Step off Palermo Soho's busy Gorriti street — careful crossing the bike lane — into this Parisian-inspired design sanctuary. From the street entrance, an ethereal open-air passageway leads you past lush greenery and the petite courtyard café Decata, a popular spot for afternoon tea. Though the Paul French Gallery (despite the name, more of a home store than a conventional art gallery) inhabits a soaring industrial space consisting of two levels and a greenhouse-style annex, the spaces within it — devoted to bed, bath, kitchen, bar, and the like —are delightfully cozy and romantic. It’s like an old-fashioned house owned by those fashionable friends from Provence you never had.
Decorator Pablo Chiappori is, in fact, the mind behind Paul French: his vision, on alluring display in the gallery, mixes high and low, new and vintage, old- and new-world, international labels and local designers. Walk through the gallery to peruse retro glassware, artisanal soaps, crystal chandeliers, leather stools, rustic ceramic bowls, and fragrant bunches of lavender bound with twine. It's a shot of aspirational living: Argentinian-style, by way of France.
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