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Home at the Office: Designer Marianne Evennou’s Paris Work Quarters and Pied-à-Terre

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Home at the Office: Designer Marianne Evennou’s Paris Work Quarters and Pied-à-Terre

November 2, 2018

French interior designer Marianne Evennou is known as a colorist: “Colors for me are like musical notes—they’re all good; you just have to adjust them to make a nice melody.” She also has a thing for interior windows: “The eye needs to be able to escape.”

For years, Evennou worked out of the vast loft she shares with her sculptor/furniture maker husband, Franck Evennou, in the cobblestoned town of Senlis, 45 kilometers north of Paris. More recently, she decided to open an office within easy reach of her many Paris clients and suppliers. After a six month search, she gave up on the idea of a ground-floor courtyard space and settled on a seen-better-days fourth-floor apartment well located in the 11ème, next to the Place de la Bastille. Its selling points: 19th century moldings, two working fireplaces, and old parquetry that “cracks when you walk on it.” Plus just enough room not only for workspace for Evennou and her team, but for a full kitchen, luxe compact bath, and bedroom (for busy days, when it’s hard to commute home). And, of course, all received the Evennou treatment, so the new setup doubles as a showcase. Take a look (for floor plans and a glimpse of what it looked like before, scroll to the very end).

Photography courtesy of Marianne Evennou.

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Above: Evennou painted the entry “from head to toe” in Ashes of Roses from UK paint company Little Greene. “I usually prefer muted colors because I find that they give deeper emotions,” she says.

The hanging light is a Mathieu Matégot Satellite Pendant, a reedition of a 1953 design from Gubi. Evennou commissioned the sculptural coat hooks from her husband—and comments, “the result is that we don’t dare to hang our coats on them…”

The former living room serves as work space number one: a meeting area flanked by the office and kitchen.
Above: The former living room serves as work space number one: a meeting area flanked by the office and kitchen.

Evennou worked with the existing layout but shifted door locations for a better flow; the remodel took three months.

Steel-framed interior windows connect the living room to the work space and kitchen.
Above: Steel-framed interior windows connect the living room to the work space and kitchen.

The conference table is a vintage military canteen table that Evennou found at Merci—”I didn’t even need to repaint it. It was just waiting for me.” The celadon chairs are midcentury Pierre Guariche designs. The lighting is by two Remodelista favorites: Olivier Abry of Wo & Wé in Lyon made the fixture over the table and the Signal 2-Arm Wall Sconce is from Jielde.

Evennou created a bar that opens the main room to the kitchen, and allows her to chat with staff and customers while cooking. The Nicolle Stools are French industrial classics: see Design Sleuth.
Above: Evennou created a bar that opens the main room to the kitchen, and allows her to chat with staff and customers while cooking. The Nicolle Stools are French industrial classics: see Design Sleuth.
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Above: The wooden cabinets and shelves were built on site and “dressed in a very pale green that harmonizes with the gray veined marble of the worktop and tiled backsplash.” (The paint is from Ressource, a French line newly available in the States.)

Evennou recognizes that not everyone is a fan of open kitchen storage, but for her it works: “I like having all my stuff at hand. I see my kitchen as a workshop.”

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Above: Evennou’s splurged on a Aga range in the smallest size available, 24 inches. “We use it everyday for lunch,” she says. (Hers is electric and has a Vitroceram cooktop; here’s a similar gas model). Note the glass- and steel-framed range hood: another instance of Evennou creating an opportunity for the eye to travel. The sink is Villeroy & Boch’s Timbre d’Office.
A steel-framed interior window reveals the workspace opposite the kitchen.
Above: A steel-framed interior window reveals the workspace opposite the kitchen.
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Above: “Most of my projects have interior windows,” Evennou tells us. “I hate to feel trapped in a small space, and, of course, they allow the light to travel.”
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Above: Evennou’s staff ranges from two to four people depending on the day. They work from Eero Saarinen Tulip Chairs at a shared desk with hidden computer cords, a library overhead, and samples stowed in the drawers underneath. The blue is Thé Fumé (Smoked Tea) from Ressource.
The office walls are used as inspiration boards. The shades on the hanging lights are by Paris lampshade maker Marie Sapet of Marie & Toinette. 
Above: The office walls are used as inspiration boards. The shades on the hanging lights are by Paris lampshade maker Marie Sapet of Marie & Toinette
The third workspace/bedroom is situated just beyond the office.
Above: The third workspace/bedroom is situated just beyond the office.
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Above: Evennou’s Napoleon III desk with a Singer chair: “they follow me from move to move.”
The room has a banquette that doubles as a bed. The walls are painted a soothing ash blue from Ressource. The Black Porcelain Wall Lights are from Zangra.
Above: The room has a banquette that doubles as a bed. The walls are painted a soothing ash blue from Ressource. The Black Porcelain Wall Lights are from Zangra.
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Above: “When clients come, they have the feeling of being received in a personal environment that looks quite like the interiors we imagine for them,” says Evennou.
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Above: The bath had occupied what’s now the office. Evennou relocated it to the back, next to the bedroom. It has a “marble mosaic carpet” by tile artist Nathalie Grangé, a Carlton Pedestal Sink from Hudson Reed, and an Aqua Prestige Victoria 10 Towel Rail, a combination rack and radiator. The pedal wastebasket is the Vipp 13.
 Above Evennou managed to incorporate a freestanding tub into the tight space: it&#8
Above Evennou managed to incorporate a freestanding tub into the tight space: it’s UK company Albion Bath’s Short Tubby Toure with a burnished metal finish. Francke Evennou made the small metal table. Practical detail: there’s a  hotel-style retractable laundry line high on the wall above the tub.

Note the combination of square tiles and subway tiles divided by a black frieze.

Plans

Evennou situated the kitchen and meeting room right off the entry. For privacy, the living quarters are tucked in the back. There&#8
Above: Evennou situated the kitchen and meeting room right off the entry. For privacy, the living quarters are tucked in the back. There’s a working fireplace in the third workspace/bedroom.
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Above: The designer’s specs for the bar include a flush under-counter fridge.
The kitchen has another under-counter fridge.
Above: The kitchen has another under-counter fridge.

Before

The apartment came with it original paneling and two fireplaces A mirror now takes the place of the corner niche.
Above: The apartment came with it original paneling and two fireplaces A mirror now takes the place of the corner niche.
The bathroom was relocated and reinvented.
Above: The bathroom was relocated and reinvented.

We’re longstanding fans of Evennou’s work and her way with color. Here are three more of her projects:

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