Thomas Ruff’s photograph Substrat 24 I dominates the living room of designer Jamie Drake’s Manhattan apartment, whose walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Sidewalk Gray, with a Venetian-plaster finish by the Alpha Workshops.

In the master bedroom of fashion designer Stefano Pilati’s Paris duplex, colorful photographs by Jeff Burton flank the granite mantel, which is topped with a collection of objects.

French interiors provide a stunning blend of sophistication that borrows from a variety of different styles, incorporating bold new styles that blend seamlessly with more traditional designs to provide a...

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