redefining minimalism in paris.

This Parisian apartment mixes classical, period detailing with ‘30s ornamentation, ‘70s retro fun, and contemporary clean lines and modern hues. Located in a typically ornate Haussmann building, the vertical lines of the soaring ceilings are emphasised and enhanced with full-height window treatments and bold paintwork; the curved forms of the furniture and furnishings soften this effect and bring the scale back down to earth.

The main walls have a pale grey, distressed finish, with ghosted images of the original panelling. A deep blue, curvaceous sofa dominates the living room, flanked by other low lying, curved pieces. A traditional, glass fronted vitrine containing porcelain figures is lined with non-traditional, tangerine-coloured fabric.The kitchen juxtaposes jade green granite with gold fixtures and original parquet floors. Matt gold walls line a corridor leading to a red bathroom with black marble basin. A guest room is painted out in boldest Majorelle-Blue, the colour named after the French artist of the same name, who was inspired by the colours of Morocco.


studioKo2studioKo5 apartment is designed by Studio Ko, a Paris based practice known for their minimal aesthetic (see my previous post, here). Featured in the New York Times Style magazine, the article defines the look as ‘spare elegance, with rich colour and quietly luxurious furnishings’. It talks of ‘redefining minimalism’. It is a bold, exuberant look, but minimal too; there are no layers, rather, each piece has space to breathe and stand alone. The colour palette isn’t overly restricted. The pieces work together because of their juxtaposition, and the backdrop serves to unify. It’s light and airy, so there is a feeling of space, even where space is restricted. The look is dramatic, but not dark, so one can inhabit the spaces without resorting to artificial light. I love this style of interior decorating. What about you?

Photos by Francois Halard.

6 thoughts on “redefining minimalism in paris.

  1. owls house london. Post author

    Hi Mon. These type of apartments are just lovely, aren’t they – all high ceilings and beautiful detailing. I love the bold look too, like that blue! Not sure I could be that brave though. And then the kitchen is more muted, but just as interesting. What do you think of the minimalism tag for this apartment – appropriate or not? J x

  2. Doris

    I just love this Jane! The apartment is beautiful and it does go to show that you can have a space minimally furnished but still have it feel warm and inviting. It’s nice to see a minimal space using colour also. xD

    1. owls house london. Post author

      hi Doris, yes – i love that it shows a minimal interior doesn’t have to be monastic or monotone. Beautiful pieces help, of course! But this is still a very attainable look, i think 🙂 Lovely to hear from you. J x


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