"Interesting, but aesthetically it's already dated" says commenter

BIG Houston group of towers

In this week’s comments update, readers are discussing Danish architecture studio BIG’s recently completed skyscraper in Texas.

Called 1550 on the Green, the 28-storey skyscraper in downtown Houston consists of a “bundle” of six towers that curve slightly as they rise, with the tallest reaching a height of 450 feet (137 metres).

Commenters had mixed opinions.

BIG rooftop of towers Texas
BIG completes staggered “bundle of towers” in Houston

“Keeping it simple but doing it well”

Souji found the building “not bad, but not good either”. They continued “the ‘steps’ make the composition a bit interesting, but aesthetically it’s already dated – looks straight out of the 1970s”.

MrG called the project “a good middle-ground design-wise”.

Dwg thought “the elevations look well resolved and the silhouette is kept clean” and they posited “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with keeping it simple but doing it well”.

However, Marius declared it “a chunky, banal one-liner” and Locus chimed in that “BIG is running out of steam”.

What do you make of BIG’s Texas skyscraper? Join the discussion ›

Image of the interior of the Firmship Land Rover Defender showing monochrome light grey finishing including leather and fabric seats with horizontal ribbing
The interior is designed in the same minimalist monochrome style

“Yikes!”  

Another story that got readers talking this week was about designer Job Smeets collaborating with yacht brand Firmship to create a limited-edition Land Rover Defender that has a stripped-back monochrome look both inside and out.

“Love it, well done,” congratulated La Canal.

Franc Lea was less sure, saying “it’s so very grey inside, and the texture of all that suede is just not nice! Not pleasing.”

For Bobkat, the design was an “appalling and pointless makeover of a timeless classic”.

On the same page, Zee exclaimed “Yikes! Why!”

Yikes or yes please? Join the discussion ›

Luxury submarine superyacht cutting through ice
Migaloo aims to disrupt superyacht market with giant luxury submarine

“Toys for real-life Bond villains” 

One story that commenters could agree on this week was about the design for a 165-metre-long submersible superyacht, unveiled by Australian company Migaloo, that could allow ultra-rich people to enjoy private underwater adventures.

Several readers voiced concerns about the climate impact. “I am disgusted”, commented Marina Zurkow. “It is distressing that the ultra-wealthy have zero consciousness of environmental catastrophe,” they continued.

Rd thought the ultra-rich “are getting ready for dystopian times – not trying to prevent it, but arm themselves against the consequences”.

Freediverx was also indignant. “As if we needed more toys for our real-life Bond villains,” they said.

Others drew parallels to another submarine-related story from last year: “guess they haven’t learnt from the Titan…” wrote Scotty.

Meanwhile, HeywoodFloyd argued “so much vitriol directed at the rich, what about the numbskulls who actually took the time to design it?”

What do you think? Join the discussion ›

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Heatherwick Studio set to turn "extraordinary" BT Tower into hotel

BT Towel hotel

UK practice Heatherwick Studio is set to turn the 177-metre-high BT Tower in central London into a hotel, following its sale to American hotelier MCR Hotels.

MCR Hotels announced today that it had purchased the Grade II-listed tower from the BT Group telecommunications company with Heatherwick Studio and is set to turn the structure into a hotel.

“This is an extraordinary building and an amazing opportunity to bring it back to life,” said Heatherwick Studio founder Thomas Heatherwick.

“We’re excited at the prospect of working with Fitzrovia’s residents and with many thousands of Londoners, to repurpose this important piece of the city’s living heritage.”

BT Tower hotel
Heatherwick Studio will turn the BT Tower into a hotel. Photo by Doyle of London

Completed in 1964, the communications tower – originally known as the Post Office Tower – in Fitzrovia was the tallest building in London until the NatWest Tower was built in 1980.

Designed by Eric Bedford and G R Yeats, the distinctive structure was designed to support microwave aerials, which were removed in 2011. It was topped by a six-storey structure of suites including a revolving restaurant on the 34th floor, which closed in the early 1980s.

The BT Group sold the building as it no longer forms part of its operations plan. According to BT Group, it will take “a number of years to vacate the premises” due to the complexity and amount of technical equipment within the building.

MCR Hotels announced it will now “consider how best to reimagine its use as a hotel”.

“We are proud to become owners and custodians of the iconic BT Tower,” said MCR Hotels CEO Tyler Morse.

“We will take our time to carefully develop proposals that respect the London landmark’s rich history and open the building for everyone to enjoy.”

BT Tower in the 1960s
The tower was the tallest building in London in the 1960s and 70s. Photo courtesy of Property Services Agency

American hotelier MCR Hotels owns 150 hotels around the world including the TWA Hotel within the Eero Saarinen-designed terminal at JFK airport, which was renovated by New York-based firms Lubrano Ciavarra Architects and Beyer Blinder Belle.

“We see many parallels between the TWA Hotel and the BT Tower,” said Morse. “Both are world-renowned, groundbreaking pieces of architecture. It’s been a privilege to adapt the TWA Flight Center into new use for future generations, as it will be the BT Tower.”

UK-based Heatherwick Studio has created numerous landmark buildings around the world, including a luxury hotel with a former grain silo building in Cape Town’s harbour. The studio is also designing a hotel as part of its revamp of the Olympia conference centre in London.

Another iconic London building to be turned into a hotel is the Chancery Building on Grosvenor Square, which formerly held the US Embassy and was designed by Finnish architect Saarinen in the 1950s. It will be converted into a hotel by British architect David Chipperfield.

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EFFEKT designs EV charging station where drivers can also "recharge mentally"

Charging station for electric vehicles

Architecture studio EFFEKT has created a charging station for electric vehicles in Sønderborg, Denmark, which is designed as a park with gardens and seating areas.

Called Better Energy Charge, the park is a pilot project for renewable energy company Better Energy and is located alongside a solar farm on the company’s R&D campus.

According to EFFEKT, the aim is to demonstrate how to “transform the conventional petrol station into a park” where visitors can unwind.

External view of EV Charging Station by EFFEKT in Denmark
EFFEKT designed an EV charging station in Denmark

Looking to create a pleasant space for users to rest while their vehicles charge, the park’s charging points have been positioned around wildflower gardens, wooden benches and an arched, cross-laminated timber (CLT) canopy.

“A main idea was to offer the drivers a chance to recharge mentally while they wait for their cars to charge,” EFFEKT creative director Sinus Lynge told Dezeen.

“Therefore, the entire station is designed as a drivable garden with an inviting and playful roof structure reminiscent of a classic garden pavilion, offering a completely different experience than what we associate with traditional gas stations,” he added.

CLT structure of EV Charging Station by EFFEKT in Denmark
It features a canopy made from cross-laminated timber

Supported by large timber arches, the CLT canopy shelters the southern end of the charging park and contains a glazed showroom area where information about renewable energy is displayed for users.

A staircase leads up to a small platform on the canopy’s green roof, where visitors are given a view over the surrounding Better Energy campus.

To the north, a paved area features areas of planting with flowers and trees that are wrapped by wooden benches. These help to demarcate parking areas on either side of the charging points.

“We wanted the pavilion’s design to be organic and inviting, much like Danish furniture classics,” said Lynge. “We have used nature’s own materials – the construction is built in cross-laminated timber,” he added.

Outdoor rest spaces of EV Charging Station by EFFEKT in Denmark
It is designed as a park where drivers can also “recharge mentally”

The timber structure was constructed with a modular grid system, allowing it to be easily extended, downsized or dismantled or repurposed in the future.

“The design concept is meant to be scaled to many different locations,” Lynge told Dezeen.

“The design and construction system, utilizing a modular grid, is intended for expansion across Northern Europe, [and] work is already underway for station number two, with an anticipated opening at the end of 2024,” he added.

Interior and arched window of EV Charging Station by EFFEKT in Denmark
The canopy is designed to be easily extended, downsized or dismantled

Better Energy Charge is one of the first stations to implement a dynamic pricing scheme, which incentivises users to charge their vehicles when there is the most renewable energy available in the grid.

Based in Copenhagen, EFFEKT is an architecture studio founded by architects Sinus Lynge and Tue Foged in 2007. Its previous projects include Norway’s first treetop walkway and a maritime academy with an exposed concrete frame.

The photography is by Rasmus Hjortshøj.

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Smart device reminds you to take your meds when you have to

When I was diagnosed with a certain condition a couple of years ago, it also comes with the tedious (and expensive) “habit” of drinking all kinds of medication. While in my head I know I have to drink these meds at certain times of the day, there are still a lot of times that I actually forget. Sure, we can always add reminders on our phones but sometimes we just snooze those reminders. Or that may just be me. But in reality, people still need all kinds of reminders to take their meds.

Designer: Rume Studio

Ownum Pod is a concept for a device that may be the first one with a smart reminder for medication. This isn’t just an app that can give you notifications when it’s time to take your meds. It’s actually a smart device where you can put your medicine bottle in it and then configure the app to give you reminders when to take it. There is a precision scale inside the device so it knows whether or not you took the correct dosage of your pills or tablets.

The pod itself looks like a smartphone or device charger with a space in the middle to put the medicine bottle. It probably has a standard bottle where you can just store your respective medicine in. And if you’re like me that takes several different meds, you can interconnect multiple pods with just one power cable / charging connection. It has a rubber base and is also modular so you can place double or multiple pods together.

The UI and function seems pretty simple based on the product renders, although there wasn’t much explanation or visuals of the connected app. I don’t know if something like this can help discipline someone like me into taking their meds regularly. But having an option like this may be helpful.

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Flexx Hydration System

Designed by Whipsaw design studio, the Flex Hydration System provides athletes with an easy-to-use hydration pack that allows you to drink from either of the pack’s two reservoirs or easily custom mix the two fluids—such as water and electrolytes—with the turn of the unit’s dial. Its principal reservoir is 1.75l and it’s second / mix reservoir is .75l. Leakproof and easy to clean, we appreciate its simple functionality, practicality, and thoughtful design.

Harvest Moon aims to make compost toilets "a part of everyday life"

Pink version of Luna composting toilet by Harvest Moon pictured in a bathroom visualisation

Swedish bathroom brand Harvest Moon has launched its first product, a waterless toilet that allows “even the most squeamish” to turn their waste into soil and fertiliser.

Unveiled at Stockholm Furniture Fair, Luna is a composting toilet that promises eco-friendly disposal of human waste without compromising on style, comfort or hygiene.

Harvest Moon spent five years developing the product, with user experience considered just as important as the toilet’s eco-friendly credentials.

Pink version of Luna composting toilet by Harvest Moon pictured in a bathroom visualisation
Luna can be installed in any location

The Stockholm-based brand claims its system is smell-free and allows for disposal of human excrement without you having to come into contact with it.

“We are making water-free toilets a part of everyday life,” reads the product brochure.

“Although water-based sanitation in many ways is a solution of the past, it is still seen as the gold standard. Challenging this means creating a water-free toilet that not only looks great and is easy to install but also has a comfort that rivals that of the water-based system.”

Pink version of Luna composting toilet by Harvest Moon pictured in a bathroom visualisation
The system works by separating urine and faeces

Like other composting toilets, Luna offers significant energy and water savings. Research suggests the toilet accounts for around 27 per cent of a household’s water use, which can be as much as 50,000 litres a year.

But Harvest Moon also wants to highlight the other benefits, which include greater flexibility in terms of installation and the recovery of valuable nutrients through composting.

Harvest Moon diagram
Urine is turned into fertilizer, while faeces is used for compost

The Luna system works by separating urine and faeces into different disposal compartments.

The feature that sets it apart from its competitors is an integrated pump, so there is no need to manually empty containers of urine or install an underground collection tank.

“When you close the lid, the urine is pumped to a destination that suits your setup,” explained Hampus Nordensson, industrial designer at Harvest Moon.

The nutrient-rich urine could be diverted to an outdoor fertiliser storage tank or, if local regulations allow, straight into a ground infiltration system. If neither is possible, it could be pumped straight to the sewer.

Harvest Moon diagram
A pump system allows the urine to be moved to different locations

“The pump opens up possibilities,” said Nordensson. “It means you can place the toilet wherever you want.”

The faeces, meanwhile, are collected in a bin containing a compostable plastic bag, with everything made black to “hide the waste”.

The bin’s lid is designed to allow an easy, contactless transfer to a latrine compost.

The compost should be left to decompose for a year before being mixed back into soil. Harvest Moon recommends a rotation system, with one compost in storage while a second is being filled.

Luna composting toilet by Harvest Moon at Stockholm Furniture Fair
Luna was unveiled at Stockholm Furniture Fair

Luna incorporates various electronic functions, including a sliding cover that can be used to keep the faeces covered, a rotating bin that helps the solids decompose and a fan to ensure plenty of air movement.

These can be powered by solar electricity, allowing the toilet to be used off-grid. Harvest Moon also offers a range of accessories to improve the user experience.

These include Carbon Cover, a black biochar compost, and the liquid Urine Mixer, which are both added to the toilet after use to significantly reduce the smell.

Luna composting toilet by Harvest Moon at Stockholm Furniture Fair
The design comes in different colours and material finishes

“We want the user experience to be as fresh as possible,” added Nordensson.

A paper squeezer allows toilet paper to be efficiently disposed of, while a watering can offers another possible destination for the urine to be pumped into.

The design comes in a range of colours and material finishes, to suit different style palettes.

Harvest Moon accessories
Harvest Moon offers a range of accessories to improve the user experience

Luna launched as part of New Ventures, a section of Stockholm Furniture Fair dedicated to first-time exhibitors.

The product taps into a growing trend for water-free toilets that is expected to increase as concerns about carbon footprint and energy use continue to impact product design.

The Finnish Pavilion at last year’s Venice Architecture Biennale declared “the death of the flushing toilet” with an installation that focused on the future of sanitation.

Harvest Moon was on show at Stockholm Furniture Fair, which was open to the public from 7 to 11 February 2024. See Dezeen Events Guide for more architecture and design events around the world.

The installation photography is by Nathalie Ulinder Cut.

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Dotti seating by KFI Studios

A curvilinear lounge chair from KFI Studio's Dotti collection with coral upholstery

Dezeen Showroom: US furniture brand KFI Studios has released an upholstered seating collection that aims to offer a comfortable and cohesive space for both collaboration and relaxation.

Created by Pennsylvania-based product design firm Union Design, the Dotti range includes a low-back lounge chair and a high-back lounge chair that feature curved plywood backs, soft circular seats and pillows.

A curvilinear lounge chair from KFI Studio's Dotti collection with coral upholstery
The curved laminate chair backs are available in four different finishes

The lounge chairs are available with a fixed or swivel base and can be customised with a wide selection of upholstery textiles, as well as a choice of white, ash, European beech or dark chestnut laminate.

The collection also includes a circular ottoman and a pouf seating option complete with a leather handle for manoeuvrability, which can be easily rearranged to create a sociable seating configuration.

Two curvilinear lounge chairs from KFI Studio's Dotti collection with purple upholstery
The range also includes a circular ottoman and pouf

“The goal with Dotti is to create harmonious pieces that fit a variety of uses,” said Jeff Theesfeld, a founding partner of Union Design. “You can use the lounge chair as a place of solitude or gather up multiple poufs for quick collaboration.”

The Dotti collection extends to tables too, which are available in large and small sizes and can be used as side tables or coffee tables.

Product: Dotti Collection
Designers:  Union Design
Brand: KFI Studios
Contact: sales@kfistudios.com

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Furniture made from scrap aluminium carries "traces of giant factory saws"

Shelf from One Side Sawn collection by Studio ThusThat

Dutch design firm Studio ThusThat has developed a series of furniture and homeware that was cut from a single sheet of aluminium “crust” – an offcut of the smelting process.

The collection, called One Side Sawn, includes flat-pack tables, shelves, cabinets, mirrors and desk accessories made using a byproduct from the early stages of aluminium production when huge blocks of the metal are formed in a smelter.

Shelf from One Side Sawn collection by Studio ThusThat
Studio ThusThat has turned aluminium scraps into furniture

Before the material is sent to other factories to be turned into products or packaging, the bumpy exterior of these blocks is sawn off, creating sheets known as crusts.

For the One Side Sawn project, Studio ThusThat decided to intercept and repurpose one of these large, thin sheets – formally referred to as “six-sides sawn plates” as they are sawed off from all six sides of the aluminium block.

Low shelf from One Side Sawn collection
Included in the collection are a series of shelves

The designers aimed to utilise one such sheet without producing any waste, which involved carefully mapping the cutting pattern in advance.

Each straight cut created a piece with a wavy edge, which then informed the shape of the following object. In this way, each item is made from offcuts from the previous pieces, thereby emphasising the project’s core principle of limiting waste.

Close-up of metal shelf by Studio ThusThat
The pieces retain the offcut’s bumpy surface texture

“The studio hopes in these pieces to explore a different aesthetic expectation of ‘perfect’ materials like aluminium that acknowledges the costs and scale of their production,” the studio said.

“In an era of finite materials and energy crises, they hope that familiarising ourselves with the aesthetics of secondary and rougher materials is important as it may one day become the norm.”

Rather than removing the saw marks and the bumpy uneven surface found on the scrap metal, these form a key feature of the final furniture and homeware pieces.

“The edges are jagged and rough, resulting in rugged forms that seem to have been themselves byproducts of some brute industrial process,” Studio ThusThat explained.

“The backside of the plates still show traces of the giant factory saws from which they were cut, while the front reveals the metal’s molten origins.”

Metal shelf from One Side Sawn collection in a warehouse
Studio ThusThat cut the pieces from a single sheet of aluminium “crust”

In a bid to aid recycling and emphasise aluminium’s natural qualities, the metal is left raw and uncoated.

The entire collection is currently on display at Tools Galerie in Paris and Studio ThusThat is also making the cust material available as a surface for use in architectural and interior projects.

Low sideboard made from aluminium by Studio ThusThat
A sideboard is also among the pieces

One Side Sawn is the studio’s latest project aimed at exploring industrial processes and waste streams related to metal mining.

Previously, the duo designed a series of ceramic tableware using red mud – a toxic residue from aluminium production – and a collection of objects made from a byproduct of the copper industry.

One Side Sawn is on show from 26 January to 16 March 2024 at Tools Galerie in Paris, France. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.

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Studio Egret West to transform former Heinz HQ into London housing

Hayes Park housing at the Heinz headquarters by Studio Egret West

UK architecture firm Studio Egret West has shared its plans to create housing within two concrete 1960s buildings in London, which were formerly the headquarters of food company Heinz.

Studio Egret West has received planning permission to create 124 apartments across the two office buildings while preserving their external concrete frames.

Named Hayes Park Central and Hayes Park South, the buildings were constructed in 1962 for Heinz to use as both administrative headquarters and research laboratories.

Hayes Park housing at the Heinz headquarters by Studio Egret West
Studio Egret West will preserve the concrete exterior of the former Heinz headquarters

They were designed by US architect Gordon Bunshaft while working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and were his only project in the UK. They were awarded Grade II-listed status in 1995 but have been left vacant for several years.

Studio Egret West aims to retain as much of the existing structures as possible to minimise carbon consumption while creating homes ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments.

“The embodied carbon of the building will be saved and the structure is given a second life as high-quality homes within a unique setting,” Studio Egret West associate director Gemma Noakes told Dezeen.

“The building’s iconic form and sculptural facade, designed by the noted American corporate architect Gordon Bunshaft for SOM, will be saved for future generations to enjoy.”

Living room looking on a courtyard with a pool
A courtyard pool will be restored

While the sculptural external concrete frames that animate the three-storey buildings will be retained, curtain wall glazing will be replaced to meet the current safety and environmental standards.

An external central courtyard will be added to Hayes Park Central, mirroring the existing courtyard at Hayes Park South and allowing for dual-aspect homes.

The design will also reinstate a reflective pool that once occupied the central courtyard of Hayes Park South, for which Bunshaft had referenced minimalist Japanese gardens.

Aiming to create a focal point that connects residents with nature and each other, the courtyard pool will feature a tree on a circular island.

Courtyard at the Hayes Park housing by Studio Egret West
Studio Egret West will add a central courtyard to one of the buildings

The surrounding park landscape will also be updated to suit Bunshaft’s original modernist design while aiming to increase the site’s biodiversity.

“The refreshed landscape approach seeks to achieve Bunshaft’s initial vision of ‘buildings within a pastoral setting’, embracing a verdant modernism strategy,” said director of landscape at Studio Egret West Duncan Paybody.

“Our focus shifts to re-wilded pastures over manicured lawns and garden squares instead of roundabouts,” he told Dezeen. “The goal is to seamlessly weave transects of nature and increased biodiversity into the core of each building plot, reviving lost courtyard features with a nature-based twist.”

Heinz headquarters in London with a sculptural concrete frame exterior
The landscape strategy aims to increase biodiversity

Studio Egret West is a London-based architecture firm founded in 2004 by Christophe Egret and David West.

Other projects by the firm that have been published on Dezeen include a park in central Manchester and the first phase of the renovation of the Park Hill housing estate with HawkinsBrown.

The images are by Hism.


Project credits:

Architect and landscaping: Studio Egret West
Planning and heritage consultant: Iceni
Structural and civil engineering: Whitby Wood
MEP, energy, sustainability, fire engineering: Hoare Lea
Transport engineering and waste: Waterman
Noise and air quality: NRG Consulting
Biodiversity and ecology: Greengage
Arboricultural consultant: Keen Consultants
Accessibility consultant: Jayne Earnscliffe
Daylight and sunlight consultant: Development and Light
Quantity surveyor: Hennessy-Godden
Building control: Socotec

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Paris duplex by Johanna Amatoury references architecture of Greek islands

Hallway of Paris apartment by Johanna Amatoury

Harnessing soft whites and gently curving plaster forms, interior designer Johanna Amatoury has brought a holiday-house feel to this apartment in the peaceful Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine.

The duplex belongs to a couple who work in real estate and their three young children – a globetrotting family with a particular love for the Greek islands.

Exterior of Paris apartment by Johanna Amatoury
Interior designer Johanna Amatoury has renovated a Paris duplex

Amatoury designed their apartment as a homage to the region’s vernacular architecture.

“Because of their love for this part of the world, we arrived in this apartment and imagined a holiday house feeling, using warm and textural materials – very unlike typical Parisian apartments,” she told Dezeen.

“We worked with mineral materials, textures and raw colours in the apartment to provide depth and achieve the desired ambience.”

Hallway of Paris apartment
Curving plaster-covered surfaces feature heavily in the entryway

The design of the home was also shaped by its layout, arranged over the ground and first floors of a large 1980s building that opens onto a small garden.

This encouraged Amatoury to model the apartment on a single-family house.

View into living room of flat by Johanna Amatoury
The design draws on the vernacular architecture of the Greek islands

“We wanted to imagine it as a house, to create a more outside-in atmosphere, increasing all the size of the windows,” she said.

“The apartment is on the garden level, so my guideline was to open as much as possible to the outside and the planting there.”

Living room of Paris apartment
Violetta marble tables anchor the living room

The apartment’s whole floorplan was reworked in order to create a living room, dining room and kitchen that all look onto the gardens outside.

The staircase was relocated to a more logical location close to the entrance, while upstairs the space was completely reconfigured to create four bedroom suites.

Artwork hanging over console table inside Paris apartment by Johanna Amatoury
Artworks reflect the Grecian theme of the interior

As a homage to Greek island architecture, Amatoury used Roman plaster to soften the forms within the apartment, particularly in the entrance hall.

“We used warm, textural materials including lots of softly curving and tactile plaster finishes that give the space a sculptural look,” she said.

“Roman plaster is a very ancient technique that has a mineral appearance with a smooth, soft and slightly glossy finish, which catches the eye and dresses the wall through classic mineral colours while also embracing brighter nuances.”

In the kitchen, smoked walnut timber cabinetry is paired with splashbacks and worktops made of Navona travertine.

Set in an otherwise open-plan space, the area is enclosed in glazed panels.

“The family entertains a lot and cooks a lot, both the parents and the children,” Amatoury said. “As a result, it was necessary to be able to close off the kitchen while maintaining this visual openness.”

Kitchen of Paris apartment with glass partitions
The kitchen is enclosed by glazed partitions

Much like a window, the glazed panels feature curved grilles and are set on an oak base that creates a visual link with the built-in oak banquette upholstered in white boucle wool.

“We create a lot of benches because they’re so practical, incorporating storage chests, but most importantly for their cosy appeal,” Amatoury said. “Benches introduce a mix of fabrics and through these fabrics, the space becomes more welcoming.”

Dining area of Paris apartment by Johanna Amatoury
Amatoury fashioned an oak seating banquette for the dining area 

For Amatoury, the furniture edit was a balancing act between creating a “harmonious yet eclectic atmosphere” that blends sophistication and comfort.

Taking a central role is the curving sofa in the living room, which is upholstered in off-white linen and paired with monolithic Violetta marble tables.

Stairwell of Paris apartment
A staircase leads up to the second floor

“Its design not only provided a focal point but also added a touch of elegance and softness to the space,” she said.

“The curving shape offered a sense of flow and organic grace, enhancing the room’s visual appeal. The choice of off-white linen contributed to a serene ambience here, promoting a feeling of openness and lightness.”

Bedroom of apartment by Johanna Amatoury
The upper level houses four bedroom suites

Amatoury, who has worked on several residential and commercial interiors across Paris, says she was tasked with the project after the owners admired a home she had completed for friends of theirs.

“They liked our work and especially the warmth we bring to our projects, almost like a cocoon,” she said.

Other residential interiors in the French capital that have recently been featured on Dezeen include a loft apartment in a former textile workshop and a Haussmann-era flat that was restored to its “former glory”.

The photography is by Pierce Scourfield.

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