A collaborative project between Melbourne-based interior architect Pip McCully of Studio Wonder and French architect Laurent Soler, this small Paris apartment required an interior update to maximise space, as well as ‘squeezing in as much storage as possible’. Fluted glass was inserted into the doors between the bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen, bringing filtered light into the central spaces. A double sliding door was added between the bedrooms, allowing the second bedroom to function as a large dressing room off the main bedroom when not in use as a guest room.
Positioned on the fourth floor of a north-east facing corner block in the 19th arrondissement, the apartment enjoys sunlight all day into the living area and both bedrooms. Pip and Laurent found key references in the client’s ‘wonderful collection of art and objet d’art’ from his frequent travels (the homeowner is Kenzo’s design director Ben Mazey), layering vintage pieces with new furniture and lighting. ‘Visiting tile showrooms, stone masons, furniture, fittings and lighting showrooms, and in particular the vintage markets, in Paris was a dream!’, enthuses Pip, who crossed the equator three times over the duration of the project.
The result is an elegant yet eclectic home, brimming with personality, classic design silhouettes and a generous pinch of je ne sais quoi – comfortable and curated all at the same time!