7 Quai Malaquais is not just a tonied shopping address. Dries Van Noten himself transformed the 17th-century space into an elegant apartment to house his private art collection "as it would have naturally evolved from the 17th to the 21st centuries.”
The split-level store features works like an 18th-century Antwerp cabinet in ebony and tortoiseshell, a 19th-century Japanese black lacquer cabinet and a retro ’50s sofa covered in Prelle fabric. This, all spread about in a library and balcony, a dressing room, a drawing room and a conservatory.
Don’t bother asking the staff about the provenance of the pieces—their expertise rests with the print-heavy, avant-garde women’s clothes and accessories. Van Noten is known for his unconventional approach to fashion design by mixing genres and cultural references. Quite the same way, he has fluidly mixed fashion and the decorative arts in a space that will attract design aficionados and fashionistas alike.