Private apartment ● 2021

foch

16th arrondissement, Paris, France

Taming the light, capturing it, shaping its brilliance, making it flow, slide, bounce off the golden stone or the softness of wood, barely dimming it under the curve of an arch. Alternately matte and enveloping on a lime plaster or the texture of fabric, satin on travertine or polished concrete, evanescent in the sunlight. From white to whites, an infinite palette of shades, of gradations that sculpt the gentleness of the places it approaches.

EMMANUELLE SIMON_APPART COM_Credit Damien de Medeiros

Projet

In this highly partitioned apartment, the question of fluidity added to the desire to optimize the ground floor. Creating the illusion of a house, shifting the living spaces towards the terrace, and rearranging the distribution of walls all revolve around a central point: the creation of a through living room. “In the manner of a cloister or a riad, the space is open like a loft, while preserving the identity of each room through volumes that are revealed gradually, step by step. The mystery of a ‘space with hidden features’ is essential in my work. By reconnecting the rooms, this principle has allowed for the secret intimacy of alcoves, a diversity of perspectives, and a spaciousness offered to light.

The owners emphasize the pleasure of discovering new perspectives every day in a place that is otherwise so familiar,” explains the architect. Leveraging the curvature of the existing windows and benefiting from a generous ceiling height, Emmanuelle Simon formalizes the concept of a patio through the repetition of vertical arches. For her, the curve is a true driving force. A feminine touch, which is evident in the outline of cushions, stools, wall lights, and sofas from her collection. Minimalist yet always comfortable, the atmosphere allows the architecture and texture of the materials to express themselves, imbuing this apartment with the spirit of a Cycladic retreat.

The South is never far away; Mediterranean references are reinvented around lime plaster, artisanal weavings, ceramic collections, and the use of linen or light wood. A solar, Greek-inspired white, nuanced by an Art Deco spirit, adorns the walls as it inspires her self-published furniture collections; sculptural furniture designed as architectural elements. Emmanuelle Simon imbues her path with this luminous and timeless serenity, so deeply soothing.

Photo credit:
Damien de Medeiros

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PRIVATE APARTMENT ● 2021

FOCH

paris, france

Taming the light, capturing it, shaping its brilliance, making it flow, slide, bounce off the golden stone or the softness of wood, barely dimming it under the curve of an arch. Alternately matte and enveloping on a lime plaster or the texture of fabric, satin on travertine or polished concrete, evanescent in the sunlight. From white to whites, an infinite palette of shades, of gradations that sculpt the gentleness of the places it approaches.

The blue stone floor, reminiscent of Parisian cobblestones, invites passersby to enter and creates a sense of continuity with the exterior. Once inside, one finds themselves surrounded by arches, like a cloister, allowing the gaze to travel between the volumes and the interplay of light.

The presence of solid wood, shaped by the hand of the artisan, brings refinement to this custom-made space. Raku plates adorn the central island and the arch-shaped niches, creating a rhythmic pattern. This Japanese ceramic technique, which through thermal shock reveals random cracks, evokes those of warm bread fresh from the oven.

Other arches welcome customers who take a few moments in this soothing place to savor coffee and pastries. Hanging from the ceiling, 12 luminaires from Emmanuelle Simon’s BABA collection, in grogged plaster and frosted glass, echo the roundness of the stools, made of solid wood from the same collection.

Through a narrow loophole at the back of the room, one catches a glimpse of the baker bustling about preparing bread and other delicious treats with intoxicating aromas.

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