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have been painted the same colour as the
flooring to ensure a no-fuss visual.
Walking through, you can experience
Fabrice’s clever use of space and sensitivity
to the owners’ individual needs. The
entrance includes a home office with a view
through to the kitchen, to ensure there is
not just a view of a blank wall and to link the
two rooms. The desk has a walnut surface,
which warms up the mostly white space.
The living area is a visual celebration
of Fabrice’s ability to bring instant soul
to a room. Colour has been used with
confidence in the three curtain hues and
other soft f urnishings, such as a Tai Ping
rug and bold cushions. And a new Poltrone
sofa and classic Artemide lamp sit alongside
a leather armchair found at a flea market.
It’s a perfect balance of the old and the
new, and the timeless.
It’s also here that those original
mouldings can be found. Coupled with the
Fabrice-designed fireplace – which has
strong modern lines – the overall effect
is one of cosiness. It’s the perfect space to
lounge about in the cooler months and enjoy
what enticed them into this space in the first
place - that view of the Ministry of Culture.
The kitchen/dining area sits within this
room. In line with the desire to maximise
natural light, the kitchen is white lacquer and
white glass, which catches the reflection of
the Ministry of Culture. And it’s through the
white glass that you glimpse the home office.
Fabrice designed the kitchen to hide the
working elements, ensuring a streamlined
visual. The benchtop is a grey basalt and the
table adds warmth with an oak finish. Black
glossy chairs bring in a designer element.
The main bedroom has been designed as a
complete retreat. “I wanted to create a
An entry and home office have been combined. While the overall
look is white with modern lines, it ’s been given personality with
a yellow hide (available locally from Hunter Adams) and warmth
with a custom-designed walnut desk. A classic look is brought in
with an Artemide Tolomeo lamp and a touch of personality with
the owners’ love of sci-fi figurines (Robocop) and black-and-white
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