Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fresh Spirit... On the sunny morning, the residence of the French Consulate General in Shanghai begins with this refreshing sun room and tells you how to create a fusion of design and art, history and modernity.

This building is also known as the Villa Basset, located in the heart of the former French Concession, quietly behind the tall iron gate. The apartment was built in 1921 and is named according to its first owner, French broker Lucien Basset. The villa now lives with the French Consul General in Shanghai Axel Cruau and his wife Dourène Cassam-Chenai and their young two children. As early as 2015, Dourène is about to move here to feel both excited and difficult. At the same time, I was a bit difficult, as a consulate, but also the French mansion in Shanghai, has ushered in thousands of international visitors, including the president, the minister, the Minister of the United States, Scientists, artists and business people. "
Dourène wants to make the house more modern elements of life, and hope to fully respect the historical and cultural heritage here. "I have to balance the past and the present, the public and the private side," she said. "I want this house to be the official gateway to the people of France and to the outside world." Dourène is a Parisian, Living in Reunion, Germany, Beijing, Paris, Los Angeles, well versed in the art of cultural fusion. "I and my husband hope that through this official residence, to our Chinese friends and guests to show the best of France: creativity, the art of life and modernity.