When Swiss corporate lawyer Martin Hatebur first moved to Paris over 21 years ago – with a newfound passion for art collecting in tow – he landed in the perfect apartment overlooking the Seine. The first work he acquired, a Christopher Wool painting of flowers on paper, still has pride of place in the flat. (Not bad for a first purchase, either.) Since then, his collecting has only increased, and along the way, Hatebur became president of the Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland’s oldest and most active space for contemporary art. Additionally, he also sits on the board for the recently opened Lafayette Anticipations – the Galeries Lafayette’s art foundation – and on another board for Swiss art collectors. Without question, Hatebur is a man who knows and loves his art.
The typically Parisian apartment is full of windows and light, with spectacular views of the Seine. There are no curtains or shades in any of the public rooms – only specially tinted films to protect all of the art. When he moved in, Hatebur kept the original floor plan, merely painting and refinishing the floors. Every room is hung with art and filled with pieces from his design collection, which includes works by Prouvé, Perriand, and rare Scandinavian lamps. Asked about sourcing design pieces, the homeowner says, “My first choice is always with galleries: It’s important to make sure everything is right.” He opts for pieces, he adds, “which you can really use and sit on.”
In the dining room, a monastery table is surrounded by chairs by Jean Prouvé and lit from above by a lamp by Danish designer Verner Panton. Hanging on the left wall is a large painting by Joe Bradley, and in the back, a white work by Nick Mauss, both American artists.