Looking at the images of this recently refurbished Parisian apartment by Paris and London-based French designer Guillaume Alan, you will be surprised to learn that despite their monochromatic appearance they are not in fact black and white photographs, but the result of Alan’s poetic design ethos.
Completely eschewing the use of colour, Alan has relied instead on a nuanced palette of white and grey shades in order to transform the grand, 19th-century Haussmannian residence into a sanctuary of spatial purity and refined elegance.
Underpinned by a boldly minimalist sensibility, the designer’s approach, far from producing a uniform environment, has created a lyrical interplay of light, depth and textures, “giving birth”, as the designer says, “to a universe of serenity, calmness, and emotion”.
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“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” Leonardo da Vinci famously said and Alan’s interiors meticulously adhere to the old master’s adage. Discreet, geometrical lines produce strictly defined, uncluttered spaces imbued with an architectural purity and sculptural finesse.
In the designer’s words, “the project is pure, flawless, and harmonious. When you enter and discover, you’ll find that every element was carefully considered—the architecture, the light, the floor, the materials used, the palette, the furniture pieces are all perfectly linked to compose and amazing home interior design”.
The apartment’s exclusive use of one tone, which the designer calls “craie” or chalk in English, creates a bleached interior scenography that both enhances the city vistas by turning the windows into painterly canvases, and promotes an illusion of space. The monochromatic décor allows the eclectic textures to come into sharp relief.
Just like the human eye adapts to low illumination levels by differentiating between shapes, the colourless environment sharpens textural perception. Light gray brushed-oak floors, natural marbles, brushed-ash wood, raw linens, soft leathers, silks, and wools comprise a masterfully crafted, harmonious composition that envelopes the occupants in luxuriant softness.
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