Resting at the meeting point between the two floors, the sculptural curves of a sweeping staircase introduce a novel balance between the apartment’s genesis and its new relevance. “The plaster-clad staircase forms an interesting passage between the living room and private rooms,” Hélène explains. “They [the clients] wanted something that exuded warmth yet remained enough of a ‘blank canvas’ to display art and design objects.”
Bleached oak floors, open connections between rooms, plasterwork and ornamentation and a glass-enclosed atelier d’artiste conjure a sophisticated atmosphere transcending time and style. “These provided a solid base to draw inspiration from. The combination of old proportions, materials, and new design gestures gives it a timeless yet still Haussmannian feel,” Hélène says.