embarked upon on a colossal project: reviving the historic Hôtel de Gesvres which had become a bank’s head office... Today, the seventeenth century building seems to have survived the passing of...

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  • Cécile Verdier, Christie's France, Auction house

    A woman at the head of Christie's

    Cécile Verdier

    After ten years at Sotheby's, she has just taken over the management of Christie's France. An appointment announcing a new era. By Eric JansenWe remember her blushing with pleasure as Jacques Grange heaped effusive praise on her. It was November 2017 and the decorator had a good reason to be delighted: the sale of his collection which had been estimated at around 10 million had achieved over 28 million euro. A remarkable success which he naturally attributed to a large extent to Cécile Verdier. For...

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