If the previous villa (‘Bohemian Beauty’, here) is my idea of the perfect vacation home, then this apartment in Paris and featured in the WSJ, may just be my perfect pied a terre. It hits just the right balance of minimal and relaxed, and proves that a minimal aesthetic doesn’t have to be uptight.
Walls throughout are lined with blond elm in a beautiful pale honey colour, floors are clad in neutral coverings. Materials are used simply and boldly – note the grey-veined marble in the bathroom used for the countertop, upstand, cabinetry and floor. I love this look. A den is arranged in the centre of the space with wood-lined walls and warm-coloured, custom furniture; the master bedroom is lined too and can be closed off from the world with wooden shutters lining the windows. In the laundry, timber-lined cabinets add a richness to what is too often a sterile room of white cabinets. Artwork adds further warmth and personality.
Detailing couldn’t be simpler – edges and nosings are square profile, ensuring surfaces have a solidity to them; handles are simple and square-profiled as well. There are no cornices and skirtings are kept plain. The furniture is classic Scandinavian – a white marble-topped Saarinen Tulip table in the dining room, elsewhere an AJ floor lamp by Arne Jacobsen and the Saarinen Womb chair. Accessories are neutral and bold of form, often cane or straw and beautifully simple. Heaven.
Apartment by A.P.C. Jean Touitou’s Parisian home via WSJ
Photos: Matthieu Salvaing
How elegant and cool this is J ! As I’m presently helping some friends move and surrounded by packing boxes it’s given me a pleasant lift to see a little order some place somewhere 🙂
oh i’m so pleased, pt! i find it uplifting as well, and as you say orderly, but i think still homely. hope the move goes smoothly, and thanks for stopping by, as always 🙂
Love the minimalist decoration and the warm colours. And those sofas looks so confortable!
Yes I adore that den with the super comfy looking sofas! I’ve always hankered after a sunken lounge/snug and this one is perfect. Thanks for your comments, great to have your feedback. Jane