dyou make volumes, Due to the high ceilings and the presence of remarkable elements from the past, including beautiful plaster wall decorations, you might think that the architect was solely concerned with renovating the property. But no, this beautiful apartment arises from the division of an initial area of 320 m2 in two separate units. Commissioned by a real estate developer and an existing complex that is as complex as it is dilapidated, the interior architect and designer Frédéric Crouzet, co-founder of the bureau C&S Associés, has therefore adapted the whole at first sight to design, in each of these spaces, a coherent division and form new pieces.
Thus was Le Spontini born, in the closing phase become the property of a corporate lawyer, Florence. “We wanted to create fluid, luminous and harmonious volumes, allowing us to integrate contemporary furniture and decoration and obtain a style that is at once classic, elegant and artistic, explains the architect. Our choices immediately echoed the taste of Florence, but so that she could really appropriate the place, we worked with her to finalize certain aspects of the interior design and select a few pieces of furniture and artwork together. †
The charm of the old
From the design of the project, the intention was to keep certain structural jewels especially present in the old reception areas, which have now been transformed into a single space encompassing the living room and dining room. Woodwork by Maison Jansen (which was produced in the first half of the 20e century in particular, worked as a global furniture company for the world’s most distinguished clients), neoclassical cornices and mouldings, marble fireplaces with elegant mantelpieces, arched windows… all these original features have been carefully restored.
some of them, like the bas-reliefs above the doors, have been moved to experience an unexpected reintegration into this new configuration, as if they had always been there. And to sublimate the space, the architect chose a palette of light and soothing tones. So scaled down, this double reception is reminiscent of the delightful Victorian style of London homes in the boroughs of Mayfair or Belgravia.
In other rooms, and to spark a conversation between the ancient and the modern, Frédéric Crouzet has chosen to introduce resolutely contemporary elements. False hollow ceilings, treated in anthracite gray and including architectural lighting, connect the different spaces. In the kitchen, created from a bathroom, a large glass roof and a custom glass door optimize the perspectives and play with natural light. These openings, mounted on dark gray steel profiles, provide a graphic style, characteristic of the creations of the C&S Associés agency, which can be found in each of the bathrooms adjacent to the three bedrooms and which forms an elegant contrast with the floor. † In terms of furniture, an atmosphere that is both warm and contemporary was sought.
In the reception areas, where a lot of storage space was integrated during the design, Florence wanted to keep the spaces free to take advantage of the volumes and natural light. Large cotton sofas in pastel shades decorated with Missoni throws and cushions, coffee tables and wall lamps in black steel, a saarinen dining table, Called “Tulip”, in marble, by Eero Saarinen (Knoll) … clean lines are preferred.
But we bet too on combinations of furniture pieces with a strong personality, such as the iconic armchair flatter, by Warren Platner (Knoll), or the Mushroom F560, by Pierre Paulin (Artifort), who bring beautiful primary colours. A Scandinavian-style sofa in fawn and patinated leather, found in the Netherlands, resonates with a coffee table by Dane Finn Juhl, in brass and smoked oak, installed in front of the fireplace.
Finally, works of art and artifacts everything in poetry accentuates the apartment with delicate and precious tones. The Spontini or the enlightened vision of a harmonious renovation.