Interior of the new Chahan Gallery with a ceramic wall by Peter Lane.
Photo: Jérémie Beylard and Vincent Luc

Hôtel de Crillon Designer Chahan Minassian Opens New Paris Gallery

The Beirut-born talent will open a space in Venice with London antiquities dealer Colnaghi

On the rue de Lille in Paris, Chahan Gallery presides as a monochromatic sanctuary rich with textures and materials. Inside its new expansion, a creamy monolithic ceramic wall by Peter Lane dominates the space yet doesn’t distract from the quiet beauty of a rock-crystal screen or a leather-on-suede marquetry console.

“All of this sets an atmosphere of comfort and serenity that is characteristic of the interiors I design,” says founder Chahan Minassian, who recently gained much acclaim for the elaborate spaces he devised for the renovation of the famed Hôtel de Crillon.

Chahan Minassian’s new Chahan Gallery in Paris. Photo: Jérémie Beylard and Vincent Luc

Minassian’s original location next door is a curation of vintage finds and offers an up-close look at the design pieces that make the Beirut-born talent—who is currently planning a collaboration with antiquities dealer Colnaghi in Venice—one of the world’s most in-demand architects, antiquaires, and furniture designers. 

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Chahan Minassian and Colnaghi are collaborating on an installation on Venice’s Abbazia di San Gregorio during this year’s biennale Photo: Jose Manuel Alorda

Colnaghi and Chahan are also collaborating on a project during this year’s Venice Biennale—the creation of a “21st-century traveller” apartment on the historic Abbazia di San Gregorio. The space—which will open May 11 and be available to view by appointment until November 24—will incorporate master paintings with modern and vintage furnishings and other decorative objects.

Chahan and Colnaghi’s installation during La Biennale di Venezia celebrating the timeless appeal and enduring legacy of the Grand Tour Photo: Jose Manuel Alorda

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2019 Spring Issue in the section The Artful Life. Subscribe to the magazine.

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