First of all, the charm and the luminosity of this long apartment then the sector immediately seduced Laure Grabulos, co-founder of the firm Laune Architecture, and companion son. After living for several years in the very touristy Marais, the couple in need of neighborhood life fell in love with this 58 m² located on the 4th floor of a building on rue Condorcet in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. If Laure Grabulos immediately perceived the potential of her new place of residence, she especially fell in love with the village atmosphere characteristic of the martyrs Street which is just around the corner.
An apartment with two adjoining bedrooms
But now, three years after moving in, the couple wanted to start a family and then faced a major problem: the apartment, although spacious, had only one bedroom. However, the relocation option is unthinkable. The owners do not want to leave this new cocoon posted in one of the most popular areas of Parisian families.
To fully suit this future life for three without drawing a line on her newly acquired property, Laure Grabulos decides to restructure the space with the help of her partner Pauline Marcyniuk. Together, the two architects reverse the day and night spaces to add an additional child’s bedroom. The generous double living room now accommodates two adjoining bedrooms, the bathroom and the kitchen have been interchanged while the living room now sits in the old master bedroom. Between sobriety and well-chosen pieces, the decoration puts itself at the service of Haussmannian volumes.
It is with keen ingenuity that the architects of the Laune Architecture agency have produced an example of functionality for create an additional room and welcome a new occupant. The proof in pictures.
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A long apartment
Located on the 4th floor, the apartment reveals its slender structure from the entrance. On the left, an old trunk topped with coat hooks serves as a piece of furniture with unstoppable functionality. At the end of the corridor, you can see the living room where a large golden mirror directly placed on the ground accentuates the feeling of depth.
A completely redesigned open kitchen
To the right of the corridor, we discover the open kitchen installed in the old bathroom. Chosen in a matt white to highlight the classical Haussmannian codes, it seems to be there forever. To achieve this perfectly mastered illusion, the architect made a deposit of partition, a resumption of the parquet and even cut new staff moldings to create a homogeneous volume where the old charm operates.
A large wooden table in the dining room
Here the white facades which discretely hide the technical parts, the ceramic worktop and splashback subtly underline the old-fashioned aestheticism of this large reclaimed wood table where the owners receive, work and cook.
A comfortable and bright living room
With an emphasis on natural materials and organic hues, the separate TV lounge calls for disconnection. Installed facing the window to enjoy a view of the outside, the sienna-colored sofa signed Merci is topped with a small custom-made library.
A living room that mixes Chinese pieces and contemporary works
XXL mirror unearthed in the family home, minimalist Serax coffee table and MG501 Cuba folding armchair by Morten Gottler for Carl Hansen & Son, this living room aptly combines Chinese pieces and contemporary works.
A long, uncluttered corridor
U-turn towards the entrance hall which leads to the bathroom and the adjoining bedrooms. To the right, a vintage String shelf holds books and items dear to the owners.
A master bedroom with soothing decoration
First stop: uncluttered atmosphere in the master bedroom. A bed, a dressing room on the left, a diptych painting, a solid wood log apparently nightstand stung by a metallic lamp. Tremendous efficiency.
A bench at the end of the bed for more practicality
The ultimate detail that makes all the difference, the cane bench and tubular feet play the ends of the bed. Practical and decorative.
An adorable child’s room
It is the only room where the walls are not white. Part of the tropical universe of panoramic wallpaper, the architect has furnished the child’s room not without consistency. Rattan bed and shelf, bed linen in natural tones, this is a room conducive to desires of escape.
A sober and functional bathroom
Back to the hallway. The bathroom is part of the same immaculate design that can be seen in the rest of the apartment. As in the kitchen, we find the facades and the white worktop. This luminous monochrome is here by a black tap that infuses a graphic note: simple but attractive.