This Paint Color Is Universally Flattering, Says Pierre Hardy—Here's Proof

Updated 02/16/17
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New York Fashion Week might be in full swing, but if we were designer Pierre Hardy, we'd never consider leaving home. Hardy, a fashion icon known for his eponymous brand and work at Balenciaga and Dior, opened his doors to WSJ. Magazine for an exclusive home tour—and yes, the Parisian pad is everything we'd hoped it would be (and more).

Journalist Alexandra Marshall likens visiting the duplex, nestled in the Marais neighborhood of Paris, to walking into one of Hardy's handbags. "It's not just the cube-shaped eyes on his Daniel Arsham painting—evoking the 3-D cube print the designer has used every season for the past six years," she writes. "Graphic lines are everywhere, rendered more dramatic against copious amounts of black."

It only takes one glance at his home tour to see that Hardy has a favorite hue. "Black is not a choice because I find it more beautiful than anything else," he says. "Other things look better against it."

Take a look inside Pierre Hardy's effortlessly cool Parisian home:

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Hardy bought the duplex 13 years ago and designed the space in reaction to his last home. "I used to have a very, very big space," he tells says of his former 2000-square-foot abode. "In the morning I'd wake up and think, God, I'm so tiny! When I was looking for a new place, I wanted something cozier."

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The home is peppered with designer and flea market furniture, all in varying shades of charcoal and onyx.

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The bedroom is one of the standout spaces in the duplex, boasting a dramatic black-and-white color palette.

Matthieu Salvaing for The Wall Street Journal

Copper and brass home accessories radiate against the monochrome space, looking more like jewelry than common objects.

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