Apartement Trocadéro by Rodolphe Parente
Rodolphe Parente designed this stunning apartment located in Paris, France, in 2015. Take a look at the complete story after the jump.
The flat is located in a classic dressed-stone building in the area of Trocadero in Paris and faces the Eiffel Towel. It is about 350 square meters and gets generous volumes with some decorative elements and features from the 18th century such as decorative moldings, coffered ceilings, Chinese-influenced pediments and marble fireplaces. The apartment is on the second floor with a long balcony overlooking the street.
The owners of the flat are a couple in their thirties with three children. They are passionate collectors of art and contemporary furniture and wanted to refurbish the spaces in a modern way. That is to say make one single room with the dining room linked with the kitchen, create a real living place in the reception room and a very cozy bedroom suite with an invisible dressing room and connected bathroom. The main idea of this refurbishment was to propose sensible interventions while respecting the heritage character of that space. It has been an entire refurbishment in the whole apartment from the walls partitions, the ceilings, the moldings and the made-to-measure and prescription furniture for the interior harmony.
The approach of the project was based on a deep respect of the existing architecture while emphasizing on the significance of volumes and the possibility to get a space where a contemporary art and furniture collection would get all the recognition it deserves! But it is not a contemplative or frozen space because it is a place dedicated to life and comfort for a family. Despite the singularity of the flat, there is a warm atmosphere that results from strong and ambitious stylistic choices such as the choice of noble materials.
Indeed, the harmony of materials is based on their noble character. The association of the two main materials that are medal brass (from the bathroom to the kitchen passing through the made-to-measure shelves) and Calacatta Caldia marble is a signature that emphasizes the global coherence between spaces. To get to the bathroom you need to go through the impressive medal brass with velours chenille gris door hiding the dressing room made of beveled mirrors. The choice of fabrics and carpets is also the result of a demand for quality and comfort. The walls and ceilings are painted in a way they make you think about raw porcelain biscuit. This delicacy is reinforced by the choice of a very light wood floor made of oak. The china cabinet in stained brushed walnut, the kitchen island in marble with medal brass insert, the head board of the bed in natural silk, the shelves or the bathroom furniture are also based on this harmony of materials and are all made-tomeasure pieces of furniture designed by Rodolphe Parente. The furniture and art piece list is available on demand.
Photography by Olivier Amsellem