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Best Modern Hotspots in Paris

Rounding up our favorite apartments, designers, itineraries, and sites to see in Paris, the French capital of culture.

1. Renowned horticulturalist and green wall designer Patrick Blanc created a 20' x 23' vertical garden for his friends, the Dimanche family, in their Left Bank apartment.

2. Stylist Jean-Christophe Aumas's flat is an example in curating and arranging. A vintage 1950s credenza discovered in Paris supports three works by Aumas and two Sol LeWitt–inspired cubes used in one of his window displays. The daybed is an eBay purchase reupholstered in fabric from Kvadrat and the dark paint is from Dulux Valentine. Aumas found the photographer’s lamp at a Brussels flea market.

3. 51 rue Raynouard, an apartment block in the Passy district of Paris designed and built in 1932 by Auguste Perret—as modern as ever thanks to an interior rehabilitation by architect Dutch architect Felix Claus.

3. Near Place des Vosges, designers Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas inhabit a flat that pays homage to modern French design with original Jean Prouvé furniture.

4. American fiber artist Sheila Hicks's year-long installation at the Palais de Tokyo (Hicks's studio is situated in the 6th arrondissement). The constantly-evolving Baoli—whose title references the immense, stair-stepped wells dug into the ground throughout western India—comprises 1,500 pounds of pigmented Sunbrella thread, bound together with acrylic net.

5. When you go home with a gallery director, chances are you'll see a lot of chairs. Case in point is the apartment of Didier Krzentowski of Galerie Kreo, who lives in a turn-of-the-century building bordering the Seine.

6. French architect Odile Decq designed Phantom restaurant, which is located inside the Palais Garnier, built in 1875 to house the Paris Opera.

7. ToolsGalerie, in the Marais, is a favorite of Erwan Bouroullec for its dedication to showing the work of young French designers.

8. Iconoclastic designer Matali Crasset, whose office is located in Paris's 10th arrondissement, designed the supersaturated, juiced-up tech hotel Hi-Matic nearby. (For a project outside of town, see Dwell's story on a farmhouse Crasset renovated for a Parisian jewelry editor.)

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