Perched in a magnificent 19th century edifice in Paris with views of the Seine and the Eiffel tower, the Kennedy Penthouse was the perfect setting for Guillaume Alan to achieve a masterclass in aesthetic restraint.
The architecture, interior design and furniture have all been thought, conceived and drawn by the same hand.
‘This project expresses a minimalist poetry of space, an elaborate and highly precise process, giving birth to universe of serenity, calmness and emotion.’ says Alan.
The space is defined by being very clean, characterized by pure and strong lines, breathtaking precision and impeccable proportions.
Minimalism combines with classicism in this residence, the designer used historical references such as the shape of the large window that was inspired by an old door he saw in Oxford or the lighting inspired by Georgian design.
In this spacious home, all the rooms are linked by materials and palette.
The schemes are tactile and luxurious using fine woods, such as oak or ash, natural marble, brass, raw linen, soft leather, wool, silk, bronze and always focused on a bespoke palette – like the poetic ‘craie’ (chalk) colour.
Custom-made, the furniture pieces reflect Alan’s quest for arts and crafts, his great attachment to an exceptional and genuine know-how.
Although this apartment isn’t shy of space, by using the same bespoke ‘chalk’ tone across the home, it not only creates the illusion of more space, but also allows more depth, texture and warmth to be added to each room without a need to commit to a color or an unneeded feature.
The project echoes with the words of Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuși who stated that ‘simplicity is complexity resolved’.
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