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Against the Grain: Atelier Ordinaire’s Prefab All-Wood House in Beaune, Burgundy

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Against the Grain: Atelier Ordinaire’s Prefab All-Wood House in Beaune, Burgundy

October 29, 2018

Not long ago, we stumbled upon a home tour on The Socialite Family that stood out among its addictive inventory of sternly chic Parisian lofts and très jolie Old World residences. This minimalist house is a prefab, for one thing, and it’s located not in the city but in picturesque Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy.

Owned by Camille and Guillaume Boillot (a sixth-generation winemaker), the house is clad entirely in wood—on the outside and in. The mastermind behind it is architect Thomas Walter, founder of Atelier Ordinaire. Like many design origin stories these days, this one started on Instagram, where the Boillots discovered his arresting work: prefabricated all-wood homes that both recede into the natural environment and catch the eye with their strong geometry.

On the couple’s wish list for their new home: “A classic and timeless architectural form, a simple shape. A large space where children can meet to play, read, or watch a movie. A house bathed in light. An open kitchen that fits our life because we receive a lot of friends and customers. I like cooking but also participate in conversations! A fireplace and lots of storage,” Camille told the Socialite Family.

Judging by the photos, they got everything on their list—and more. Have a look.

Photography by Constance Gennari, courtesy of The Socialite Family.

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Above: The home’s exterior features weather-treated vertical wood slats stained dark to mimic the bark of pine trees. The interior, however, is clad in unstained pine wood for a light and airy feel. The Profile Bench by Stattmann Neue Moebel and Muuto Dot Wall Hooks make up the minimalist entry (see High/Low: Dot Wall Hooks for an inexpensive copycat).
All the cabinets in the kitchen are made of the same wood as the walls and ceilings for a cohesive look. The kitchen is open to the dining and living areas.
Above: All the cabinets in the kitchen are made of the same wood as the walls and ceilings for a cohesive look. The kitchen is open to the dining and living areas.
A casement window above the kitchen sink looks out onto the yard.
Above: A casement window above the kitchen sink looks out onto the yard.
Every window was designed to capture as much natural light as possible—and to frame the outdoors in a compelling way. Built-ins, like this wall of low cabinets that doubles as a bench for the dining table, abound in the home.
Above: Every window was designed to capture as much natural light as possible—and to frame the outdoors in a compelling way. Built-ins, like this wall of low cabinets that doubles as a bench for the dining table, abound in the home.
In the second-floor play room, an Italian-made Cavallo Armchair with a brick-colored seat offers a perch upon which to admire the view from the oversized window, while a Beni Ourain rug provides a cozy spot for floor play; both are available via The Socialite Family.
Above: In the second-floor play room, an Italian-made Cavallo Armchair with a brick-colored seat offers a perch upon which to admire the view from the oversized window, while a Beni Ourain rug provides a cozy spot for floor play; both are available via The Socialite Family.
A low sofa in the play room for lounging, reading, and napping.
Above: A low sofa in the play room for lounging, reading, and napping.
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Above: The Boillots’ youngest child in his built-in bed with storage. The wallpaper is by Sandberg Wallpaper.
The family bathroom features a round vessel sink with a floating wood console.
Above: The family bathroom features a round vessel sink with a floating wood console.

For details and more photographs of Camille and Guillaume’s home, go to The Socialite Family. You can also find more images on Camille’s Instagram account.

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