It’s clear from the entrance that this isn’t your typical Haussmann-style apartment; a striking interplay of colours, forms, materials and design influences makes this Parisian home truly unique

There is a certain playfulness to the work of Le Berre Vevaud, a Paris-based studio founded in 2008 by Raphaël Le Berre and Thomas Vevaud. Be it the wonderfully unexpected colour-blocking on walls or an eclectic mix of accent pieces, the dynamic duo never cease to delight with the beautiful spaces they design.

“Our style is sophisticated but not ostentatious or austere due to the bold colours and playful shapes that are predominant in our work,” say the co-founders. “Our designs embody a classic harmony that is anchored in reality and tinged with a warm and contemporary style.”

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The same can be said of this charming 2,421sqft apartment. Home to a French family of three, the clients had visited another home that Le Berre Vevaud had designed, which was listed for sale. Although the couple did not proceed with the purchase, they were so enamoured of the duo’s work that they wanted to enlist their design services once they found their dream home.

The fortuitous encounter finally bore fruit when the clients purchased this unit in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, located on a street once described by Georges-Eugène Haussmann—the famed French administrator responsible for his namesake Haussmann-style buildings in Paris—as “the most luxurious and most elegant promenade in Paris”.

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It’s clear from the entrance that this isn’t your typical Haussmann-style apartment; blocks of colour on the walls and vibrant decor choices make the home come alive. While the original neoclassical-style mouldings were retained, the designers’ daring use of colour blocking on the walls truly makes the space pop.

This is evident in the entryway, which features the application of deep blue paint on the wall, echoing the shade of the concave mirror by Christophe Gaignon from Jean-Marc Lelouch Gallery. Step further into the home, and you’ll notice sections of the wall painted in a teal green hue that makes the mustard yellow and dark purple shades in the living room stand out.

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The designers were as taken with the property when they visited it for the first time. “We were struck by the original architectural features of the space and the possibilities that it offered for us to embark on new aesthetic endeavours,” says Le Berre.

Among the requirements was an open-plan living room with a seamless connection to the dining and kitchen areas, so the couple could host large groups of friends and family with ease. Although the owners preferred symmetrical designs and wanted a neutral colour scheme for their new home, they were open to ideas the designers proposed which would create a dynamic interior still aligned with their tastes and sociable lifestyle.

“Our aim was to give each room its own identity by merging multiple styles to elevate the Haussmann-style interior and create a warm and sophisticated design,” says Vevaud. “We wanted to counterbalance the sharp and precise architectural lines with unexpected touches and curvaceous forms.”

The designers were as mindful of the historical elements typical of the Haussmann-style building the apartment was situated in. Adds Le Berre: “It was important for us to respect the architectural identity of the space by preserving classical details such as the herringbone parquet floors, wall panelling and intricate crown mouldings.”

Throughout the abode, a lovely blend of vintage furnishings and custom pieces designed by the firm completes the bespoke look. “We used precious woods and exceptional marbles to give (this home) aesthetic and sensorial singularity,” says Vevaud. “ We like to mix waxed materials with marble and deep lacquered finishes, for a discreet reminiscence of the decorative arts movement.”

The kitchen is another stunning space, with an ethereal mix of blue and gold shades on its ombre feature wall and the faceted island. Its key element is the shimmery fresco, rendered in metallic shards and metal splinters by Parisian decorative artist Solène Eloy. It’s also the owners’ favourite zone: “It is the most elaborate and exceptional room in the apartment. We especially love the central island for its conviviality and the possibilities it lends for welcoming guests into our home.”

When it came to the bedrooms, softer shades were chosen to craft a calming mood. In the master bedroom, blue-grey hues evoke a sense of serenity. The master bathroom, too, is a tranquil space in a black-and-white scheme, and is luxuriously decked in marble. The child’s bedroom continues the colour scheme of the living room, albeit in more muted tones for the botanical-themed wallpaper and soft furnishings to create an inspiring environment for the little one to grow up in.

Completed within nine months, the home certainly enthrals, and is testament to the designers’ dynamic array of influences. “We find it interesting to transcend a Haussmann-style interior, to make it more sparkling and surprising without forgetting a certain rigour,” explain the dynamic duo, who cite the Memphis movement as well as the work of architects Gio Ponti and Luis Barragán as their sources of inspiration. “We have tried to renew these influences with modern, sophisticated and elegant creations.”

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