Interior designers Virginie Kuentz and Éloïse Le Gall brought a Mediterranean air, soft and warm, to a never-renovated 1970s Parisian apartment. Guided tour.
This is a talented pair! Virginie Kuentz and Éloïse Le Gall, interior architects and designers, met in another professional life… Favorite! They decided to join forces and found their agency in 2020. Since then, they have carried out residential and professional projects where elegance, rigor and sensitivity blend harmoniously. As proof, the project they carried out in a 180 m² apartment in 15e district of Paris. A hell of a challenge to take on. Because, in addition to the need to renovate and restructure the space in order to take full advantage of the light and the vast terrace, their clients, a couple with two young children, wanted to breathe a Mediterranean air into this 1970s accommodation left in its juice for around fifty years.
For this, Virginie and Éloïse favored beautiful materials such as oak, polished concrete, zelliges, tadelakt… Craftsmanship is also in the spotlight: a wish of their customers that they were keen to satisfy. Custom furniture and furniture curation allow us to add the final touch, the one that makes this living space reorganized – now composed of an entrance, a dining room, a living room, a kitchen, a pantry/laundry room, four bedrooms, four adjoining bathrooms, two toilets and a library area – absolutely unique. Discovery of some pieces from this atypical address.
“This entry was a blank page. There was a somewhat sad hull, which we completely redone. To set the tone, this Mediterranean atmosphere dear to our customers, we chose to redo the floor with terracotta tiles. There is a very raw, artisanal side. We consolidated this atmosphere with an oak console that we designed. It goes well with a bench also in oak, with a Sarah Lavoine lamp, with a straw-framed mirror from La Redoute, which brings a very natural look. We also chose the wall lamp with the greatest care. It is signed by the ceramist Clémence Belloir. Made by hand, it allows for a sublime play of shadows when lit. So we set the scene upon arrival. This was important because this open entrance opens onto a pre-living room which itself opens onto the main living room and the dining room.”
The living room
“The room was partitioned and there was a load-bearing wall. So it was difficult to open this space. The first option was therefore to leave it closed. But we still brought in a design office to see if we could open this wall in order to let the light circulate fully through the arches and thus create perspectives. It was technically possible and during construction, this project was ultimately chosen. For these openings we worked on rounded shapes, with a very organic side to create softness. These arches, while being very sensual, also have a little futuristic side as a nod to the history of the building which dates from the 1970s. We had to make these references coexist with our clients’ Mediterranean desires. This is why, to make the connection, the interior of the arches was painted with a yellow tint. This ocher shade is very sunny. On the floor, we replaced the tiles with a floor. Our customers wanted warm materials on the floor so that their children could play on the floor and walk barefoot. Sobriety was also required for the furnishings so that parents could, for example, cook while keeping an eye on their children playing in the living room. The crossing side was necessary so that they could watch over them wherever they were in these reception rooms. It was therefore not necessary to overload the space so that the eye could wander everywhere. It is in this spirit that we chose the furniture (except the sofa selected by our customers) and always making the link with an artisanal spirit.”
“When you sit on the living room sofa, the kitchen is on the left. It was initially compartmentalized and cramped. Overlooking the current living room, and actually open, there was a living room bedroom. We used these two surfaces to create the current kitchen, generous and bright, that our clients dreamed of. In the center, there is a large island with hotplates which can be used as a dining table. There is plenty of storage because the owners love cooking and entertaining. The island accommodates some in the lower part. Along the wall, on the technical block where we find the sink, there is also storage in the lower part and others high up around the oven. Behind this wall, we have set up a closed laundry pantry so that we can store groceries. We have imagined lots of little details so that this vegetarian family, a fan of bulk products, has their products, fruits and vegetables within reach. One of the arches, smaller than the other two opening onto the living room, and which opens onto the dining room, is equipped with shelves which allow you to place jars filled, for example, with dried fruits. .
We also hung fruit and vegetable baskets on the walls. On the ground, we laid a coconut milk colored waxed concrete from Mercadier. It’s very sweet. We made a rounded junction with the dining room floor, again to play on this organic, sensual side. In addition, it corresponds to the architecture of the arches. Little…