elledeco– With its emerald-green facade, striped awning, and rooms lined with 1940s oak shelving, the Parisian artist and designer Marin Montagut’s new Left Bank boutique is the perfect introduction to his whimsical world. Inside, the sage-hued walls encompass a veritable garden of delights—from porcelain plates embellished with Montagut’s watercolor illustrations of French gardens and tarot-card motifs, to silk scarves imprinted with his signature maps of Parisian neighborhoods and parks, to glassware hand-painted with images of chairs or flowers.
Certainly, there is no greater embodiment of the bohemian Parisian than Montagut himself. Clad in his uniform of striped marinière shirt, blue worker’s jacket, and faded jeans, the artist can be spotted cruising around town on his navy Vespa as he navigates from his production studio in Montmartre to his apartment in the 11th arrondissement to his shop on rue Madame. Born in Toulouse, he was reared in a family of antiques dealers and worked for the French decorator Christian Sapet, whose 20th-century vintage shop in the Saint-Ouen flea market is a must-stop for everyone from designers to movie set decorators. It was there that he met style icon Ines de la Fressange, a friend of Sapet’s and a weekend antiquer. “I learned very quickly that Marin had many talents!” says de la Fressange, who teamed up with the artist on several projects, most recently their best-selling book Maison: Parisian Chic at Home. “Even then, he had an astonishing eye.”