109 bd Beaumarchais
Merci steps outside the confines of its store to convert its art de vivre to a unique apartment: Le Pied-à-terre.
It was a dream. To be able to truly inhabit a place, to transpose a state of mind and a set of values—a love of elegant, useful and everyday objects—into real life, whose art would be to convey the originality and soul of each object a little better every day.
115 m2 steeped in history
Merci chose a typically Parisian period apartment on Boulevard Beaumarchais.
Steeped in history, the apartment’s 115m2 lend themselves perfectly to the role, coming alive with and for Merci.
In the kitchen, the 300 tomette floor tiles are of the period. The space left by tiles that were too damaged to be used was filled with concrete.
The Merci approach is twofold: to reveal existing, original features in their initial state. And when it is not possible to reveal, a solution is found in contemporary style.
Fakery, imitation, pretence and counterfeit are all out of the question.
This is a philosophy-driven approach.
Work of Art
Works of art chosen by the School Gallery in collaboration with the Merci team are on display in the apartment.
Olivier Castaing, founder of the School Gallery, is a pioneer who has championed established artists and young talent from all walks of life for over ten years.
Its gallery is a place of discovery accessible to all.
The appeal of Le Pied-à-terre lies in its abundance of original character.
Dating back to the late 19th century, specifically to 1870, the main rooms have remained intact. From the stained-glass window in the bathroom to the fireplaces, every original detail that could be preserved, has been preserved.