Inside a Vibrant Paris Apartment Where White Walls Were a No-Go

Exuberance and joy guided Uchronia designer Julien Sebban in crafting the colorful wonderland he shares with husband, Jonathan Wray
Inside a Vibrant Paris Apartment Where White Walls Were a NoGo
Sebban (right) and Wray in the guest room/lounge, where walls are encrusted with stars and a lamp by James Rigler for The New Craftsmen.Photo: Matthew Avignone

“All around us you see glimpses of projects,” he continues, pointing to the many bespoke furnishings, some concepts in progress, that populate the apartment. There are textile experiments for a new line with Prelle, a side table in the form of a giant tassel with trimmings by Passementerie Verrier, and a snaking onyx-and-resin dining table that took six months to develop. Notes Sebban: “It can seat 16, but you still feel close to everyone.” In the kitchen, an industrial stainless-steel island complements a tortoiseshell-like wall of glitter-embedded resin and a backsplash of printed tiles that Sebban created with Dutch maker Studio GdB. “Those only took two weeks to produce.” Sebban gushes of the happy blue-and-green motif.

In the primary bath, Uchronia transformed a vintage vanity with a slab of pink marble cut to resemble a cloud, like the custom-made mirror above it.

Photo: Felix Dol Maillot

A Maison Royère armchair sits with an Edra sofa and Uchronia cocktail tables, stool, and chandelier.

Photo: Felix Dol Maillot

“Take a look!” Though it’s hard to know where to look first. Mixed among his own creations are an array of eye-catching vintage treasures, many of them scored at the nearby Paris flea market. Antique candelabra sconces wear custom shades of pale pistachio while a handsome suite of Frank Lloyd Wright dining chairs are upholstered with lustrous floral satin. The fusion glass seen in the dining area’s 1980s console table (now used as a bar) inspired Sebban to develop a similar technique with French craftspeople. Today, a year after the couple moved in, the apartment is still in constant motion, its furniture arrangements ever-changing. Wray, in particular, loves cooking and hosting parties. “The idea is to entertain in a playful way,” Sebban clarifies. “Nothing is formal. For my 30th birthday we just filled up the counter with food and hung out.” Shoes off, comme d’habitude.

Julien Sebban and Jonathan Wray’s Paris apartment appears in AD’s February 2024 issue. Never miss an issue when you subscribe to AD.