A collection of female portraits from different contexts and eras (there is an Inuit woman next to Princess Leia from Star Wars), a series of large and small tribal masks and even the statue of a Madonna. On closer inspection, this Parisian apartment in the heart of the Marais perfectly embodies thebohemian soul of the place: objects and furnishings are arranged with refined casualness on the two floors renovated by the architect Manual Gautrand.
The main goal was to maximize the flow of natural light through space. Two large windows on the street and a smaller one on the courtyard side were the only openings, so Gautrand designed what he describes as a “corridor of continuous and uninterrupted sky” by opening skylights that extend the entire depth of the building.
“A traditional staircase would have interfered with the continuity of this strip of sky, so I started playing with the juxtaposition of concrete slabs.” The asymmetrical shape leaves the two planes in direct visual communication, the candy pink color of the steps matches the mint green of the mezzanine wall but, above all, the lemon yellow of the back wall. «It is the color of the sun – concludes Gautrand – it ensures that whatever the weather is on any day, the entire apartment is influenced by the refraction of light on the yellow wall. It’s a kind of artificial star. ‘
The 115 square meters is accessed through an entrance lined with wood paneling, a serious reference to the 60s, which introduces the large living area, «… with its play of reliefs and colored volumes that form the staircase and the fireplace». Crossing the lower floor you pass from the kitchen to the round dining table, also perfect for working, up to the living room dominated by the large corner upholstery in green velvet. Under the window, the relaxation corner with a high table and stools has the air of a small domestic bistro. Upstairs the private part of the house, with romantic attic room it’s big walk-in closet.
In a seventeenth-century building, which precedes Haussmanian architecture by 200 years, Gautrand has been able to create a personal and welcoming nest: “The layout of the interiors, treated as if it were a complete architectural project, aims to transform the Paris apartment into a a cheerful holiday home “.
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