HOUSE PROUD: Bringing the concept of the yard sale to new heights, designer Vincent Darré has emptied out the contents of his Rue de Bellechasse apartment for a Piasa sale due to take place in Paris Wednesday, titled “Vincent Darré, Extravagance Dadaiste.” Lots range from personal items including a mechanical doll from Darré’s childhood and antiques sourced in the Paris flea markets to early Maison Darré designs.
During a preview Monday night, items were showcased in spaces styled to resemble the rooms of an apartment spread across two floors of the auction house’s Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré headquarters. The approach mirrors a new concept being prepared by Darré, who just got the keys to a new 1,800-square-foot apartment on Paris’ Rue Royale, where all the rooms will be done out as if he lived there. The by-appointment space, which boasts 18th-century paneling and Versailles parquet, is to open next spring. “I’ll entertain guests there, it’s a new way of showing my designs, made in collaboration with French artisans. It’s a new adventure,” said Darré, who is working on the interior of an undisclosed restaurant and preparing a book with Rizzoli for next fall. “It will be like a scrapbook, touching on my designs and various projects I’ve done with friends.”
“I’ve been to his house so many times, it’s so funny to see everything here,” said Valérie Lemercier, eyeing up a brass light fitting in the form of a grasshopper. The actress said she’s working on a film about a 50-year-old woman who goes back to live with her parents – “a bourgeoise from the 16th arrondissement who’s been dumped by her husband and has lost her job.”
“We’ve been friends since 20 years. He used to do all the stage costumes for all of my performances and movies, then he switched, he always does. Every time Vincent does something, it’s like a happening,” said singer and actress Arielle Dombasle, who recently staged a concert at the Grand Palais with Nicolas Ker. Next up, Dombasle , who wore a star-print pantsuit by Marie Beltrami, is working on a new movie that she’ll star in and direct entitled “Alien Crystal Palace,” with Beltrami and Darré to design the costumes and sets. “I adore his black lacquer works and there’s a lamp downstairs with three lotuses climbing to the sky that is amazing,” she said, adding that all of her husband Bernard-Henri Lévy’s desks are by Darré. “What I love is that he doesn’t have a commercial bone in him, he is an artist, a true spirit of the Dadaïst era. Everything he does is unique, it’s very daring; he’s someone who looks at the world with such an exquisite eye.”