Industrial, eclectic, contemporary, this apartment in Paris is wonderfully open and spacious, yet intimate.
The interior has been stripped back to its shell, and the structure – concrete columns and beams and the odd brick wall – kept in their raw state. The original iron work of the window frames (and a wonderful transparent screen between the bathroom and bedroom, just glimpsed in the photographs) have been painted black, causing them to recede. There is a lightness of touch – the structure is expressed, but it doesn’t overwhelm. A wide-planked American oak floor has been added for warmth.
The palette and fittings are kept simple with shades of grey, black and white, allowing the fabrics and materials of the found objects – a mix of industrial pieces and flea market finds – to add their own exuberant colour and texture. I spy contemporary design classics too – Eames DSW side chair (on sale, here), Bertoia side chair, Butterfly chair.
Photography Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer via
There is an interesting article entitled The Raw Design Movement, here, identifying the use of raw materials as an interior design trend going forward in 2013. This isn’t a new idea, but I’m all for materials left in their natural state. What do you think of the use of natural, unembellished materials in interiors? Does this eclectic, raw loft space inspire you?
More wonderful spaces, here.
What a bold and unique space! This big kitchen with the long dining table would be perfect to host dinner-parties… and I can hardly imagine the stunning view from those wide floor to ceiling windows!
yes, isn’t it wonderful. it’s definitely crying out for friends to pack in and gather around, but it also has a calmness and coziness.. oh to have a loft in paris! J
Hi Jane, I’m a big big fan of using natural materials in your interior and so glad that it is gaining in popularity. I’m very much a believer of the Japanese term “wabi sabi” that identifies an imperfect object as beautiful. Oh and I do love the loft space… it’s amazing. xD
oh yes, wabi sabi is a wonderful concept – all purity and simplicity. the scandinavians (and japanese of course) excel at it. i think we can learn so much from it and them. thanks for your comments, doris. J
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