Place des Vosges

Set on the Place des Vosges, located in heart of the Marais, Paris, lay this derelict apartment set inside the Heritage Landmark and oldest square of Paris. Build in the XVII century by the initiative of King Henry IV .
Restoring this 300 m2, grand space was closely monitored by the” Historical heritage architects” department to ensure all historic details were sympathetically protected and restored. All original detailing and volume remained.
We wanted to realize a modern interpretation of a classic elegance with some pieces evoking the past without direct references. A contrast in sophistication and simplicity was brought out by selecting objet and pieces from 17th Century french antiques with their natural patinas, to 20th Century American modern designers pieces, by juxtaposing the poetry of French history with the glamour of the 70s. A Paul Evans side board meets a Bagués cristal wall light, an embroidered lace curtain meets Bauhaus Marcel Breuer dinning chairs.
Industrial stone and iron shelves from the Amsterdam national archives meets a knoll desk and a napoleon III leather sofa in the same room.
Icons of the 70s like Jimmy Hendrix, Brigitte Bardot or Mohamed Ali inhabit the 17th century building.
Despite being in the heart of the busy city center, it maintains the peacefulness and slower pace of a bygone area.
Being here transcends time, beauty lies not in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadow cast.

Residential project: 2012
Category : City FRANCE
Photography: J.WILSON