Project Name
Apartment Saint Germain
Posted in
Interior Design
Location
Paris
France
Area (sqm)
85
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Project NameApartment Saint GermainPosted inInterior DesignLocation
Paris
France
Area (sqm)85

There’s something coyly sublime about this Parisian pied-à-terre that had us at hello. Given carte blanche by the owner, French interior and furniture designer Emmanuelle Simon approached the renovation of the 85-square-metre Haussmannian apartment in St. Germain as if composing a painting. Rather than using colour though, she relied instead on a tactile vocabulary of natural textures and a visual language of abstract forms, manifested by an eclectic collection of antique, vintage and contemporary furniture and artworks, including numerous pieces she designed herself. The result is a series of immaculately curated, resolutely modernist interiors that reflect the French designer’s heightened sense of refinement, keen eye for detail, and passion for craftsmanship.

Monumental sculpture in stoneware by Michel Lanos (1926 - 2005), 1990-2000.
Set of 3 hexagonal side tables in travertin by unknown designer, circa 1970-1980.
Pair of bowls in ceramic by Eugène Fidler, 1970.
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Monumental sculpture in stoneware by Michel Lanos (1926 - 2005), 1990-2000.

Set of 3 hexagonal side tables in travertin by unknown designer, circa 1970-1980.

Pair of bowls in ceramic by Eugène Fidler, 1970.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Curved sofa in Pierre Frey mohair fabric by Pierre Augustin Rose, 2018.
Coffee table in lava stone and raku by Emmanuelle Simon, 2018.
Rattan chair, model 568 by Dirk Van Sliedregt, 1954.
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Curved sofa in Pierre Frey mohair fabric by Pierre Augustin Rose, 2018.

Coffee table in lava stone and raku by Emmanuelle Simon, 2018.

Rattan chair, model 568 by Dirk Van Sliedregt, 1954.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Uchiwa wall sconce in rattan and rice paper by Ingo Maurer, 1973.
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Uchiwa wall sconce in rattan and rice paper by Ingo Maurer, 1973.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Coffee table in lava stone and raku (detail) by Emmanuelle Simon, 2018.
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Coffee table in lava stone and raku (detail) by Emmanuelle Simon, 2018.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Painting (detail) by Hermentaire (Damien de Medeiros), 2018. Acrylic on canvas. 162 cm x 114 cm.
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Painting (detail) by Hermentaire (Damien de Medeiros), 2018. Acrylic on canvas. 162 cm x 114 cm.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Opting for a light-touch renovation, Simon has complemented the apartment’s original parquet floor and decorative ceiling moldings with a subdued colour palette of white, cream and earthy tones such as sand, limestone and terracotta. What the interiors lack in colour, they more than make up in texture, courtesy of repertory of natural materials such as wood, rattan, lava stone and ceramic, while the muted colour scheme allows the eclectic collection of art and design to take centre stage.

The project includes several bespoke furniture pieces that Simon has designed, such as the round coffee table in the living room. Made from lava stone and Raku – a type of Japanese pottery whose firing process produces great variety of colours and surface effects – the coffee table functions as a focal point around which everything else unfolds. Gently “hugging” Simon’s table, a curved sofa in Pierre Frey mohair fabric by Pierre Augustin Rose, a collaborative brand founded by antique dealers Pierre Bénard and Augustin Deleuze, and designer Nina Rose, is juxtaposed with the hexagonal travertine and a series of mid-century pieces like a rattan chair by Dutch designer Dirk Van Sliedregt and a pine sideboard by Swedish designer Goran Malmvall, both from the 1950s.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Cabinet in pine by Goran Malmvall (1917–2001), 1950.
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Cabinet in pine by Goran Malmvall (1917–2001), 1950.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Architectural sculptural light in ceramic by Frédéric Bourdiec, 2017.
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Architectural sculptural light in ceramic by Frédéric Bourdiec, 2017.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Sculptural lamp in ceramic by Les Dalo, 2014. Shade by Anne Sokolvsky. 
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Sculptural lamp in ceramic by Les Dalo, 2014. Shade by Anne Sokolvsky

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Stool in stoneware by Martin Goerg, 2017.
Painting by Jacques Neslé (1907-1991), 1960. Black ink on paper.
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Stool in stoneware by Martin Goerg, 2017.

Painting by Jacques Neslé (1907-1991), 1960. Black ink on paper.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Above the sofa, a contemporary monochrome painting by multidisciplinary artist, photographer and composer Damien de Medeiros a.k.a. Hermentaire (whose watercolour and acrylic paintings can be found throughout the apartment) is paired with a pair of rattan and rice paper light sconces designed by Ingo Maurer in the 1970s in the shape of traditional Japanese fans. Overseeing the space, a monumental stoneware sculpture by the late French ceramist Michel Lanos echoes the painting’s whimsical vibe.

In the adjacent dining room, a bespoke table in blackened solid Assamela wood designed by Simon is paired with 1950s dining chairs in velvet upholstery by French designer Pierre Paulin, their rounded forms matching the organic shape of the table. A bespoke bookcase in iron, wood and Raku, also by Simon, adds additional black accents as do the black ink drawings by painter Jacques Neslé. The bookcase accommodates a collection of ceramic artefacts that include sculptures of Quentin Marais, whose playful work tiptoes between the figurative and the abstract in homage to childhood’s uninhibited creativity.

Bookcase in iron, wood and raku by Emmanuelle Simon, 2018.
Diming table in iron and wood by Emmanuelle Simon, 2018.
CM 196 chairs in velvet and iron by Pierre Paulin, 1950.
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Bookcase in iron, wood and raku by Emmanuelle Simon, 2018.

Diming table in iron and wood by Emmanuelle Simon, 2018.

CM 196 chairs in velvet and iron by Pierre Paulin, 1950.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Wall sculpture by Pierre Digan, 1970. Glazed ceramic.
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Wall sculpture by Pierre Digan, 1970. Glazed ceramic.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Ceramics by Quentin Marais, 2018-2019.
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Ceramics by Quentin Marais, 2018-2019.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Large ceramic bowl by Jacques Innocenti, 1957.
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Large ceramic bowl by Jacques Innocenti, 1957.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Marais’ work forms part of a rich collection of ceramic artifacts and artworks that Simon has amassed for the project. From the glazed wall sculpture designed by ceramist Pierre Digan in the 1970s that decorates the dining room, to the architectural table lights by Frédéric Bourdiec and sculptural table lamp by ceramist duo Les Dalo in the living room, to the illuminated bedside tables made from earthenware by Guy Bareff in the bedroom, to numerous decorative bowls and vases, the apartment is full of ceramic wonders.

In the master bedroom, Simon has designed the oak and thin rattan bedhead, which she has harmoniously complemented by a handmade rug in bamboo silk and hemp by Codimat, and a vintage rattan and rice paper light pendant by Ingo Maurer. Raku and brass light sconces also by Simon add polished accents while a painting by Hermentaire imbues the room with a dreamlike ambience. A second bedroom, kitchen and wine cellar round up the renovated apartment, further attesting to Simon’s passion for meticulously curated spaces.

Ceramics by Quentin Marais, 2018-2019.
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Ceramics by Quentin Marais, 2018-2019.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Painting by Hermentaire (Damien de Medeiros), 2019. Acrylic on canvas. 114 cm x 146 cm.
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Painting by Hermentaire (Damien de Medeiros), 2019. Acrylic on canvas. 114 cm x 146 cm.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Uchiwa ceiling light in rattan and rice paper by Ingo Maurer, 1970.
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Uchiwa ceiling light in rattan and rice paper by Ingo Maurer, 1970.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Bedhead in oak and thin rattan wallpaper by Emmanuelle Simon.
Sconce in raku and brass by Emmanuelle Simon.
Illuminated side table in in earthware by Guy Bareff.
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Bedhead in oak and thin rattan wallpaper by Emmanuelle Simon.

Sconce in raku and brass by Emmanuelle Simon.

Illuminated side table in in earthware by Guy Bareff.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Illuminated side table in in earthware by Guy Bareff.
Ceramics by Marie Lautrou.
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Illuminated side table in in earthware by Guy Bareff.

Ceramics by Marie Lautrou.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Painting on coton paper by Hermentaire (Damien de Medeiros), 2018. 42 x 32 cm (with frame).
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Painting on coton paper by Hermentaire (Damien de Medeiros), 2018. 42 x 32 cm (with frame).

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Pendant light by Jo Hammerborg, circa 1970.
Table in rattan and iron by Raoul Guys, 1950.
White ceramic table lights by Marcello Cuneo, 1970.
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Pendant light by Jo Hammerborg, circa 1970.

Table in rattan and iron by Raoul Guys, 1950.

White ceramic table lights by Marcello Cuneo, 1970.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Rare sculptural chair in olive wood by Tony Bain, 1955.
Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Rare sculptural chair in olive wood by Tony Bain, 1955.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Photography by Damien de Medeiros.

Vintage Craftsmanship Segues into Contemporary Refinement in an Artistically Curated Parisian Apartment

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