Located on the ground floor of a typical Parisian building, this artfully renovated apartment in the city’s 16th arrondissement mixes Art Deco influences with a Wabi-Sabi sensibility. French interior and furniture designer Emmanuelle Simon completely reorganized the original layout to cater to the needs of a family with three children, creating a series of interconnecting living spaces punctuated by more private nooks and alcoves. Conceived, as she says, as “a serene temple”, the interiors are a paragon of understated refinement thanks to Simon’s painterly eye for composition and passion for craftsmanship, manifested through a tactile vocabulary of natural textures and a sculptural language of rounded forms. Complemented by vintage and contemporary furniture, including numerous pieces she designed herself, and an eclectic collection of artworks, the soulful apartment artfully attests to the designer’s talent for meticulously curated spaces.
Simon has complemented the apartment’s original parquet floors and decorative ceiling mouldings with a natural colour scheme of crisp white, soft beiges and sandy hues, which aids in enhancing the diffusion of natural light also imbuing the spaces with a soothing ambience. What the interiors lack in colour, they more than make up in texture, courtesy of repertory of natural materials such as brushed oak, travertine, ceramics and plant fibres. A preference for curved lines and rounded forms in the apartment’s furnishings enhances the layout’s flowing circulation and injects a sense of mellow softness. Meanwhile, the introduction of three slim arched openings between the living and dining rooms make the spaces feel taller.
As in most of her work, Simon has included a number of her own furniture designs in this project. Standouts include the doughnut-shaped Baba Chairs and Tabouret, which are handcrafted in solid brushed oak and upholstered in bouclé fabric, the Nomad Sofa whose rounded volume is contrasted with its rectangular podium, the Raku Wall Lights, which are made from a type of Japanese pottery whose firing process produces a great variety of colours and surface effects, and the Cone X Floor Lamp, a conical totem-like object made of plaster and textured glass. Simon’s sculptural furniture is mixed with vintage pieces from modernist French designers like Pierre Paulin and Jean Touret, as well as paintings and ceramics from artists that she loves.