The 19th Century 100 sqm family sized apartment in the 7th Arrondissement (Rue de Lille) of Paris has been newly refurbished to suit the needs of a Parisian based fashion designer and african art collector. The space, although primarily a private residence was conceived to be a social space where the designer could potentially host intimate industry events associated with her profession.
The aim was to create two distinct areas: the first one more public, with living room, cooking space and guest bathroom and the second one more private, housing a master bedroom with dressing room, a guest bedroom and a private bathrooms for each room.
The pre-existing interior partition walls of the flat were removed to create larger spaces in a new arrangement with a clear separation between private and more public zones. The threshold between these two zones is a vestibule, which separates areas.
One major requirement from the client was that the cooking space would have to be as inconspicuous as possible as she rarely cooks at home. For this reason, the kitchen has been understood as a type of lobby for the apartment and it’s positioning is immediate upon arrival.
The first and last impression of the apartment is this entrance lobby showcasing not a conventional busy kitchen but a tranquil collection of textured sculptural objects lit from concealed lighting above and below- a polished marble monolith (breakfast bar), a full-height mirrored mass (guest WC) and a wall of beton ciré (concealed cabinetry).
The mirrored mass / guest WC at the entrance lobby has been partially tiled with turkish Iznik tiles, creating a dreamy, natural, geometric pattern that, when the sliding door is drawn back, forms part of the material concept and impression of the space that may be seen upon first entering the apartment.
The architects managed to create a calm and modern space with a refined layout and appropriate use of materials. The apartment offers light, generous spaces tailored to the needs of is owner.