françois champsaur renovates trocadero apartment in paris
 
françois champsaur renovates trocadero apartment in paris françois champsaur renovates trocadero apartment in paris
nov 20, 2016

françois champsaur renovates trocadero apartment in paris

 

 

french interior designer françois champsaur has transformed a bourgeois apartment near the trocadero neighborhood in paris into a modern and strong living space. the 500 square-meter home explores volume, materials and a certain form of void which leaves space for light and emotion. in it, high ceilings and long corridors lined with rooms are aligned around a U-shape. views of the eiffel tower can be seen from one side while an internal courtyard is present on the other.

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the apartment has 500 square meters
all images by bernard touillon

 

 

‘I wanted to pull this setting out of the past and transform it into something powerful and timeless,’ comments françois champsaur. ‘I wanted to strip things back to basics by focusing on strong details which have more in common with architecture than interior design.’

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the room divider has been made in stained oak, fading from white to gray

 

 

in order to detach the apartment from its turn-of-the-century bourgeois look, françois champsaur removed the false ceilings dating to 1970 and replaced the parquet with six-meter long pine boards. the resulting design evokes japanese architecture where the void is the most important space; it reflects the change in time, light and scent. ‘what I like about working in architecture is bringing out a place’s soul, its meaning, a sense of inclusiveness to create something that is both lived in yet modern,’ comments the designer.

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the false ceilings were removed and the parquet floor was exchanged with 6-meter long pine boards

 

 

the rooms were given a sense of continuity and light was enabled to play with the different shapes. the layout was completely reworked, resulting in a succession of powerful and light minimalist spaces. the corridor was opened out into the lounge and the kitchen and onto the dining room. curved walls and doors are introduced all around the apartment, soothing the lines and enveloping those who visit it. at night, the rooms are lit from the floor, giving an indirect and calming light.

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curved lines set the flexible and smooth mood of the apartment

 

 

‘the idea was to create a sort of completely redesigned large box,’ continues champsaur. ‘a sort of roman villa where architecture alone is all you need.’

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marble walls encase the dinning room

françois champsaur trocadero apartment paris designboom
kitchen lamp detail

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the sliding doors are made of glass and polished steel by pouenat

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a blue palette has been chosen for the bedroom, reminiscent of the sea

françois champsaur trocadero apartment paris designboom
panels have been used to cover up closets and TV’s

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doors seamlessly open, discovering new spaces

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the bathroom is equipped with curved walls made of carrara marble

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the contrast between the marble and the wood gives the bathroom a warm feeling

  • I’m so fixated on the floor, I can’t even see the rest of the apartment. Those planks are amazing, but insane? Wouldn’t that be extremely dimensionally unstable? Are those solid planks, or did they add plywood underlayers to prevent warping and curtail expansion/contraction? Or perhaps there’s some kind of underlayment? I suspect the presence of baseboards in some areas are a concession to these problems.

    Or should I be content to let the general aesthetic impression of this photo series wash over me, tap-to-like, and blithely move on with my day? Vapid talk of soul, etc. insults the intelligence. It’s beautiful, yes, but we already agree on that, so, tell us, how does it work? How is it made? What was challenging, what did they argue about? Go deeper, please.

    Justin says:

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