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A 17TH-CENTURY BUILDING IN PA­RIS, ON PLA­CE DES VO­SGES, HOSTS A COURAGEOUS REINVENTION FLOODED WI­TH LIGHT.

AD (Italy) - - English Texts - words RUBEN MODIGLIANI – pho­tos GIOR­GIO BARONI

A ra­di­cal renovation that does not al­ter the spi­rit of the building, con­duc­ted by the ow­ner of the re­si­den­ce, Cyprien Bru, an architect and eclectic col­lec­tor of art and de­si­gn: «The ba­sic idea was to con­ser­ve the hi­sto­ri­cal cha­rac­ter, ad­ding a mo­dern tou­ch», he ex­plains. The flat was ori­gi­nal­ly com­po­sed of four rooms and a se­ries of cor­ri­dors: a frag­men­ted spa­ce that had not been al­te­red sin­ce the mid-1940s. In spi­te of its great po­si­tion (on the third floor, fa­cing a two-sto­ry building) it was ra­ther dark and gloo­my. «I ra­tio­na­li­zed the lay­out, mo­ving the li­ving area to the we­st, and crea­ting a cor­ri­dor to the be­droom zo­ne that fa­ces out­ward to cap­tu­re light», Bru says. Walls in wood, per­fo­ra­ted me­tal and mar­ble join tra­di­tio­nal ca­se­men­ts and stuc­co mol­dings. Al­mo­st all the fur­ni­shings are col­lec­ti­bles, wi­th a clear pre­fe­ren­ce for Italian Se­ven­ties de­si­gn. But the­re are al­so works by young ta­len­ts. Art al­so plays an im­por­tant ro­le, en­te­ring all the rooms, in­clu­ding the two ba­th­rooms. The eclectic ran­ge of items co­vers un­con­ven­tio­nal 21st-century works, pho­to­gra­phs, small bron­ze pie­ces from the turn of the la­st century. A long di­splay ca­se in the cor­ri­dor di­splays the ow­ner’s col­lec­tion of snea­kers, like an in­stal­la­tion. The ba­sic co­lor is pa­le gray, to set off the ob­jec­ts. Ex­cep­tions in­clu­de the ma­ster ba­th­room, in mar­ble wi­th vi­vid veins, like bru­sh­stro­kes. The kit­chen has sto­ne com­po­si­te walls and floo­ring, mat­ched wi­th warm ma­ple. Ou­tstan­ding pre­sen­ces in the flat in­clu­de a 1970s chan­de­lier by Gae­ta­no Scio­la­ri over a small white ta­ble wi­th co­lor­ful ac­cen­ts by Shi­ro Ku­ra­ma­ta for Mem­phis; a low, li­near ca­bi­net di­splays three lar­ge wa­ter­co­lors by Léo Dorf­ner. A for­mi­da­ble mix.

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