THE APARTMENT IS LOCATED IN A REGISTERED historical building in the 17th
arrondissement of Paris. From the street, however, nothing sets it apart from its neighbors; it is a solid
building from the end of the nineteenth century. The distinctiviness of the structure, which earned its
protected status, is the unusual and unexpected shape of the inside courtyard, a perfect large circle,
as well as the Neoclassical look of its façades.
The clients, a couple without children, use the space as their pied-à-terre and sought the renowned
French interior designer Pierre Yovanovitch for the project. The brief was simple: Given the rather small
square footage, Yovanovitch had to create a living room, a kitchen, an office and a bedroom, which
meant spiriting away the existing interior and rebuilding everything. Favoring certain design principles,
Yovanovitch melded a light, fresh palette of white walls, sandblasted oak and honeyed, natural wood
floors with an open, flowing floor plan that takes its cue from the curve of the building’s façade. The
spaces were arranged to radiate from the axes of the passageways.
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