Architect Louis Denavaut was given the project of renovating a superb 110m2 apartment in an Art Nouveau-style building in Paris’s 14th arrondissement.
The former owner, a nightclub owner, lived in a decor inspired by Slavik’s Drugstore on the Champs Elysées. Louis Denavaut has retained the existing structure of the apartment, with its curving walls and arched doors, integrating made-to-measure furniture. The architect has also retained the apartment’s stained-glass windows, whose colours are picked up in a pastel grey-green ceiling.
Louis Denavaut selected stained oak for the bespoke furniture, in the spirit of furniture of the 1920s or 1970s, but with a contemporary design.
The sofa fits perfectly into the curve of the existing wall, while in a bid for symmetry, the architect has created a mirror-image curve with a wooden banquette on the other side of the room. The dining table is composed of a disk of white Carrara marble, precisely calibrated to its oak base in order to form a single piece. The console table in black oak forms an elegant response to the naturalist design of the stained-glass windows.
The bar is a technical feat by cabinet-maker Mathieu Esclassan from the École Boulle.
In the kitchen, a highly expressive marble has been used for the floor and walls to create a continuity with the ornament of the stained glass in the living room. The addition of stained oak provides contrast and gives the room a timeless quality.
The bathroom sits like a marble cube behind the headboard of the bed.
Finally, for the walls Louis Denavaut has selected paintings by artists Chloé Vanderstraeten and Camille Chevrillon, and tapestries from Pinton.