- September 5, 2021
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Jacques Grange didn’t touch a thing when he moved into his home in 1990. It’s an apartment in the Palais-Royal, Paris, that once belonged to the French author Colette, and is the only duplex to take in an impressive sweep – he tells me over Zoom, making a whooshing sound – of the Bourse right down to the Louvre.
The 77-year-old interior designer says at first: “I wanted to respect her. Then 15 years later I thought, ‘I can do what I want.’ I don’t mean that I destroyed the flat. But I thought to myself, ‘It’s my turn now.’ ” Having read The Blue Lantern, he recognised many of the details Colette referred to: the light in certain rooms, the atmosphere and waking up
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