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Nestled in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, in an area known as the Village d’Auteuil near the city’s western edge, rue Mallet-Stevens feels resolutely un-Parisian. Far from the French capital’s traditional Haussmannian style, the modernist cul-de-sac, named after its architect, Robert Mallet-Stevens, once had critic Jean Gallotti ponder whether he may have been visiting another country. “The other day, in this lovely area of Auteuil, I thought I was transported to Morocco, in the new capital, where the chalk cubes of administrative palaces shine among pepper trees under the Mauritanian light,” Gallotti wrote after the street’s inauguration in the summer of 1927. Indeed, one can easily imagine how—with its unconventional mix of geometric shapes and white concrete walls pi...

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