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here’s something playful about this
home in the centre of Paris. But it’s
far from frivolous. The sense of fun
in the overall design is grounded
by a soulfulness in pieces with history and
the owners’ collectables dotted about the
spaces, giving them depth.
Looking about the apartment today,
it comes as a surprise that this space
is a former medical clinic that had
been stripped of any personality. So,
it certainly wasn’t the charm that the
owners had fallen for when buying, it
was the location in the centre of Paris
and the fact it had a prime view of the
beautiful Ministry of Culture building.
Interior architect Fabrice Bejjani
was armed with the skills required to
bring in that all-important charm. This
Lebanese-born designer opened his firm
in Paris only eight years ago and has built
a reputation on his savvy use of space and
penchant for furniture design.
“This was a former medical clinic, devoid
of any charm, and very poorly laid out. It
was therefore necessary to transform it,”
he says. “So, the only two elements I’ve
kept in the whole place are mouldings in
the living room and two double doors.”
Luckily, the now-living room had those
beautiful mouldings, and Fabrice discovered
an old flue during the renovation, so it was
possible to put in a fireplace. Both gave the
space and overall home plenty of possibility
for that essential element of charm.
In terms of space usage, Fabrice went
against the tide of modern open-plan
thinking and worked hard to retain as
many independent rooms as possible.
The owners have staggered working
hours, so this would ensure the house
worked in with their lifestyle, something
Fabrice feels strongly about.
Uniting all the spaces, including the
bathroom, is an anthracite resin floor. “My
working spirit was radically contemporary,
while also trying to integrate certain classic
aspects,” says Fabrice. So, the material and
sophisticated shade of flooring is the perfect
choice in line with that design direction.
White walls were chosen to bounce
natural light around the spaces. And a
silver-grey appears on two feature walls to
bring in that classic feel. Doors and fixtures
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