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Location: Yvelines, France
Price: € 3,970,000 (~$4,446,836)
For the worthy buyer with a spare $4.4 million, this alluring interwar treasure offers undiluted, perfectly-preserved Art Deco delights. Commissioned by bon vivant fashion designer Paul Poiret, the mansion was designed by architect Robert Mallet-Stevens. Known for De Stijl architectural follies for the wealthy and avant-garde film sets, Mallet-Stevens only designed a handful of villas throughout his career, which makes this a rare breed. After years of abandonment in the '20s and '30s and ownership changes, the home was finally completed by another architect, Paul Boyer, following the original designs. Villa Paul Poiret, which sits on 9 expansive acres, underwent a refined, subtle renovation under the tutelage of a master architect from France's "Monuments Historiques," returning the whitewashed villa to its original glory.
Filled to the brim with right angles and polished wood, Villa Paul Poiret offers a perfect Art Deco time capsule recalling the stylings of the Parisian jet set — wide picture windows with black metal frames meet porthole windows, while the silhouette is reminiscent of a cruise-liner. "All the materials were brought to the work site and the house grew out of the ground like a living plant under the tender care of its prestigious architect, Mallet-Stevens. It was all white, pure, majestic and a little provocative, just like a lily," is how Paul Poiret, quite aptly, describes the project.