I have found another french design firm that has knocked me off my feet. Daniel Suduca and Thierry Merillou of Suduca & Merillou share a love for furniture from the 1940s to the 1970s: Adnet, Arbus, Royère, Sornay, Jansen and it shows in their fabulously eclectic spaces. I wanted to share a couple of their projects with you. The first is a penthouse in France. This penthouse had been built by a Le Corbusier disciple in the late 60’s. Two floors and a 4300 square-foot terrace overlook the medieval churches roofs of Toulouse. Unchanged since its construction, Suduca & Mérillou have restructured this huge space for adapting to life today. They retained the 15ft high sloping ceiling in the living room and all the large sunny openings. For the materials, they brought clear and soft wood, warm wool flooring, modern painted concrete, sensual silks and velvets. Then, in a masterful way, paintings by Guy de Rougemont and Bruce Typpett coexist with works of Lalanne amd Vasarely, as vintage Jean Royère, Christian Badin and Paul Lazlo furniture united with French and German antiques pieces. “We designed this place as workshop, in order to live among books and art works of all origins in total harmony”.
The second is this family home in France. In this mansion of the XVIII century, Suduca & Mérillou found an unspoiled decor. They had the desire to preserve these precious relics while awakening them. The staffs and woodworks were passed in white or blue in the sunny rooms, bronze in the dark rooms. The floor was carpeted with timeless pattern created for the place by the decorators. Then a clever mix of furniture and objects, the Suduca & Mérillou signature. The magnificent furniture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were joined by pieces of twentieth century, creating an amazing set, sumptuous and impertinent.