Last touched in the 1970s, this apartment in Paris’s 19th Arrondissement was, according to architect Lina Lagerstrom, of Septembre, “divided into a lot of small rooms and in very bad shape.” The owners, a young family of four, called in the Septembre team to create an open kitchen/living room in Scandinavian style with birch plywood, white paint, and a hint of mint.
Photography by David Foessel.
Above: The remodel was done for a creative couple, Sabine and Alexis–she’s a graphic designer, he’s a writer/comedian–who wanted a combination of “bright, lively, and cozy.” Birch ply cabinetry defines the kitchen from the rest of the room, and the walls, ceiling, and floor are white (“painted floors are unusual; Parisians are used to their oak parquet,” says Sabine).
Above: The carpentry is the work of Fred de Gasquet of FredFabric. The tall cupboards (which hide the fridge) surround the door to the bathroom.
Above: The low perch dividing the kitchen and living area is a storage space with a removable wooden top for bottles of wine and water. Mint subway tiles and red light cords provide the requested color. See our posts on the Color Cord Company and Wrk-Shp for similar pendant lights.
Above: A trio of mismatched chairs surround the marble-topped table. The white column was a surprise during construction: “We found a bearing post in one of the walls we planned to demolish,” explains Sabine. “It was a big deal at first, but we got used to it–we even like it.”
Above: The double-exposure windows overlook the rooftops of the Right Bank. Sabine’s final word: “It’s a great place to cook while watching the kids–well-conceived and functional. And from the sofa, it offers a great view.”
Above: Septembre’s plans show the bedrooms and bath off the kitchen and the spiral stairs to the roof.
For kitchens with a similar palette, mint tiles included, see Steal This Look: A Mint Green Kitchen from a Scandinavian Stylist and Steal This Look: A Kitchen in Gothenburg, Sweden. Also check out 5 Favorites: Minty Bathrooms, Retro Edition.
For more inspiration, browse the Kitchens in our photo gallery. (Search by color and materials to find the look you’re after.)
This post is an update; the original ran on February 27, 2015, as part of our Clean Living issue.