The penthouse, located in a typical Parisian 8th arrondissement structure, was totally transformed by connecting a floor of “chambres de bonnes” or attic rooms with the existing apartment below, by means of a fluid plaster-clad staircase that provides a luminous passage between residential and private areas. Distinctive Haussmannian details were interpreted in a more modern way: bleached “pointe de Hongrie” oak floors, open perspectives between the spaces, plaster moldings and detailing, a glass-partitioned “atelier d’artiste”. On both levels outside views are emphasized and stretch from the Arc de Triomphe & the Eiffel Tower to Montmartre. The architecture remains sober and timeless, allowing the owners’ breathtaking art & design collection to add color to the rooms. A mesmerizing mix of African elements by Maison Intègre and more cutting-edge pieces by Van Severen, Paulin and Charpin complement vintage Gino Sarfatti & Paavo Tynell fixtures and Sheila Hicks tapestries. Many rooms feature bespoke designs by Hélène Van Marcke’s studio, including desks, sofas and a custom headboard with Sam Kasten hand-woven upholstering.
A perfect blend of elegance and minimalism to not distract from the monumental views of Paris. Also throw in a Flos Zeppelin chandelier and I’m smitten. Another beauty designed by Hélène Van Marcke. Photos: Cafeïne.
If you thought using at least 10 wallpapers in an apartment would be a sensory overload sort of experience, Studio DB proves in this space in Manhattan that it absolutely is not too much. It adds so much whimsy and mystical vibes, and each space transports you to another world. With other global elements as well it’s a bit of Asia, Morocco, Columbia combine and make it really dynamic and unexpected. Photos: Matthew Williams; Styling: Hilary Robertson.
This home in central Paris designed by Tristan Auer has almost all of my favourite design elements – some dark spaces, funky lighting, gothic windows, an industrial style kitchen, floral wallpaper AND stair runner, and even has something I never knew I needed but now I know I do – a platform with a clawfoot tub, book storage AND a lounge nook. So unique, dramatic and utterly fabulous. Photos: Amaury Laparra & Nicolas Mathéus
This large, very sturdy farmhouse was made up of 3 cottages joined together. It was crying out for colour and character to work alongside all the beams and irregular shape of the house. The challenge was to bring the house together as one cohesive home. We created an enormous, light filled kitchen with huge doors opening out onto the terrace and a modern extension which joins another small cottage, providing further accommodation and facilities.
This home gives off such a wonderful inviting energy and I could not love it more. All of these colours and patterns and layering and ohhhhh so many table lamps make me want to go textile shopping so badly. Designed by Sarah Vanrenen; photos: Mike Garlick.
Why spend money traveling to Europe when you could immerse yourself in those old-world vibes every day at home? Anna Booth created a charming, antique filled home for her clients out of a basic, modern farmhouse–style structure that makes it feel like the structure has been around 200 years. You can read more about it via Frederic. Photos: Emily Followill