anthony authié, founder of the ridiculous practice zyva studio, unveils the interiors of his ‘hematite dust’ apartment in paris. the design is intended for compact housing facing the gardens of matignon in the 7th arrondissement of the french capital. the fifty square meter apartment in the Haussmann building overlooks the iconic cityscape of the Parisian rooftops above the famous garden. In organizing the interior, the design team took inspiration from the night sky above the city and the black depths of the cosmos beyond. anthony authié notes: ‘like a metaphysical experience, the project is inspired by this spatial aesthetic of constellations, stars and the black horizon. ‘
images courtesy of zyva studio | @zyvastudio
studio zyva“Hematite dust” occupies a typical 19th century apartment, dividing the space into two distinct halves. part of the interior is treated “like a deep black cosmos”. the mosaic floor with its micro tiles, as well as the doors and wall finishes are coated in the same color to create an all-encompassing monochrome shroud. this black box emerges with a contemporary juxtaposition of the rest of the living space, restored to its original colors and materials. reinforcing the abstract character of the space, the bathroom is completely covered with purple tiles. with this expression, the room exists in the apartment as an “independent planet”.
with monochromatic purple mosaic treatment, zyva studio refers to natural hematite dust – a silvery-looking stone dust whose reflections often appear purple. the mineral is found in abundance on the planet mars. maintaining a dialogue between the disparate spaces of the apartment, each room opens directly onto another thanks to large glass and operable light fixtures. this strategy of contrasting aesthetics connects the spaces in a coherent architectural entity, as anthony authié notes, “a kind of planet with many faces”.
Project title: hematite dust
site: Paris, France