Visit Privee: An American in Paris
A native of California, John dreamed of having an apartment in Paris. Not knowing the city well, it nevertheless falls on the sixth floor apartment with postcard views from its windows, in the heart of Paris, Reaumur. He asked about him several names of decorators and prepared a general brief or he wants a living room and a large kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a laundry room. Mathilde Grouvel, the MAG Designs interior architecture firm, does not sleep for several days to answer as quickly as possible his request! Everything comes together soon after. John chooses Mathilde Grouvel in June 2013. Work began in stride at the end of the summer, but change their nature few months later. In coursework, it purchased the top floor. The project has been completely rethinking in the light of this new purchase, completely unforeseen, that we must integrate to create a large duplex. A real surprise, made possible thanks to Mathilde through Grouvel, who discovers she knows the neighbor and owner of the top and presented to John. It is now a beautiful serene apartment, flirting with the Paris sky.
Coup d ‘eye
Who lives here: John, an American retreat, which is the pied-a-terre in Paris
Debut of the project and completion : brief in June 2013, beginning work in September 2013, buying the top floor in December 2013, delivery of the entirety of the apartment in December 2014
location: in the heart of Paris, Reaumur, in the II? borough
area: a duplex is reunited two apartments for a total of 200 m?
budget: about 2500 euros per square meter
professional: Mathilde Grouvel MAG Designs of Interior Architect
Trivia: During construction, Mathilde Grouvel discovers she knows the owner of the seventh floor, a very famous hairdresser. She makes an appointment in her salon to have their hair and get in touch with John. They will quickly deal together and this renovation, scheduled for a 100 m apartment? located on the sixth floor of a Haussmann building, becomes that of a duplex of 200 m? !
Photos: William Laubier
If the entrance, quite narrow, opens out of hand on the original glazed doors of the living room and the staircase that leads to the seventh floor with its railing custom wrought iron, the remaining parts of this beautiful rather airy duplex.
Guardrail: Atelier Richard Steaven
To design this project decoration, Mathilde Grouvel, MAG Designs, explains: «I got inspired Reaumur’s clock and its dome opposite to compose a harmonious atmosphere of mauve, near the lees of wine, and gray, adorned with acidulous green accents and yellow gold . John is a great lover of wine, very wedge on the subject «, She adds. «So I put in the honor the burgundy color, in tribute to his passion, the curtains and the swivel armchair. » The curves of the sofa and large armchair are based on the model of Royere Polar Bear, the little fireside is the year 1950. With their shape, the foundation regain rounded plan of the apartment and give the matching softness a spirit cocooning pleasant. Mathilde continues: «The apartment is very high and it seems to float above Paris, weightless. It was necessary to feel your best. «
Fabrics: Dedar for the entire room; Lamps in Porta Romana
One element provides a valuable supplement to the character pieces: an Italian table XVIII? inlaid with baroque works FEET who gets with his scrolls, the roundness of the rest of the decoration. Upholstered chairs with golden yellow, custom made and folding, so that we can store them when they are not needed, are scattered throughout the room.
Curtains and tfrom the folding chair: Dedar
Since the island of the kitchen, one perceives the living room into a large coherent whole. The piece has food was already entire Mathilde therefore does not change its layout, which suited very well to the way of living and receive John.
The decorator wanted to make it more valuable with dining area in the kitchen with two suspensions opaque glass and two large vases of the 1970s, all Italian.
Suspensions glass SIGNED Foscarini
The kitchen was custom made in Italy, bright and immaculate gray lacquer. Unusual, the work plan is actually PaperStone®, ultra-innovative material has been recycled base paper, treated with resins and oils derived from cashew nuts. It is sufficiently reworked to become a very resistant kitchen plan that absorbs heat, acids and not afraid liquids.
Good amateur, John wanted a large column in a refrigerated wine cellar, which he quickly filled! Mathilde of making room also for a steam oven and a conventional oven, at the express request of John who loves to cook, good epicurien.
Kitchen designed by Nova Ti Ermanno Tombaccini; Work Plan by Key Cucine, an Italian provider
The island being at the same height as the worktop, 90 centimeters high, Matilda finds adapted chairs, a mid-height. She explains : «To soften the atmosphere of the kitchen, I added a library in the end column and strengthens the link with the living room cozy. «
John chose this apartment because it is a set of unique views of the capital. Each balcony is like a postcard of the monuments of Paris. The former department store Felix Potin is right opposite. It perceives off the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre and the Sacre-Coeur in one of the rooms.
On the balconies of the living room, Mathilde plays with the colors of the dial of the clock face enthroned, greens and golds of the ceramic, the gray roof slates — the pots are made to measure in the same tone — and pouf that takes the shape of the Dome in front, as a blink of an eye. She chose the jasmine bush for their easy maintenance and their intoxicating scent the summer.
Pouf Paola Lenti available from Sinibaldi
It enlightened his biases in the living room: «I chose leather coffee tables, small dimensions in order to move easily. The idea was to make flexible seating, in the hours of the day, the needs and the way John has received. We can keep a larger set or use them as side tables, chairs pres. »
A mirror China to Saint-Ouen Flea returns light on a discrete section of wall and, in succession, one perceives the TV lounge and a closet or hides a retractable desk houses by large gates.
Carpets: Ateliers Pinton
The TV spot was designed out of hand with a sofa bed to be used as extra room and entertain friends has unexpectedly. Chinees flea on the shelves, a series of glass vases and a collection of old wooden embouchoirs animate the wall.
The ‘Master bedroom « was thinking in muted, neutral colors «Because John wanted the «-Settled», which means for calming him row, easy «, Mathilde says. Large custom arrangements were designed to hide clutter, just to make it as simple as possible. The fabrics are precious, the headboard is covered with silk curtains and shimmering brown. Only fancy PROVIDED BY Matilda pretty butterflies under glass.
custom closets by Nova Ti Ermanno Tombaccini ; Butterflies in Design Nature
Adjoining the bathroom of the «Master bedroom» is sheltered from view by Roman blinds with a darker band, which created a dynamic on the window and serves to mask the court. The washbasin is inspired by those of the nineteenth? and overcomes wall taps at the request of John, who wanted to give a more contemporary spirit has its own bathroom. A large storage is hidden in the mirror cabinet.
On the second floor, radically transformed because this part of the apartment has been added during construction, a long corridor parquet point of Hungary overlooks another room cozy, a small blue room, and the other two bedrooms and their respective bathrooms. Doors, has rebuilt the old like all the frames of the duplex were montees with mirrors to enlarge the narrow perspective of the corridor.
All frames are made by Arteonfissi Giancarlo Incerti
John wants to keep up an informal lounge, separate from the large living room or receives it down.
In contrast to the maroon and gray tones of the floor below, Mathilde chose a blue duck franc for this little stay. The couch wrapped in cotton ikat and armless year 1950 are covered with silk velvet Dedar sign. The coffee table was chinee Flea like the mirror eye-of-witch wonder.
Carpets: Ateliers Pinton; Lamp foot blue Porta Romana
Between the patio doors, a small sofa bean with very boudoir, was nicknamed » Schiaparelli « during the work because of its shape and color flashy ! The wicker screen is a discrete allusion to James Bond, or similar copy appears in movies. Mathilde does not remember which!
«The guest room being narrow and attic «, stresses Matilda «I wanted to give it a bright and funky side, with more new vivid colors that animate. » The wall and the assist lamp were walking Was found in Paul Bert de Saint-Ouen.
In the last room, twin beds were chosen to permit also receive children. As the » Master «, it is very relaxing cameo of beige.
Nestled under the roof, this bathroom has a lovely view of Beaubourg, to complete his postcards from Paris!
His furniture is inspired XIX ?, the plan is in Carrara marble and recessed basins. A small upholstered chair has been added to give it a boudoir and can easily put his clothes.
«I had to adapt myself to a complicated structure because not a wall was not right! We had to cope with planes cuts upstairs attic (old good rooms grouped), which has been completely remodeled, and the rounded parts following the shape of the building. That’s why I did a lot of custom stuff «, Mathilde concludes. «John was lovely and thrilled when he discovered the flat ends, finding «Beyond my expectations». This could make me happier! «
John has also so love the work that has already Mathilde him order a second site!
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