Designer Visit: Paris Meets Provence by

Issue 91 · The Nonchalant Kitchen · September 26, 2013

Designer Visit: Paris Meets Provence

Issue 91 · The Nonchalant Kitchen · September 26, 2013

French designer Roxane Beis blends urban chic and rustic charm in her kitchen in the 20th arrondissement.

The once-prosaic counter and island are transformed into sculptural forms with the application of cement render, a mixture of lime, sand, and volcanic ash that's used to smooth over rough concrete or brick walls, and is typically associated with rural abodes—in Provence, for example. In her lofty, white, urban setting, Beis updates the material by applying it to minimalist forms and pairing it with sleek stainless-steel appliances. 

Photographs via Roxane Beis.

Roxane Beis kitchen, industrial black pendant lights | Remodelista

Above: Rising from a polished concrete floor, the designer's kitchen counter and island appear at once clean-lined and rustic.

Roxane Beis kitchen, industrial black pendant lights | Remodelista

Above: The 1,800-square-foot apartment occupies a former print shop.

Roxane Beis kitchen, bridge mounted goose neck faucet | Remodelista

Above: A large industrial pendant lights the island. 

Roxane Beis kitchen, bridge mounted goose neck faucet | Remodelista

Above: A gooseneck bridge faucet pivots over a double sink. 

Roxane Beis kitchen, stainless steel dishasher, reclaimed wood doors, white solid plaster, white cement render | Remodelista

Above: Beis introduced a rustic texture with reclaimed wood doors on the island.

Roxane Beis kitchen, bridge mounted goose neck faucet | Remodelista

Above: Solid plaster or cement render surfaces can have a polymer additive introduced to the cement, lime, and sand mix for enhanced water resistance, flexibility, and adhesion.

Roxane Beis kitchen, stainless steel appliances and drawers, white solid plaster, white cement render | Remodelista

Above: The primary materials in the kitchen are stainless steel and cement render. 

Roxane Beis kitchen, stainless steel appliances and drawers, white solid plaster, white cement render | Remodelista

Above: Stainless-steel fronted drawers are framed by white cement render—a case of opposites attracting. 

Roxane Beis kitchen, stainless steel appliances and drawers, white solid plaster, white cement render | Remodelista

Above: The cement render is continued up the wall where it becomes a protective backsplash. 

Roxane Beis kitchen, industrial black pendant lights | Remodelista

Above: On the sink-side of the island, Beis uses a traditional French country-kitchen detail: under-the-counter curtains to hide storage.

Roxane Beis kitchen, industrial black pendant lights | Remodelista

Above: White Tolix chairs add an industrial feel to the rustic wood dining table.

Roxane Beis kitchen, shelves under industrial windows | Remodelista

Above: A set of formed concrete shelves covered with cement render provide storage under the long window run.

Roxane Beis kitchen, industrial windows, concrete floors | Remodelista

Above: Beis used photos of the kitchen pre-construction to sketch its future incarnation.

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