The oil used on the plywood of the partition makes it water resistant and gives it a slightly warm brown color while the aluminum elements serve to protect parts of the partition as well as to light it up visually. A resistant anodized aluminum was chosen for its elegant color and its satin aspects which catch the light. Elsewhere in the apartment, due to the south-facing windows in the living room, a white plywood table was used instead of an aluminum surface to avoid high surface temperatures. A second box has been retained from the old layout and incorporates the toilets.
White is a common theme, with varying shades found throughout the apartment. The matte white of the ceiling hides the irregularities of the original concrete. The walls are in semi-gloss white velvet which has the advantage of not reflecting too much light. The crisp white floors have been painted with a low-maintenance, industrial-leaning paint that was first designed for parking lots. The tone contrasts with the period wood and metal frames of the windows which have been preserved. “They are very elegant and quite thin. With their fixed windows under the blinds, raised to let in the light, they work very well visually.
The architect says he and his partner spent more time choosing furniture and lighting. “The principle of the caissons is inspired by the idea of prefabricated elements after the Second World War”, he specifies. “We had a lot of fun because it’s a moment of design that we are passionate about.” From a supposedly mid-century bed frame to an Antony chair by Jean Prouvé, the furniture then pays homage to the nascent 70s (with a Brigadier sofa by Cini Boeri unearthed at Drouot) and the 80s (with a Tavolo Con Ruote Table by Gae Aulenti). The Alvar Aalto stools date from the 1930s. Fuga wall lights by Maija Liisa Komulainen, are all connected to use more functional wall switches. As for the works of art in the apartment, they are signed by artist friends and have been chosen to highlight the sober and uncluttered architecture. For example, Pauline-Rose Dumas Shardsabove the sofa, reinterprets the perfect geometry of space as the gaze bounces from the bookcase to the textile work, then through the windows, navigating from one geometry to another.