Known for envisioning the transportive aesthetic of the Kasiiya Costa Rica and the Hyatt Regency Morocco, among other hotels, it’s rare for the Paris-based designer Thibaut Picard receives a request to lead a residential project. However, when a local couple (a marketing executive and a travel brand manager) asked him to create the feeling of a five-star suite in their one-bedroom apartment, he knew he could play on his strong points. “They travel a lot and wanted to find that feeling of comfort and exclusivity in the hotels they had visited,” says Picard. The bedroom walls are washed in saturated coral, a nod to the streets of Marrakech and a secret room designed to cure the blues of the flight home.
The entrance to the nearly 700 square foot space is infused with a rich blue-green that Picard chose for its theatrical quality. “I wanted to create an entire universe in one room,” he says. However, worried about sucking in the light, owners were skeptical of such a deep shade at first. The transitional space cutouts, which both open up the area and act as a place to lay your keys, were key. “Once we realized we would never run out of sunshine, we abandoned the original plan of all-white walls,” they say. Plus, with its 12-foot ceilings (soaring by Parisian standards), painting the entire hallway kept it from feeling also expansive. And you barely notice the expanse of the cupboards, whose doors share the same color.
The bold palette continues in the peach-hued master bedroom (Pink Coral by Resource) and green marble bathroom. Picard chose soft pink, a shade that changes over the hours (pastel in the morning, mauve in the evening) to offer owners a cocoon of comfort. “The goal was the sensation of a boudoir,” he explains.
Along the side wall of the bedroom, what looks like a standard picture frame molding hides the entrance to a walk-in closet and walk-in closet. “From day one, my husband talked about wanting a hidden room, like you see in the movies,” the woman says. “And Thibaut kept that in mind all along.”
Knowing that the majority of their days would be spent around the marble dining table, dinnertime or not, the owners use the built-in shelves behind to keep their favorite art books close at hand. On either side and under the bench are more disguised storage spaces for tablecloths and serving dishes. In order not to hide the crown molding of the apartment, the cabinets stop just short of the total height of the room.
In the open concept living space, dramatic hues have been ditched in favor of a quieter space White cold to complete the sage green shelves in the dining room opposite. A gentler scheme allows owners to focus on their work rather than their surroundings. At 6 p.m., a mix of elegant mid-century rooms, many upholstered in velvet, provide a comfortable respite to catch up and drink a glass of wine. “During construction, when everyone was still confined, we left bottles at the door of our neighbors to excuse us from the noise”, explain the owners. But 18 months later, the renovation seems far, far away.