With more than three decades of interior design experience, French interior designer Frédéric Crouzet is no stranger to reimagining spaces, be it commercial properties or private residences. This particular Parisian apartment, however, has proven to be quite the challenge.
The client, a property developer, had purchased the only apartment on the first floor of the building. She tasked Crouzet to divide the 3,444 sq ft apartment space into two separate apartments—one, which overlooks Rue Spontini in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, would serve as her personal living space that she shares with her daughter, and is pictured in this story. The other apartment, which overlooks Rue de Longchamp, would be placed on the market as a turnkey apartment for a buyer.
Besides having to split one apartment into two independent ones, Crouzet’s task was made even more challenging as the original apartment was in very poor condition before the renovation. Botched repair works and outdated technical components resulted in the need for a complete overhaul.
The client’s personal three-bedroom apartment, dubbed Le Spontini for its location, spans 1,614 sq ft. As with every project, Crouzet also factored in the client’s image. “The client is that of an elegant and discreet woman that loves art, literature and Paris, and who wanted an interior that’s elegant and decorated, but not ostentatious,” he recalls. The apartment had to be warm, soothing and contemporary, Crouzet describes, akin to a jewellery box.
The designer sought to retain the original elements as much as possible. “The idea was to integrate and magnify certain remains of the old apartment, but within the framework of a new configuration—all while ensuring that the historical parts seem like they have never been moved and have always been present in the apartment,” he explains.
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