“Curated to me means to edit in a soulful, thoughtful and meaningful way so that the collection serves all the demands and aspirations that people want and need from it,” shares Bianca Monzon-Cueva. Located on Avenue de Suffren on the border of the 7th and 15th arrondissements, her stunning flat seamlessly blends that iconic Haussmann architecture with sleek modern pieces resulting in that effortless Parisian chic.
“Modern, timeless and functional,” she declares, when asked to give a description of her aesthetic. “I am very much attracted to clean neutrals, structured lines and timeless vintage pieces that must still effortlessly serve the needs and feel of a modern home. Even the occasional quirky statement piece will not detract from this style. Conversely, I am not at all into old, heavy looking antiques!”
The three-bedroom flat where she lives with her Ecuadorian-French husband Paul Cueva-Gamard and their two daughters, nine-year-old Albane and six-year-old Garance, has all the allure of classic Haussmann style with high ceilings, a gleaming chevron parquet and intricate mouldings. Monzon-Cueva worked with the interior architect, Jean-Christophe Peyrieux, to renovate and design the space. “I came to his team with peg files for each room illustrating the practical and aesthetic details I wanted to achieve, down to sketching the inside of each storage and nit-picking on the colour scheme,” she shares. “The Peyrieux team came armed, as well, with a lot of excellent ideas plus their set of trusted vendors, really having down pat that modern Parisian flat look that you can see from their portfolio of projects online. It was truly such a great synchronicity and tango of our tastes and sensibilities that till today, we both feel very rewarded with the results.”
Currently sitting as the programme manager of the LVMH Chair at the prestigious ESSEC Business School and co-founder of Agence Le Bon Mot, an agency working to establish Philippine accessory brands in Europe, Monzon-Cueva is deeply rooted in the fashion industry. Which, for her, means a meticulous attention to detail. “My early career was in product development and right before I moved to Paris, I was in charge of managing the Boys’ collection for Ralph Lauren’s special projects such as Wimbledon and Olympic uniforms,” she shares. “The clothing would sometimes have up to ten different embellishments, and we would painstakingly review each detail from the shades of colour on the fabric and trims, the size and shape of each logo, number and patch and the placement of each throughout the sizes. You can imagine the meticulous level of detail that goes into work like that.” She further explains how this translated into the decorating of her home.